Dear TCS Community:
The beginning of the new calendar year is always an exciting and hectic time for us at TCS. First and foremost, we are concentrating on helping our students, participants, and families get back into the groove; sometimes it can be challenging to refocus on life goals after an extended break from the regular routine. In addition, we have taken what we’ve learned about our participants during the fall semester and tried to incorporate relevant new ideas into everyone’s schedule.
For example, I am now leading a small chess group with a couple of young adults. A group like this can have many purposes. In this case, it is a high-interest subject during the first period of the day that helps the participants to arrive on time; a topic that allows for the exploration of a range of emotional states, including frustration, disappointment, surprise, and excitement; and a time to improve at multi-step planning and strategic thinking. The first meeting of this group also suggests that it will be a time to beat me regularly at chess.
Apart from our focus on the students and participants, January is the time that we focus on the upcoming Southern Soiree. This event, a centerpiece of our annual fundraising strategy, takes a sustained and coordinated effort to pull off. Stephanie Solomon and Jasmine Camp are again this year doing an amazing job making it look effortless. With a range of silent auction items, several high-profile live auction items, and a store filled with TCS emblazoned coffee tumblers (a new item this year!), water bottles, T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts (also new!), we are hopeful that this event can generate as much as $50,000 in support for TCS programs.
Tickets are available for purchase right now at www.thecommunityschool.net/southernsoiree. Prices are going up, so don’t hesitate to get them now; this also helps us to prepare more effectively for the event!
We are honored that our families trust us to do the work that we do with their students and young adult participants. We are constantly striving to provide better value and the most effective support we can. We hope that you will come celebrate with us at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 10th at the Old Decatur Courthouse. There will be drinks, food, and dancing, and your participation will help us to keep doing our work.
I hope to see you there!