Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stepping Ahead!

What is Stepping Ahead at Rodgers Forge Elementary School?

For the past 18 years, RFES families have partnered with the School and numerous area businesses to create and sponsor STEPPING AHEAD—and have raised more than $350,000 to date!

Thanks to STEPPING AHEAD, our children have unparalleled opportunities to become more creative and collaborative—and to have some good, old-fashioned fun. In the walkathon’s earliest days, it was known as “Rec Trek” and raised money for the RFES playground equipment that our children enjoy.
How does STEPPING AHEAD work?
Funds are raised three ways: 1) corporations, area businesses and individuals make outright gifts as Corporate Sponsors; 2) businesses, organizations, and RFES families donate items for the Silent Auction; and 3) students collect donations from their friends and families.
How can RFES families make STEPPING AHEAD a success?
1.           Become a corporate sponsor. Corporations and individuals may make tax-deductible gifts. It’s a great way to show your support of RFES and public school education! Sponsorship levels range from $50 to $1,000 and up, and there are numerous recognition opportunities.

2.           Support the Silent Auction by bidding AND donating. Teachers donate wonderful experiences like an afternoon at Uncle Wiggly’s—and many parents contribute their services and talents. Silent Auction donors may take a tax-deduction of the item’s full fair market value.

- Are you a plumber, lawyer, interior decorator, electrician, financial planner, landscaper, personal trainer, piano teacher, carpenter, etc.? You can bet there’ll be heavy bidding for a few hours’ of your services!
- What about donating some unforgettable family fun? Families and teachers have donated an afternoon on their sailboat, a concert with their bluegrass band, or a week at their sister’s Park City, UT condo!
- Are you creative? Handmade mosaics, jewelry, artwork, knitting, etc. make the Silent Auction unique!

3.           Volunteer! We need lots of parents to help with STEPPING AHEAD before, during and after the event.

Rodgers Forge Elementary School would like to thank the following businesses for supporting Stepping Ahead 2015:

$250 or more donation
Roland Slate Service Co, Inc; 325 West. 23rd St. Baltimore, MD 21211; 410-532-9037; www.rolandslate.com
Nathanson Dental; 5 Shawan Rd.,  Hunt Valley, MD 21030; 410-891-8547; www.nathansondental.com
Pollard’s Towing Company, 3 Ensor Ave, Towson, MD 21204; 410-823-1808
Towson University www.towson.edu
$500 or more donation
Families of Hopkins Rd.
The American Legion, Towson Post #22 Inc; 125 York Rd., Towson, MD 20214; 410-823-8030; www.TowsonAmericanLegion.org
Midstate Community Bank; 6810 York Rd. Baltimore, MD 21212; 410-377-4330; www.midstatecb.com
Long and Foster Heather Perkins; 1210 Light St. Baltimore, MD 21230; 443-928-9613;  www.facebook.com/heatherperkinsrealty
$1000 or more donation
T. Rowe Price; www.troweprice.com