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Adopt-A-Class

Q: What is Adopt-a-Class?
 
A: It is a unique program overseen by the Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation (BCSF) in which a local business or organization commits to working with a specific graduating class to raise funds from the time the children are in kindergarten through 12th grade. Through sponsor donations and events/activities planned by the class, funds are raised, invested and distributed as scholarships in the spring of the senior year of high school. Each class has volunteers consisting of a Parent Coordinator(s), a Committee, and a Corporate Sponsor.
 
The Corporate Sponsor makes a yearly donation to the class during the Annual Telethon. That money can be used by the Committee to fund and plan larger events and activities to raise MORE money – if the class chooses to do that.
 
Q: Who is eligible to apply for an Adopt-a-Class scholarship?
 
A: ALL school-aged (K-12) Burlington residents who are graduating that year and have volunteered their required minimum hours for AAC approved events. A student does NOT have to attend Burlington high school. Students must apply in their senior year by filling out an application available through the high school blog.
 
Q: What is the “Points System”?
 
A: This is how the Points System works:
1 volunteer hour = 1 point. 
K-8th grade: Parents may earn points for their children through events/activities planned by that Class Committee. Kids may help their parents but must be supervised and it is recommended that they wait until 8th grade.
High School: Only students earn points – they MUST earn a *minimum* of 2 points per year (9th-12th grade) for a total of 8 points. Points earned prior to HS do not count towards this minimum. Points are earned through specific, AAC-approved events (list is available through HS) and sign in/out sheets must be used. 
Q: So, GRADES and SPORTS and EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVIES are not considered?
A: Correct. This program is about volunteer work and community service.
Q: How are hours tracked?
A: K-8th grade, points are turned in to the AAC Board via the Parent Coordinators for events/activities done that year. In HS, students must sign in/out for AAC-approved activities and those forms are kept by the Board. Regardless of tracking done by the AAC Board, families should keep their own records.
Q: How many scholarships are given out every year? Is there a limit for amounts/points?
A: The AAC Board aims to give out as many scholarships as possible. Since 1999 over 350 have been given out. During senior year, the AAC Board looks at the class money earned, number of completed applications, and all points earned (lowest to highest and in between) and comes up with scholarship “ranges/levels”. All scholarship ranges each year are completely dependent upon what is earned by that class. The more the class does, the better!
Q: What sorts of events can the Parent Coordinators, Committee and Corporate Sponsor do to raise money and earn points?
A: Parent Coordinators and their Committee initiate and plan the events/activities (with financial help from the Corporate Sponsor). Examples have included bake sales, cookbook sales, outdoor fall events, a cinco de mayo event, spring gala night, and an upcoming 80’s themed event (planned for 3/2/12). It’s all up to the class!
Q: Who is my child’s Parent Coordinator/Sponsor? How can I get involved?
A: This information is available in flyers available through the Town Hall, High School, and is being updated on the AAC website: http://www.burlington.org/residents/class_sponsors.php
 
High School Student Volunteers
High school students need to listen to the daily announcements as they include Adopt A Class volunteer opportunities. They are also posted on the Principals BLOG under the daily announcements. Students can inquire at the BHS Main office with Mrs. Miliano, she is aware of all of the events and the sign up sheets are in the Main office on the counter.
Students can also check with Mr. Sullivan he is the Associate Principal and the BCSF Adopt A Class liaison. He is notified of all the events after they have been approved by the AAC board.
**Parents of elementary and middle school students only will receive credit for hours worked at the October 23 event. Please email dkeene@burlmass.org if you are interested in volunteering. All other events are for high school student only.