BYRON – Byron Community Revitalization has made a $3,000 grant to Byron High School to help produce Challenge Day 2014 for all incoming freshman.
“BCR conducts an annual fundraiser – an alumni basketball game – to help raise money for Challenge Day,” BCR Board President Jamie Buck said. “This $3,000 grant, to help pay for Challenge Day 2014, represents proceeds from our 2013 alumni game.”
The $3,000 grant, presented at the Byron School District Board of Education June meeting, brings to $12,500 the total amount BCR has donated to Challenge Day in the last four years, according to BCR Executive Director Betsy Floski. Of that amount, $5,000 was in the form of grants entrusted to BCR by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois the remainder was donated from BCR’s local fundraising efforts with the assistance of many business sponsors, including “Presenting Sponsor” – Byron Bank.
“The Byron Community Revitalization board identified Challenge Day as one of the most meaningful efforts in our community to benefit youth and to help grow ethical young leaders,” Floski said. “Our partnership with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has helped us to provide a reasonably stable funding source for a program that, in light of local school funding challenges, might otherwise be in peril.”
Challenge Day is a two-day seminar designed to provide high school freshman with workshops that address cliques, gossip, negative judgments, harassment, intolerance and bullying. Seminar leaders work with students, staff and community volunteers to help students reject stereotypes by recognizing the commonalities they all share.