• SOS (Schools Offer Support)

     

    SOS Logo

     

    SOS (Schools Offer Support) is a nonprofit service organization that provides volunteer services and limited financial support to families within our BPS community that are in need of support. SOS, formerly Seaholm Offers Support, was founded by a group of BPS parents in 2008 who wanted to work with students to build a stronger community through acts of kindness. Over the years SOS has been able to fund and support a vast array of community needs.  Examples include:

    • Annual $1,000 scholarships to college-bound seniors
    • Thanksgiving grocery cards to dozens of families in need each year
    • Holiday gift-giving to families in need each year
    • Financial aid for those faced with sudden emergencies
    • Leaf raking for area seniors
    • Student-organized assistance for those unable to perform household chores

    During this recent pandemic, many of our BPS families have been facing financial hardships. The generous donations to SOS from both individuals and groups has enabled SOS to provide $50 grocery gift cards 30-50 BPS families each week since mid March.  SOS would love your support so they can continue to provide these gift cards weekly to the families in need. You can make a direct donation below or you can help support our fundraiser: SOS Miles for Meals Virtual 5K and 1Mile Run. If you are interested in getting involved in SOS, you can contact one of the SOS Board Officers.

    SOS BOARD OFFICERS

    Co-Presidents - Stephanie Showich and Amy Hochkammer

    Vice President - Alicia Acey

    Secretary - Pam Lucken

    Treasurer - Beth Keifer 

    Founding member - Lisa Corey

    Marketing - Amy Hochkammer

    Communication – Open (keep in mind that Andee Gorbatoff is managing Social Media and will continue to help with this)

    Fundraising -Open

    Membership - Shannon Herbst

    Kids SOS- Dave Eick, Suzanne O’Leary, Beth Keifer & Pam Lucken

    CSO Liaison- Suzanne O’Leary 

     

    SOS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

    Thank you to all our participants!  We hope, that despite the virtual nature of the event, you were able to connect with some friends, get outside, and enjoy a run or walk.  With your participation, we were able to raise over $15,000.  We cannot express our appreciation enough, and we hope to see everyone in person in 2021!

    T-shirt and packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 12-2 pm at Gazelle Sports in downtown Birmingham and on Monday, October 26th from 5-7 pm at Seaholm High School's athletic entrance, near the football field, off of Cranbrook Road.  T-shirts (guaranteed for those registered before October 15th) and awards will be distributed.  Some bags will have extra prizes, so be sure to check through your entire bag!  Please maintain a social distance during packet pick up and remember to wear your mask.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Overall Female - Audrey DaDamio 17:26
    Overall Male - Toland Corum 18:20

    BPS Staff Fastest Female - Vera Pecaj
    BPS Staff Fastest Male - Antonio Boggiano

    Largest Team - Derby NJHS
    Fastest Team - Pace Makers

    Age Group Winners:
    Ken Hall
    Barb Roehling
    John DaDamio
    Phyllis Boland
    Melissa Kosiba
    Peter Frauenheim
    Benjamin Thayer
    Kristin Plumb
    Ronan Tierney
    Sophie Hanawalt

    Seaholm High School Top Finishers:
    Jack Seel
    Anna Warnemuende
    Michael Davies
    Meghan Murray

    Groves High School Top Finishers:
    Jace Bishop
    Megan Gusho
    Aymeric Flaig
    Sydney Jones

    International Academy Top Finishers:
    Claire Thomson

    Berkshire Middle School Top Finishers:
    Cooper Bishop
    Vincent Betanzo
    Mia Boland

    Derby Middle School Top Finishers:
    Krysta O'Donnell
    Spencer Werner
    Reese Frauenheim
    Daniel Cockroft

    Birmingham Covington School Top Finishers:
    Henry Warnemuende
    Cora Bogner
    Rachel Goldstein

    Beverly Elementary Top Finishers:
    Taylor Finnerty

    Bingham Farms Elementary Top Finishers:
    Ellie Brinker

    Greenfield Elementary Top Finishers:
    Joshua Wiercinski
    Lucy Langhorst

    Harlan Elementary Top Finishers:
    Charlie Dobrowitsky

    Pierce Elementary Top Finishers:
    Jane Murray
    Sloane Bogner
    Asher Boehm
    Alex Tronel

    Pembroke Elementary Top Finishers:
    Kaia Heatherly
    Easton Frauenheim
    Luke Moran

    Quarton Elementary Top Finishers:
    Ginny Plumb

    West Maple Elementary Top Finishers:
    Addelyn Bishop

    Thanks again to everyone who participated and donated.  Because of you this event was a huge success and we will be able to help many people in our community.  
    SOS Board

    DONATE TO SOS

    Venmo to @SchoosOfferSupport 

    SOS QR Code                   

    Checks can be made out to SOS and sent to SOS c/o Beth Kiefer at 1480 Pierce St. Birmingham 48009

    A Tax-Wise Way to Support SOS  

    If you are over the age of 70 1/2, you can donate part of your IRA, up to $100,000, to a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, like SOS.  For those already taking required minimum distributions from their IRA, this can be an ideal way to lower your taxable income".  

    For more information, contact Mike Schuchard at 586-295-2099.

    Announcements:

    Schools Offer Support (SOS) Announcement

     

    Club SOS: Teaching Students that Community Matters 

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    Club SOS meets monthly to plan activities in and around the Seaholm community.

    Text @clubSOSal to 81010 to join Club SOS Remind group if lastname begins with A-L

    Text @clubSOSmz to 81010 to join Club SOS Remind group if lastname begins with M-Z

    Student leadership:

    Co-President’s: Tori Beckeman and Grace Ordona

    Co Vice-President's: Catherine Eick and Kate Kiefer

    Secretary: Gabi Betanzos 

    Parent advisors:

    Beth Kiefer

    Dave Eick

    Staff advisor:

    Suzanne O'Leary

    SOS Club selling wooden flowers at Seaholm Musical

    Wooden Flowers

    Leaf Raking for NEXT Community members

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    SOS Holiday Gift Giving

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