Cooperative Communications

January 2011

In This Issue
Donor Spotlight
CoEd's New Video
Quick Survey
Quick Links
Board of Trustees
Patti Ballard
Jim Banks
Denis Forster
Karl Gieseke
David Kammer
Tom Koenig
Ed McCarter
David Noll
Paul Porcino
Ramón Rodriguez
Kathy Santen
Carleen Suttman
Doug Tyger
Jeff Berninger
Joe Berninger
Advisory Board


Glenn Chamberlain
Mario Contreras
Bill Dankworth
Jack and Marie Eiting
Sr. Victoria Forde, SC
Charlie Gallagher
Fr. Mike Graham, SJ
Sr. Katie Hoelscher, SC
Dan Nocella
Sr. Kris Schrader, ASC
Emily West

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Dear Friend,

appy New Year! We hope your holiday season was filled with warmth and relaxation. Thank you for helping make a huge impact on the lives of Guatemalan schoolchildren in 2010.

  • You helped bring self-sustaining textbook projects to 11 new schools.
  • You made four new sustainable computer centers possible.
  • Your sponsorships helped 68 middle and high school students continue their education.
  • Your support allowed us to train 55 teachers in the Culture of Reading Program (CORP), improving reading instruction for over 1300 kids. 


Donor Spotlight: The Tremendous Tygers

Doug and Molly Tyger first heard about Cooperative for Education at a Friends Through Guatemalan Adoption fundraiser. When Doug's mom, Carol, a Rotarian from Georgia, came on a CoEd Tour they learned even more. Now supporting CoEd's mission is a family affair. In fact, their daughter, Anna, used her 13th birthday as an opportunity to raise over $800 for CoEd's programs in Guatemala! 
Tyger Cake
Anna (right) and friend Katie (left) celebrate lucky #13!

 We caught up with Molly to ask her more about the event:


Q: How did supporting CoEd become part of your daughter's birthday celebration?


A: When my daughter Anna, my husband Doug and I were discussing plans for her 13th birthday, she mentioned that she wanted to have a big party with lots of kids.  I loved the idea of a big party, but the problem was that she would receive so many gifts.  We all agreed that she really didn't need a lot of new stuff.  Because I was involved in the planning of Fall Fiesta Cincinnati, which was happening not long after her party, I suggested (somewhat jokingly) that she could invite everyone in her class but only if all of the kids brought donations for CoEd in lieu of gifts.  

Q: How did Anna respond to your idea?

A: To my surprise, she said "OK!  Can we have a bouncy house?"  I was even more surprised as she started planning all the details of the party including the logistics of having so many kids here at once.  Everything went so smoothly - I was amazed!  I am so proud of her for having her birthday party benefit a charity and for using her organizational talents to make it so easy and fun.


Q: How did the party turn out?


A: The day of the party was a beautiful fall day and we had about 55 kids in attendance.  We gave them a list of suggested gift cards or the option of a cash donation instead of giving Anna a gift. Our favor bags were clear plastic bags filled with colorful M&Ms and CoEd brochures, which turned out to be a great way to inform the guests and their families about the organization they were supporting.


Anna ended the experience on a high note, exclaiming, "I was happy that my friends were so generous in donating, and we had such a great turnout!"


Q: How much was raised?


A: In the end, Anna's friends donated more than $800 to benefit schoolchildren in Guatemala through Cooperative for Education's programs!


Q: How is the rest of the family involved with CoEd?

 A: Actually, Anna was the only person in our family without a direct connection to CoEd. Our daughter, Ingrid, was born in Guatemala. Ellie, our oldest daughter, visited Guatemala just last year.  Doug is on the Board of Trustees. I was on the Fall Fiesta planning committee last year and will be co-chairing the event in 2011.  So Anna's party gave her that connection to CoEd and the family connection is finally complete!

Anna (right) and Katie (left) enjoying the Bouncy House

Meet Velska, a Graduate of CoEd's Computer Program in our Newest Video!
Take three and a half minutes to check out CoEd's newest video, focusing on our sustainable Computer Centers. You'll meet Velska, one of thousands of graduates of CoEd's programs who use technology every day to break the cycle of poverty! 

Computer Centers video

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