What is OCG?

Did you know that here in FARMINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS, there are over 100 students who are homeless right now? These Farmington kids do not have a home to call their own. Some students are living with a family member, some students are split up from their family among several households, some students are in and out of motels, and some are even living in cars. We have students in our classes who are not sure where their next meal will come from; students who have no winter clothing for this upcoming bitter Michigan winter; students who will not get the holiday season that their parents work so hard to get for them. A huge chunk of the students at Warner and throughout FPS receive free or reduced lunch during the school year; and therefore, they may not be able to eat lunch for the week and a half we are off for the break. Regardless of their situation at home, our 9-, 10-, and 11-year-old students NEVER complain. They come to school each day eager to work. Our one wish is that we could give each and every one of our Warner Vikings everything they need for the winter—and we’ve tried!—but we can’t do it alone. We need—and THEY need—your help!

That is where Operation Common Good comes in to play!
Here is our 2013 OCG Video made by our very own Warner Vikings and the help of the amazing Julie Devine. Please watch this short video with your child at home and discuss it together! http://operationcommongood.wiki.farmington.k12.mi.us/Videos The video will explain a lot more about the program, and also explain ways we are fundraising right now to support OCG.

Here is some basic information about Operation Common Good:

WHO: The money we raise goes to Warner Vikings (current and former) who are in need of help. However, we are trying to expand OCG to a district level so that we can get the funds from ALL FPS SCHOOLS to support ALL FPS STUDENTS. But know that the money we raise at Warner will support Warner Vikings first and foremost. 100% of the donations DIRECTLY support STUDENTS!

WHAT: Operation Common Good (OCG) Annual Fundraiser

WHERE: Warner Upper Elementary School

WHEN: This fundraiser will take place between NOW AND WINTER BREAK. Yet, we take OCG donations YEAR ROUND, since our students’ needs exist year round!

WHY: To support WARNER STUDENTS who are HUNGRY, HOMELESS, and/or in need of HELP!

HOW: Here are all the ways we will be raising money over the next two weeks:

  • GENERAL DONATIONS: This is how we get the majority of the money that we make. We ask students to raise awareness of this cause and raise money to support their peers. (NOTE: All donations ARE tax deductible! Mrs. Scripture & Mrs. Sherbrook have the forms in the main office at Warner!) We stress the importance of students taking ownership over the cause and focus on the idea of HELPING OTHERS. Even students who have families who cannot donate at this time, or will be on the receiving end of OCG this year, take pride in promoting and raising awareness of our cause. You can make a general donation by:
    • CASH
    • CREDIT CARD: (You can donate using any major CREDIT CARD. You do NOT need a PayPal account!)
  • GIFT OF GIVING: Need to buy some holiday gifts?! Still stumped on what to buy for that person in your life that seems to have everything they need and want?! There is no better gift, then, than the gift of giving! Giving the gift of a donation to Operation Common Good is a thoughtful way to honor someone. It is a great opportunity to acknowledge a special friend, family member, colleague, or TEACHER *wink*wink* J. For a tax-deductible donation of $15 (minimum) or more, you will be able to make a donation on behalf of someone special, and then give the Gift of Giving with a custom made card to the person you designate below. The card announces the gift, explains about this wonderful program, and shares how their gift will help change the lives of the children in our community. Download a Gift of Giving order form here:
    • Thursday, December 12th: “JAMMIES FOR FAMILIES” For a donation of $2.00 OR MORE, students and staff can wear pajamas to school to support OCG. REMEMBER, you must still follow the school dress code!
    • Friday, December 13th: “HATS FOR HUNGER – Day 1” For a donation of $1.00 OR MORE, students and staff can wear any HAT they would like to all day long to support OCG.
    • Wednesday, December 18th: “GIVING BACK WITH WACKY TACK” For a donation of $1.00 OR MORE, students and staff can dress in their wackiest and tackiest clothing.
    • Friday, December 20th: “HATS FOR HUNGER – Day 2” For a donation of $1.00 OR MORE, students and staff can wear any HAT they would like to all day long to support OCG.
    • Every day between NOW and BREAK, students can purchase the following in the cafeteria during their lunch period to support OCG:
      • PURPLE RIBBONS: $1.00+
      • POM PONS: $2.00+ (EACH)
      • GLOW-IN-THE-DARK “I Stood Up to Hunger – OCG” WRISTBANDS: $5.00+

So, as you can see, there are LOTS of ways to raise money for this VERY personal, vital, and heart-tugging cause. Thank you in advance for all your support—not only financially, but with support in spreading the word of this cause. After all… that IS the Warner Way!!! :-)

From the bottom of our hearts,

Warner’s OCG Chairs

Mrs. Elyse Jahnke, 5th Grade Teacher, OCG Co-Chair

Mrs. Hatty Ligon, Resource Teacher, OCG Co-Chair, FPS Homeless Coordinator

Dr. Tera Shamey, 6th Grade Teacher, OCG Founder & Co-Chair

Over the past several years, Warner students, families and staff have made contributions exceeding over $45,000.00 for families living in poverty and/or homelessness. The families we have identified as in need of our support are from right here in our Warner community. Homelessness and poverty are not isolated, and exist right here in Farmington Hills. It is important to understand some basic information about homelessness
  • On any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless
  • The average age of a homeless person in the U.S. is 9 years old
  • According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 1.35 million U.S. children are homeless on any given night
  • In Michigan, a loss of manufacturing jobs in the auto industry has led to an increase of homeless families
  • As many as 26% of people living in homeless shelters work full time

Homeless children can be identified in different ways: Some are homeless because their guardian is no longer able to care for them and they are staying with a family member or friend. Some homeless children live in shelters, or temporary housing. Others are with their families, having lost their apartment or house, and are transient, meaning they are staying in a hotel or moving from place to place. We have students living under these as well as other circumstances.

In the coming weeks, Warner students and staff will be working together to raise money and provide these families with some of the basic needs they are currently doing without. Warner families have identified items they are most in need of, along with some fun things we can purchase for children for the holidays.

In addition to our general donations, we will be selling items at each lunch period in order to raise money for OCG. Every day between now and break, we will have the following items for sale:

  • Donation of $1+ = PURPLE RIBBON
  • Donation of $2+ = PURPLE or PURPLE & WHITE POM PON
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We will also be supporting Operation Common Good with HATS FOR HUNGER. For a donation of $1+, you can wear your favorite hat to school on the following days:

  • Friday, December 13th
  • Friday, December 20th

Another way we plan to raise money is with our first ever YOGA GLOW. This is a special yoga class which will take place in the Warner cafeteria.

If you are interested in making a donation, checks can be made payable to “Operation Common Good.”