Q: What is Adopt-a-Class?
A: It is a unique program overseen by the Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars (BCSFDS) 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. 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 at the BHS Guidance Office.

 

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 waiting 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. Effective with the Class of 2018, any high school student who does not complete 2 hours of volunteering during any given year will still be eligible to apply for a scholarship if they complete a minimum of 16 hours of volunteering during their high school years. For example: You did 2 hours in Grade 9, 10, missed 11 now in grade 12 you need make up points to bring you to a total of 16 to qualify. 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 signed by the student. Non-BHS students can find out about upcoming events on the BHS principals blog / daily announcements or the BCSFDS website and can sign up to volunteer by emailing Karen DiSanto at disanto@bpsk12.org or Theresa Cavanaugh at cavanaugh@bpsk12.org.

 

Q: So, GRADES and SPORTS and EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 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, Adopt-a-Class awards totaling $562,085 have been given out to 689 students. 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 funds the class raises 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, annual pie sale, raffles, Jim Plunkett night, spring gala night, an 80's themed event, wrapping paper. There are also local restaurants that will give a percentage of the sales on a dedicated night. It's all up to the class!

 

Q: Who is my child's Parent Coordinator/Sponsor? How can I get involved?
A: Click here for information on each class.

 

Q: Where can I find the full listing of Adopt-a-Class guidelines?
A: Click here for information on the guidelines for Business Partners and Volunteers.

 

Adopt-a-Class Board
Debra Avery, davery@bcsfds.org
Rose Hatch, rhatch@bcsfds.org
Susan Lavacchia, slavacchia@bcsfds.org
Joe Warrino, jwarrino@bcsfds.org

Theresa Cavanaugh, BHS Coordinator, cavanaugh@bpsk12.org
Karen DiSanto, BHS Coordinator, disanto@bpsk12.org

Debbie Keene, AAC Coordinator, dkeene@bcsfds.org