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Strikeouts for Stellar Education hits home run for local charities

CAPPA, Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action.

A volunteer works with two students at a CAPPA after-school program.

At Susquehanna I help manage the Strikeouts for Stellar Education program! I may not be the most avid baseball fan, but there is one thing this season I am totally thrilled about: helping kids in our communities through Strikeouts! So far this season, we’ve contributed more than $10,000 to educational programs across our footprint!

How does Strikeouts work?

For every strikeout thrown by a player with one of our minor league partner teams at a home game, Susquehanna will make a $10 donation to a local charity committed to education, for a total of up to $5,000 per team!

While we often highlight the teams, I’d like to take the opportunity to tell you about the organizations and some of the individuals who benefit from Strikeouts!

Camden RiverSharks playing for the BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF CAMDEN COUNTY

“We are thrilled that the Strikeouts program will once again fund the Club’s Power Hour: Making Minutes Count program” says Bernadette Shanahan, the Club’s executive director. Power Hour helps our Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners

Here’s a story of one young student:

One activity we use, Fast Math, helps children learn how to solve math problems in a competitive but fun atmosphere.  We have one second grader who struggled in math and when new concepts were introduced he had a hard time completing his homework. Once we introduced Fast Math, he quickly learned how to multiply and divide better.  I bet he could add up the strikes quickly!

Camden RiverSharks also playing for the CHARLES MELTON CENTER

The funds raised through the Strikeouts for Stellar Education program go towards their New Directions after-school and summer-enrichment programs.  New Directions provides a safe haven after school. The children receive homework assistance, life-skills coaching, drama and music workshops, arts, crafts and recreational trips. 

A grandparent recently told us:

Since kindergarten, my grandson, who is now in first grade, has been in a reading and writing group designed for students who are slower learners in those areas.  As of April, I am so proud to share that my grandson is no longer in the reading group and no longer has a reading/writing chart monitoring his progress. He is now able to read and write at his first-grade level.  This achievement has come after a lot of hard work on his part, but also from the help and hard work of the staff of New Direction. 

Lancaster Barnstormers playing for the BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF LANCASTER COUNTY

The Strikeouts program supports the Power Hour homework help program at the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster. By ensuring children have the help from caring adults and resources they need to complete homework, we are ensuring they are prepared for learning in school – and achieving academic success today and well into their future!” ~Karen Schloer, CEO

Here’s a little story about Abanoub:

Abanoub is a bright young man who has attended the Club for the past seven years. When Abanoub first came to the Club, he did not speak any English and struggled with his elementary school work. At the Club, however, he quickly found a place to get help with his homework, play basketball, and meet new people who are now considered lifelong friends. Abanoub is now eighteen and will be graduating from high school and looks forward to attending college. He attributes his success to the Club and the support from caring staff.

Hagerstown Suns playing for the BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF WASHINGTON COUNTY

Strikeouts for Stellar Education is helping Washington County youth become responsible, caring citizens to develop leadership skills. Fountaindale teachers said children who attend the Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp Program were more ready for school than other children in their class. We can thank Strikeouts for Stellar Education for enhancing the children in our community.

Williamsport Crosscutters playing for CAPPA (Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action)

Because of partners like Susquehanna Bank’s program “Strikeouts for Stellar Education” CAPPA is in its twelfth year of providing comprehensive youth intervention and development programs and services provided at no cost for children living in Williamsport and surrounding communities.  The CAPPA Neighborhood Network Center provides extended learning opportunities for youth in a safe, drug free and supervised environment afterschool. Of the 76 participants in its After School Academic Enrichment Program, 69 percent showed an improvement in grade-point average from the first marking period to the third marking period of the 2012-2013 school year!

State College Spikes playing for the YMCA OF CENTRE COUNTY

The funds from Strikeouts benefit elementary school children in our after school programs which serve the State College, Bellefonte and Philipsburg-Osceola Area school districts. Because of this support, we can ensure that no child is turned away from the Y’s programs due to limited financial resources.

From a parent: “My son loves the YMCA after-school program. The Y has been a positive influence in his life. Before coming to the Y, he was shy, had few friends, and did not enjoy doing his homework. Since coming to the Y, he has been more outgoing and most of his homework is finished by the time he gets home. This extra time allows us more time to be a family and spend more time enjoying family events. My son now takes an interest in completing his homework so he can enjoy all of the other activities that are for the students of the after-school program.”

Harrisburg Senators playing for CHANNELS FOOD RESCUE

Through the Backpack Program, Channels prepares and delivers backpacks weekly for children to take home. Backpacks are filled with non-perishable food items that children and families can enjoy over the weekend when after school and summer programs are closed.

Harrisburg Senators also playing for HARRISBURG PUBLIC SCHOOL ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM

Through the Adopt-A-Classroom Program, local businesses assist the Harrisburg Public School Foundation with providing much needed supplies to classrooms in the Harrisburg School District.

York Revolution playing for the BYRNES HEALTH & EDUCATION CENTER

This year’s beneficiary organization, the Byrnes Health Education Center, provides health education programming to students in York County.  Programming covers focus areas of nutrition and fitness, character education and behavioral health, substance abuse, general health and human growth and development.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs playing for the BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ALLENTOWN

The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown Board, staff and members are thrilled to once again be the recipient of Susquehanna Bank’s Strikeouts for Stellar Education program during the 2014 IronPigs baseball season.

The Club said: This generous donation will be used to underwrite the many educational programs we provide our school age members every day.  Classes focus on such things as literacy and math skills, homework help, and computer technology enrichment.  The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown’s eight Clubhouses are located near where our youth live – in inner-city neighborhoods, in their schools and in the public housing developments – making it easily accessible to them.  Our trained, caring and professional staff and volunteers provide a positive environment where youth are engaged in learning to build key skills necessary for success in school and in today’s world. 

Reading Fightin Phils playing for the Olivet Boys & Girls Club

The Strikeouts for Stellar Education supports the Smart Girls program which helps young girls to develop healthy attitudes and lifestyles. To accomplish this, the program addresses health and social issues that are specific to female Club members ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 17.

Said one participant: “I got to understand what drugs, alcohol, and bullying was really about and how we can overcome the problem and approach it to others. I can honestly say since that day Smarts has expanded my interest and I love going to every meeting and enjoy helping others who are going through similar situations.”

Getting involved in Strikeouts is easy. Attend a local minor league game this season and cheer on the pitcher, because every strikeout he throws will give one of our beneficiaries $10! The games are interactive and fun, plus you might even catch a hotdog. Not sure what I’m talking about? Attend a Lancaster Barnstormer game and you’ll find out!

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