THE HISTORY OF THIS SOLAR WEBSITE SHOWN IN THE Recent News
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December 2016 - January 2017 Help us fundraise! A few days ago, I met with Tiffany Coletta. She helped me start a donation jar at Excel Physical Therapy. Excel donated $100 to this cause. Thank you! We hope to have a jar like the one in the picture above in every business of Bozeman. (See photo gallery.) Also recently, I met with two people from a wonderful foundation that supports many groups around the world. They were very interested to be a part of this, but they want to make sure you are interested before they commit funds. I really need fundraising tips. If you have an idea about who I should contact for support, please let me know through the contact button on the bottom right. I am writing to prospective donors asking for support and funding. Hopefully they will contribute, and more people will know about this plan through the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. We shouldn't wait just for them, though. All you readers should donate too! Every dollar and cent adds up to make a big change. Press the donate button below and help the world one click at a time.
January 2017 - February 2017 For everybody who has seen this website, I challenge you to share it with 10 friends. It is crucial to spread awareness about this project, and you can help. An example of great support from a community member occurred last week. Georgianna Fischer volunteered her time for solar at the Bozeman School Foundation's fundraiser, a ping-pong tournament. (See pictures in the gallery.) Thank you Georgi for your time and support! I also presented last Tuesday for Charge Montana and Solar Guy's movement. The people there were all so passionate, supportive and nice. The Solar Student Committee set up a little donation jar there and we raised almost $200 in an hour. Thank you to everybody who donated to this cause. All of you readers should donate too! Every dollar and cent adds up to make a big change. Solar at schools just makes sense. Press the donate button below to be the switch for a brighter future.
February 2017 - April 2017
The SMS Community did a lot of great work wit the SMS Spirit Night, raising over $2,500 for solar.
May 2017- March 2018
Many amazing things have been continuing in the Solar Makes Sense community. A private donor is considering an eighty thousand dollar donation. This would cover most of our funds, but we still needed about $5,000 to show interest. Student Councils in each grade level, Leadership, and student committees worked to gain the rest of our funds. The student's hard work payed off. Through our school's talent show, we raised about $2,000 through student and community support. At the same time, we launched the Pennies for Power Campaign at Sacajawea Middle School. Each homeroom class had a donation envelope, to be filled with any sort of money. Between homerooms, there was a competition to see how much each class could raise. The top homerooms in every grade level were awarded a pizza party, put on by a Bozeman resident. The student interest and support was stunning. Students brought money ranging from pennies to $500 checks. Others went door to door in their neighborhood. First graders and high schoolers in the Bozeman School District have donated to this cause. I was inspired to see the beautiful success we had with this fundraiser. We bypassed $8,000 in just ten days. That is not all! A student member of the Solar Makes Sense 6th Grade Committee applied for a Bozeman Area Community Foundation Grant through the Youth Giving Project and was awarded $3,000. Our students and peers were so excited to learn that we have more than doubled our original community support goal. This news should not stop you from donating too! All excess funds are saved for more green building projects in the Bozeman School District and our new and green high school. Every dollar and cent adds up to make a big change. Solar at schools just makes sense. Press the donate button below to be the light switch for a brighter future.
March 2018-May 2018
This project is almost completed! Sorry I haven't updated this site in a while. As you may know, we've been busy. We raised about $126,000 and counting. We have had so much support from so many people. A special thanks to the Kendeda Fund for their generous donation. We have had a bid and the cost has been significantly dropped, so we have the opportunity to use some extra funds. With these funds, we are planning to integrate renewable energy as well as student empowerment into the lives of the youth at Sacajawea Middle School. We also hope to use the money for solar on more schools around Bozeman, specifically the elementary schools as well as possibly a new high school. The panels are planned to come up in May or June, YAY!!!! Please, support this cause, and help the kids of Bozeman learn about achieving their dreams just as I did.