Goodwill Packer Up Challenge 2013 - John Long could win a visit from Donald Driver!
Published on Mar 26, 2013 09:08

John Long Students and Families,

Ever wondered what it would be like to combine donating to a great cause and meeting a Super Bowl Champion Packer football player?   Well, do we have the answer for you that is “double” the fun!  As we approach the final stretch up to Spring Break, we would like to share with you an exciting opportunity that our school and community will be participating in during the month of April!

John Long Middle School has the amazing opportunity to participate in the Goodwill Packer Up Challenge for 2013.  This challenge is sponsored by Goodwill Stores of Wisconsin.  The school in Wisconsin that donates the most amounts of items to Goodwill on behalf of their school wins the opportunity for Super Bowl winner Donald Driver to visit their school.   

The donation window is right around the corner; April 1- April 30, 2013.  April 1st falls during Spring Break, so it is perfect motivation to get started on that spring-cleaning list and start donating.

The Packer Up Challenge event is open to any elementary or grade schools in Wisconsin.  It’s a great opportunity for families to give back to their community, get some spring cleaning done, and help John Long bring Donald Driver to our school!

Prizes for schools with the most amounts of items donated from April 1-April 30 are:

1st Place: A visit by Donald Driver, 12 autographed copies of Donald Driver's children's book and an authentic autographed Packer helmet, signed by Donald Driver.
2nd and 3rd Place: 12 autographed copies of Donald Driver's children's book.
It’s simple to donate, here’s what you do:

1) Clean out your closets, basements, garage, under the bed, wherever…

2) Count up your gathered items to donate.  

3) *Put your donated items in boxes or bags and bring them to your nearest Goodwill store between the dates of April 1 and April 30.
Grafton Goodwill
1715 Wisconsin Ave.
Grafton, WI. 

4) Tell the store worker that you are donating your items on behalf of the Packer Up Challenge.

5) The store worker will give you a slip, in which you need to fill out:

a. School: John Long Middle School
b. City: Grafton
c. How many items donated: Example 250

6) That’s it!  It’s as easy as that!

7) *Note:  If you are unable to get to a Goodwill store near you, we will be setting up a collection area at school that you can bring your items to.  Please just indicate on your box or bag how many items you are donating.  We are in the process of planning a central location for students to bring items they cannot get to a Goodwill store.

What items can you donate?  Each item you donate counts as “1 item”.  For example, one book equals one item, one shirt equals one item.  Sadly, one hundred marbles does not equal one hundred items.  Some examples of items you can donate include:

-Sporting Goods
-House ware items
-Pictures, mirrors, artwork

Who can donate?  Anyone can donate!  Students, families, staff members, community members, family members throughout the state, Uncle Bob up north, anyone!  So, please help spread the word to anyone you may know who wants to donate and help a good cause.

Last year the winning school in Wisconsin donated 70,000 items to Goodwill! If just every student at John Long donated about 175 items, we could surpass that number and bring Donald to our school!

Please help get the word out around John Long and the community, and make this a fun and exciting experience for all to donate to a great cause!

*If you would be willing to help with promotion of this effort in any way please let us know.  We appreciate any help in this fun event!  Thank you to those who have already offered their help.  Also, if anyone would be willing to put in some time to donate a few hours working at Goodwill as a “celebrity attendant” to help build enthusiasm within the school and community please let us know.

Attached is the official Goodwill promotional poster that also has all of the important information.

Happy cleaning and happy donating!

Please see Ms. Schalk, Mrs. Anzia, Mrs. Grossman, or Ms. Slowiak if you have any questions

Please see attached Flyer for more information:  packer up flyer 2013_layout 1.pdf


Elisabeth Schalk

Student Council
Elizabeth Anzia

Barb Grossman

Lynn Slowiak

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