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Day of Story Kicks Off Script To Stage Workshop

Twenty fifth-grade students from Bret Harte and Thomas Edison Elementary Schools met for a Day of Story at the Buena Vista branch of the Burbank Public Library on Thursday, March 1.

The students worked one-on-one with volunteer mentors from the Burbank area on developing an idea for a story and creating a movie poster for it, according to Burbank Unified Arts & CTE Coordinator Peggy Flynn.

Burbank Business Partners, a group of local business people who fund and mentor programs for Burbank public schools, wanted to offer a program for students who may not yet have had much exposure to arts, theater and storytelling.

Participants and mentors at the Day Of Story show their posters at the Buena Vista branch of the Burbank Public Library. (Photo By Ross Benson )

Not every child will find a passion in math, science or sports, was Burbank Business Partners’ reasoning, and the group felt it was important to provide an additional outlet to help young students explore their creative and expressive sides.

So the BBP partners with Young Storytellers Foundation, an organization that has provided many programs over the years in Burbank public schools. In the Script to Stage program, YSF teaches students the elements of  storytelling, while partnering each student with a mentor to guide and develop the young writer’s voice.

Storytellers gather to tell their stories. (Photo By Ross A Benson )

BBP is sponsoring the Script to Stage program for these students in the coming months. Over seven weeks, YSF and the volunteer mentors will provide sequential storytelling training once a week at Bret Harte and Edison schools for the participating students during lunch period.

Jessa Freemyer of the Cusumano group helps her student during critiques. (Photo By Ross A Benson )

The Script to Stage program will culminate in a Big Show at which the students’ stories are acted out by professional actors in front of the students and others.

“Burbank Business Partners is dedicated to the proposition that the success of our community depends upon the strength and quality of our schools and Burbank Business Partners is committed to engaging the entire community – businesses, teachers, parents, and students alike – to build partnerships that ensure we are not only meeting, but exceeding, the needs of our most precious commodity: our children,” commented BBP Chair Michael Cusumano.

“The Young Storytellers message is that every child has a story to tell and every voice is important,” Cusumano added.

“Our participation in Young Storytellers is an investment in our youth and is but another step towards enhancing the educational experience that is available in our community.”

Totals Announced in Back To School Night Online Donation Challenge

Burbank Business Partners and Burbank community members donated a grand total of $5,807 to the four Burbank schools—Walt Disney Elementary, Providencia Elementary, John Muir Middle School, and David Starr Jordan Middle School—that participated in the Back to School Night Online Donation Challenge. Burbank Business Partners, who organized the Challenge as the kickoff to its Support Burbank Schools campaign, donated a total of $2,000 to the four participating schools as part of its pledge to match donations of up to $500 per school. The majority of the $3,807 in community member donations, raised primarily during the schools’ respective Back to School Night events, came through the schools’ online fundraising pages at the Support Burbank Schools website.

The Support Burbank Schools campaign is designed to raise awareness of school needs across the Burbank community, with the recognition that parents alone cannot be expected to provide the additional funds, goods and volunteer services Burbank schools need to ensure a dynamic learning environment for all students. The campaign is part of a community-wide effort by Burbank Business Partners, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the need for everyone in the community, including parents, neighbors and local businesses, to support all Burbank schools, public and private.

Burbank Business Partners to Help Schools with Matching Funds

Burbank Business Partners is encouraging the Burbank community to donate to the three schools participating in the Support Burbank Schools campaign—Disney Elementary, Providencia Elementary, and Jordan Middle School—by matching total donations of up to $500 for each school as part of the Back to School Night Online Donation Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to raise $1,000 per school, for a total of $3,000, by the end of the schools’ Back to School Nights. The funds raised will help support programs, field trips and the purchase of supplies for Burbank students.Print

Burbank parents, businesses and residents can donate online to the school or schools of their choice by visiting each school’s donation webpage before the Back to School Night deadlines. Disney and Providencia will hold their Back to School Nights on Thursday, August 27, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Jordan’s Back to School Night will take place on Wednesday, September 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Support Burbank Schools campaign is designed to raise awareness of school needs across the Burbank community, with the recognition that parents alone cannot be expected to provide the additional funds, goods and volunteer services Burbank schools need to ensure a dynamic learning environment for all students. The campaign is part of a community-wide effort by Burbank Business Partners, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the need for everyone in the community, including parents, neighbors and local businesses, to support all Burbank schools, public and private.

Jordan Middle School Wins Burbank Business Partners’ Support Our Schools Award

Jordan Middle School has won Burbank Business Partners’ 2013 Support Our Schools Award. The school’s “Cougar Vision,” a video broadcast program shot and edited by students that focuses on pertinent school issues (e.g. bullying), was chosen among eight finalists in a month-long competition designed to highlight dynamic collaborations and to build broader community support for Burbank schools. The announcement was made today by Burbank Business Partners via their web site, www.burbankbusinesspartners.com.

Jordan Teacher Richard Lightfoot, Jamie Keyser , Lisa Rawlins and Principal Stacy Cashman. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jordan Teacher Richard Lightfoot, Jamie Keyser , Lisa Rawlins and Principal Stacy Cashman. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This award represents the culmination of a great deal of support from the local business community, from Reality Check and the Burbank Arts for All Foundation to Fritz Coleman donating green screens,” said Jordan Middle School President Stacy Cashman. “The thing I love about this project is that it’s really a demonstration of what happens when people from all different parts of the community come together to support, fund, and help create something innovative in the schools, so it’s been a true pleasure to watch it evolve.”

