A pencil is one of the most basic educational tools there is, yet Jefferson County Public Schools has trouble keeping an adequate supply of them on hand for students. The system spends about $140 per student annually but school supplies still tend to run out before the end of the calendar year. In most cases, it is up to teachers to pick up the slack. JCPS teachers spend $500 to $2,000 of their own money on their classrooms every year, according to a 2018 survey conducted by Insider Louisville.
Tamira Kimbley is quite familiar with the situation. The 7th grade math teacher estimates that she spends about $1000 every year on school supplies for her classes. This can be a financial challenge for her because she is a single mother and receives no reimbursement from her school.
Kimbley works at a high-priority middle school near downtown Louisville. The high-priority designation means that the students at that school have performed below average on state academic tests. Kimbley, 14-year teaching veteran, said many of her students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and she refuse to let their lack of resources be another obstacle to them receiving a quality education.
“If a child needs a pencil to learn, I’m going to give them a pencil. My students deal with enough outside the classroom. I don’t want to add to their burden because they don’t have a pencil,” she explained.
Kimbley was prepared to dig into her own pocketbook again in February, after her school ran out of pencils. But this time she didn’t have to. Sponsor 4 Success raised money to purchase 4,000 pencils. That’s enough to last them for the rest of the year.
“I found out about Sponsor 4 Success from one of my students who the organization helped. I’m so grateful for their help and my students were beyond amazed. I get choked up thinking about what those pencils mean for my babies,” she said.
Sponsor 4 Success is a crowd-sourcing nonprofit that is dedicated to diminishing the impact of the social and economic disparities that impact the poor and underserved community. The nonprofit has raised more than $120,000 and helped about 350 needy individuals and organizations through its online platform, Sponsor 4 Success.com.
Many of the organization’s donors are people who grew up in the same neighborhoods as many of Kimbley’s students. Sponsor 4 Success is a vehicle they use to give back to the communities that raised them. The organization has sent several students to Africa and Europe; purchased books for needy college students unable to purchase books; and covered expenses so area football teams could complete in state tournaments.
“What I’m trying to do is make a blueprint or a concept of how a person like me – who grew up in a neighborhood, moved out and became successful in their career – can come back and be a part of helping the community revitalize,” said Butch Mosby, President and founder of Sponsor 4 Success.
Mosby, a former online travel executive, is leading Sponsor 4 Success beyond its nonprofit origins. Over the last year, he has created real estate and business investment divisions under the Sponsor 4 Success umbrella. Mosby said this will allow his group to have a more direct impact on impoverished communities it serves.
Sponsor 4 Success has already purchased a 15,000 square foot lot at 22nd and Cedar, where it plans to build affordable housing, and it has single-family homes at 22nd and Bolling St. and 23rd and Muhammad Ali. However, its most ambitious business plan is the Joe Hammond Project.
After attempting to acquire the property that was once Joe’s Palm Room, Mosby secured the former jazz club’s name. He set about interviewing former club employees and documenting the history of Joe Hammond, the club’s owner. Interviews have been conducted with people who knew Hammond personally like music promoter Ken Clay, former Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, and former Louisville Mayor Harvey Sloane, among others.
Sponsor 4 Success formed a partnership with the University of Louisville to have students conduct future interviews and have all the material stored in the University Archive. The next phase is to complete a documentary on Joe Hammond and prepare for the 2nd Joe's Palm Room event in the fall.
By Michael Jones
Our first Kentucky Derby Event is in the books. We want to thank everyone who attended. The feedback we received following the event was extremely positive.
Our goal with this event was not to gauge attendees with large entry fees, expensive dinner tickets, pricey beverages, and outside entertainment. Nor did we want to pressure attendees to make donations on the spot. Therefore, we offered a "sponsored" event with no cost to attend, "free food," in expensive drinks, and local talent combined with a family reunion type atmosphere in a room filled with love. This Kentucky Derby event model went over well for the 150 people that attended. Many want us to do it again. So we will!
Of course we could not have done it without our sponsors! We want to thank our platinum sponsor and President of US Adjusting Services, Jessica Hamilton for her $5,000 donation. We want to thank silver sponsor Bethany Clarkson-Morgan from B. Clarkson-Morgan Enterprises LLC, Tiffany White Diaz, Delano Turner and Scott Orr for their $1,000 contributions. We want to thank Bronze sponsors Jeana Dunlap, Lisa Mason, Heather Emmick, Denise Myers from Dreamcloud Psychology, and CJ Turner from Triad Mitsubishi for their $500 donations.
And finally, we want to say a special thank you to our organizers Monnie and Peggy Hankins from PAH Designs for helping us put on a fabulous event.
We have already started planning for next year. And, we hope you will stay involved with us.
President and Chair
Thank you for your continued support in helping young students from under served communities pursue their dreams and stay on a path toward success. Last week we completed Jamesha's trip to Europe with the Kentucky Ambassadors Music Group, and U of L's National Black Engineer's registration fees for their trip to the National Convention in Pittsburgh.
We have several campaigns live now that are getting closer to reaching their goal and need an extra push. Please choose the student that you would like to support by clicking on the campaign below. As always your support is appreciated internally by the board of directors and externally by the students and their parents.
LAYLA'S TRIP TO CAPITALS OF THE BRITISH ISLES - NEEDS $348 MORE
DONTRESE'S ROAD TO COLLEGE SUCCESS - NEEDS $790 MORE
MARQUEZ AND TERRON'S MISSION TO BELIZE - NEEDS $535 MORE
Sponsor 4 Success
I am currently a senior at the University of Kentucky pursuing a
bachelor’s degree in Health, Society, and Populations with a
concentration in Public Health. I also work as a Resident
Advisor, along with serving as the Parliamentarian with the National
Pan-Hellenic Council, and I am member of both the Phi Sigma Theta
Nationals Honors Society & the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. After
graduating in May 2018, I plan to attend graduate school pursuing a
masters in Public Health.
I was able to study abroad this summer in Tanzania Africa. But only
because of the help I received to cover the expenses; which consisted
of scholarships, personal savings, donations from family, friends &
local businesses, and donors through Sponsor 4 Success!!
Advantages of a Donating to S4S:
- Give hope to students, athletes, children within under-developed communities.
Give students, athletes, children a chance to experience once in a
Give students, athletes, children confidence...knowing goals/dreams
can be achieved with hard work, dedication, and support. Support from
within the community...support from S4S!
1st pic: with students at the local school;
2nd pic: working at the local hospital;
3rd pic: with kids at the local orphanage. Pic below is at the beach at Zanzibar.
Friday, December 11, 2015
As Sponsor 4 Sports continues to take on more projects, we will need to look for additional ways to tap into funds for our kids. We have just been made aware that Community Foundation of Louisville, made over 8,000 grants totaling $45M in 2014. We are not yet aware of the number for 2015 as we finish out the year.
Since many of our projects are in Louisville, Kentucky, we look forward to applying for some funds for our projects in 2016, which means we may need to apply for non profit status.
Thank you for your support!
Sponsor 4 Sports