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Community Outreach Team April Events

COT Strikes up Support for Big Brother Big Sister

April’s outreach event was unique in the fact that we went bowling – I’m quite certain that’s a first. It was like many other events though in the fact that we really enjoyed being together. Two teams (teachers vs. seniors) raised funds to donate to Big Brother Big Sister’s annual fundraising drive: “Bowl for Kids Sake” held at Sun Valley Lanes.

“It was easy going and fun to participate in” said senior Ashlee Mitchell. “And, knowing it is for a great cause makes it even more meaningful.”

The two teams’ combined effort raised hundreds of dollars in support of this mentoring service. According to its website, (, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ impact on our community’s boys and girls is significant.

“We are so grateful to have a strong partnership with Lincoln Lutheran,” said Nicole Hecht Juranek, Director of Corporate Relations. “Our organization depends on the commitment of our volunteers, contributions from our donors and collaborations with our community partners. We have really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know teachers and students from Lincoln. We look forward to working together in the future.”

In addition to creating more positive attitudes toward school performance and family relations, researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their “bigs”, the “littles” brothers and sisters are:

46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
27% less likely to begin using alcohol
52% less likely to skip school
37% less likely to skip a class
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs

Partnership with Brownell Elementary is a Meaningful Ride

Wednesday, April 29th at Brownell Elementary (60/Aylesworth) from 6-8pm, Lincoln Lutheran volunteers helped youngsters learn bicycle safety. Students managed safety stations that helped elementary students learn bicycle skills and safety rules. It would be more than fair to say that watching the high schooler’s expressions was even more charming than watching 2nd graders learning to weave figure-eights on a bike.

“It was really fun talking to the kids,” said junior Kacey Kohlhof. “We talked about more than just bicycle safety and it was fun to make a connection with them.”

Brownell’s after school program marks the 14th organization served by the Community Outreach Team in its first year. Service efforts have resulted in over 740 hours by 140 unique volunteers.

The event for May will be serving a meal at the Gathering Place. Contact Joel Stoltenow ( for more information.

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