UPDATE: Thanks to YOUR donations, we have been able to purchase (most of) a new van. Because of the money raised over the past few months and the generous grant from Movement Mortgage, we were able to put $13,000 down on a van and finance the remaining $7,000 at 0%. With the money raised here as well as another gift from Jan-Pro cleaning, we are over 85% of the way to our goal. We wanted to keep you updated on our progress and let you know that we are still hoping to complete our goal here on Crowdrise over the next few months, to help with our monthly payments to pay off the rest of the van. The timing on this was perfect, as we were able to start off our new season with our new van! It is much easier to get in the swing of things with kids from the start of something than to change around expectations and routines once they have begun, so thank you for helping us get there!
ABOUT: Our van is old enough to go to college, and we're hoping to replace it so that our students can continue on their path to college! The van that we are currently driving is 6 years older than our oldest student. Our '97 van that we are currently driving has been a wonderful mode of transportation for us, but its days are limited. We are very thankful and fortunate to have received a $10,000 grant from Movement Mortgage to help us purchase a van to replace Big Teal and we have raised another $2,950 at our Inaugural Golf Event this fall. We are hoping to raise another $4,050 to reach $17,000, with which we believe we can purchase a van that will carry SUS into the future (one from this decade!). WHY? Why does a van matter so much, you might ask... Our van is what gets all of our students to and from practice and tutoring each day. Without a trusty van, we are not able to transport our students to the squash facilities where they are able to get on the courts and continue to strengthen and embody our core values of Integrity, Grit, and Progress. Ultimately it is the practice each day both on the court and in the classroom that will help our students graduate from high school ready to be successful in college and their future careers. And surprisingly enough, it is the van that allows this all to happen.