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Bright Receives $1,000 Donation from ALGCC (May 10, 2007)

ALGCC Donates Check to Bright The Assistance League of Greater Collin County, a philanthropic organization serving the area, presented a check for $1,000 to Bright Elementary this month for the Bright Book Club, a program directed at encouraging a love of reading and the Homework Club.

The check was accepted by Principal Susie Graham, Bright Librarian Amanda Hamilton and Denise Wharton, Frisco Independent School District Social Worker.  The ALGCC are great friends of Bright already as they work with the campus each year with Operation School Bell, which provides new school clothes for needy students and sponsored the Homework Club this year, according to Graham.

 The Homework Club was established by the ALGCC volunteers to work with children after school. Spokesman Carol Marsh of the ALGCC noted that the new program got off to a slow start with only about 15 children but that it continued to grow through the year and served a several children who did not have an adult at home after school. The program even inspired one man, Tom Jennings, to break the gender barrier of ALGCC by joining the traditionally all-female group so he could volunteer at Bright. Jennings is the husband of an ALGCC member and provided a great male role model for the children, according to school staff.

The Bright Book Club allows small student groups to read a common book and discuss it with each other and the school librarian. The program promotes a love of reading and allows additional reading opportunities to students, some of whom may not have opportunities to read for recreation in the home.

The ALGCC has been extremely active in Frisco schools. In 2004-2005, the organization began Operation School Bell in Frisco with five schools and 141 children and that has increased to the 2006-2007 school year with seven schools and clothing for 146 underprivileged children. The ALGCC works with the campus principals, counselors and with Denise Wharton, social worker for the district who offices at Bright and Wester.

The Homework Club will start up again next year and part of the money donated to the school this year by ALGCC will be used to provide healthy after-school snacks to participants.