“Dear Mr. Buss:

Schools everywhere rely on the support of their communities. But from time to time, community members come together in efforts that are truly extraordinary.

Project Hope does a tremendous amount to help children and families in our community. We are grateful for the work you do to bring together local businesses and thousands of volunteers to serve an ever-growing number of children with Project Hope’s annual giveaway of back-to-school supplies.

We especially want to thank you for organizing hundreds of volunteers to participate in a day of service at schools across our community this fall. Staff members at our schools have been calling to rave about all the amazing work you and your volunteer crews performed.. they are so thankful for the time spent painting, landscaping, cleaning parking lots, emptying storage closets and on many other tasks that we have not had the funds or manpower to do.

This herculean effort provided a dozen 4J schools with a fresh facelift for the new school year. As you can imagine, this gives our families, students, and staff even more pride in their buildings.

Your tireless efforts have resulted in a lasting impact on our community’s children and the schools they attend. Thank you for all that you have done to help our students and brighten our community.”


Alicia Hays, School Board Chair

Dr. Sheldon Berman, Superintendent