A whopping $36,000 was recently raised to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie County in their efforts to raise much needed funds for the organization’s mentoring and literacy programs. Thanks to Northport K-8 School taking a major lead with great fellowship, money and bowling skills to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters in bowling for kids. The Northport K-8 team consisted of teachers, administrators, friends and family members with lots of cheerleading and support from family and friends.
It was a successful event to enhance the Big Brothers Big Sisters program as well as a good old fashioned birthday celebration for Dr. Judi Miller, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters and longtime champion of St. Lucie County children and families. The event was a great promotion of family fun and community involvement!
100 Years of Big Brothers Big Sisters History:
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. And we have over a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates to thank.
It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.
At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court. That group would later become Catholic Big Sisters.
Both groups continued to work independently until 1977, when Big Brothers Association and Big Sisters International joined forces and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
More than 100 years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founders’ vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children. And, today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states—and in 12 countries around the world.
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) Oct. 2013