Burbank Business PartnersThroughout the month of March, members of the Burbank community participated in the contest by voting online for the nominee they felt best exemplified creative thinking, educational innovation, or “out-of-the-box” learning opportunities. Online votes accounted for 50% of the score for each nomination; the remaining 50% was determined by a panel of judges that included Alethia Calagias, Community Relations, Logix Federal Credit Union; David Escobar, Vice President – Investments, UBS Financial Services; and Terry Walker, Project Manager, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. As the winner, Jordan Middle School will be awarded $1,000.

Burbank Business Partners continues to seek and celebrate extraordinary efforts and collaborations across the city to highlight the many and varied ways in which the community – both businesses and individuals – can become more involved with local schools.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This award is designed to both generate broader awareness of these important programs unique to Burbank schools and encourage members of the community to help them make an even bigger impact,” said Lisa Rawlins, Principal Partner, Burbank Business Partners. “We’re so pleased to be supporting Jordan Middle School’s innovative broadcast program, and our goal is to continue to contribute to such initiatives around Burbank moving forward.”

2013 Support Our Schools Award Competition Wants Your Vote

Burbank Business Partners’ 2013 Support Our Schools Award competition, which launched last week, continues to foster community awareness
concerning the myriad programs and partnerships at the Burbank schools. The award is intended to provide essential recognition of the induring efforts made by teachers, parents, and community partners, as well as to generate further support of local schools.

BPPBBP has chosen eight finalists for the competition, each representing extraordinary efforts and collaborations across the city. All eight nominees are featured on BBP’s web site,  www.burbankbusinesspartners.com, which includes a video highlighting the many and varied ways in which the community – both businesses and individuals – can become more involved with local schools.

Members of the Burbank community are encouraged to participate in the contest by visiting the site, learning about each of the eight finalists, and voting for one to win the award. Voting is active now through March 31, and the winner will be announced on April 3.

Through its Support Our Schools Award competition, BBP extends to its surrounding community the unique opportunity to reward these outstanding achievements while coming together in support of Burbank schools.

Burbank Business Partners Celebrate Schools

It’s Awards Season and ‘Celebrate Our School’ handed out awards for the best.

Burbank Business Partnership is a group of business and community leaders who are committed to developing sustainable multi-level support for the educational efforts of our community by cultivating enhanced business and community partnerships or our schools.

This past week teachers, students, Studio Vice Presidents, and members of the business community all gathered at Lakeside County Club to present their awards to programs that enhance our Burbank schools. There were several hundred in attendance, and the programs and classes that received the awards were as good as SAG awards or others.

The first award presented was The Educational Innovation Award, this award was to the students who went beyond the basics and realized their ‘untapped potential’. This award was given to the project, program or initiative that best demonstrated a unique, ‘out of the box’ learning  opportunity that reflects resourcefulness and strives to generate community participation.

Celebrate Our Schools Educational Innovation Award winners ‘ Start Your Engines’ (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Those nominated were “Cast Iron Chef” from John Muir Middle School, ‘Golden Ticket Club’ from Bret Harte Elementary School, and “Start your Engine” from Luther Burbank Middle School.

And the winner was……. “Start Your Engine” a group of middle school students under the direction of teacher Joe Reed rebuilt a 1969 Bonanza mini bike from total dilapidation to running again in perfect condition.  The students went out to the community to get help with parts and what it would take to put this mini bike back running again.

The second award presented was The Resource Building Award; with limited school funding it affects our community in a myriad of ways. Raising funds to support fundamental programs and to provide enhanced learning opportunities is a ongoing challenge. This award acknowledges the initiative, persistence, and creative vision it took to capture and develop community support for our schools.

Celebrate Our Schools Resource Building Award winners ‘ Computer Champions’. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

These nominees for this award were “All American Show Choir Super Show” Burbank Arts for All Foundation Burbank & Burroughs VMA programs. “Computer Champions” Thomas Jefferson & Theodore Roosevelt Elementary Schools, “Disney Diggers Garden” Walt Disney Elementary School.

And the award was presented to…….. “Computer Champions” These kids were using 12 year old computers, most of them didn’t even work and it was frustrating to students. Their teacher arranged “Math-a-thons” to help raise funds and with the help of local business they were able to upgrade to new computers so that kids were now introduced to computers in Kindergarten and by the fifth grade they are fully computer literate and able to to make projects like PowerPoint and others.

The third and final award was the Community Engagement Award sustained community engagement is vital to the schools success. Challenges exist that provide opportunities for everyone in Burbank to connect with the schools in powerful ways.  This award recognized efforts dedicated to building broad, inclusive and diverse support around ideas, projects and learning.

The nominees for this award were “KaBoom Playground” Burbank Adult School, “Kobe’s Community Garden” Community Day School and “Paper Clips Club” Burbank High School.

Celebrate Our Schools Community Engagement Award winners ‘Paper Clips Club’. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The award was presented to…… “Paper Clips Club” from Burbank High School. These students are deeply concerned about the continuing threat of genocide around the world, these Burbank High students formed the “Paper Clips Club” in 2008, and they seek to prevent genocide through a three-tiered approach of awareness, advocacy, and action. They extended their impact by reaching out to other organizations within Burbank High School and the community. They strengthened their advocacy through letters, petitions, and interaction with other clubs and organizations. They have raised funds to directly help those in affected regions.

The presenters David Nos, Sue Georgino, and Michael Cusumano, who had hands on with all the efforts of the programs and were involved in the making of a video to show each groups accomplishments.

If you want to get involved remember these kids are students now and will be the workforce here in Burbank in the next couple of years, so what you put in today will benefit everyone here in Burbank in years to come. Go to www.BurbankBusinessPartners.com to find out how you can get involved.

Celebrate Our Schools award winners and nominees. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)