Originally Published: April 17, 2017 6:03 a.m.
On Sunday, April 9, staff from all nine HUSD schools descended upon Antelope Lanes in Prescott Valley to participate in the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters (YBBBS) “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser. All nine schools had teams bowling, as well as a team from the district office.
This is Humboldt’s seventh year participating in this lively fundraiser and this year HUSD raised over $12,000 for YBBBS! This is money that goes directly to programs to match more kids. During this school year HUSD has had 10 students matched with “bigs” and that number is going to rise with fundraising efforts like this. Last year Bowl for Kid’s Sake raised enough money to match about 250 “littles” with “bigs” in Yavapai County. It is truly a great partnership between HUSD and Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters! It’s a win-win for our students too! Matched students receive guidance and mentorship from their “bigs” which in turn shows a positive effect on their social skills, learning and all around wellness.
According to YBBBS, “studies have shown that compared to all other children their age, boys and girls who are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister are 40 percent less likely to get arrested. Compared to their peers, matched youth are: 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol and 52 percent less likely to skip school. The program really works. These are impressive results when you consider the many risks faced by kids in our society. That’s why matching caring volunteers to children on a waiting list is so important.”
Anyone interested in this event can call Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters to register a team. YBBBS will send your team captain a packet. The team captain will recruit four additional people to bowl on their team. Each team member is then given pledge sheets to ask friends, family and co-workers to donate to their team. Each team can set a pledge goal for their team and encourage each member to work toward the goal. The event dates are scheduled by YBBBS and the team arrives ready to bowl. Its two hours of fun and games and for a great cause, our kids!
Information provided by Humboldt Unified School District.