Opportunities for Kindness
Recently Filled Needs
Summer School Tuition #4
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school administrator to help a third grade multilingual learner whose 7-person family needs $300.00 in financial support to send their child to summer school classes for both reading and math. The student is very hard working but needs to continue to strengthen her academic skills as she develops English proficiency. If you would like to contribute to this request, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.
Youth Football Registration
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by an elementary school counselor to assist a family with the cost of youth football registration. Because of a recent change in family circumstances, the family can no longer afford this extracurricular activity. The student thrived in the football program last year, and the counselor believes participation this year will continue to benefit this young man. We would like to cover the $375 fee for registration and equipment. If you wish to contribute to this request, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.
OGB Food Pantry
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by Operation Give Back to help restock their food pantry with items in high demand. Thanks to a generous donation for this purpose, this need was filled before being posted.
Personal Care Items
Sycamore Bridges received a generous donation of Proctor & Gamble personal care items that we were able to distribute throughout the district for those in need. We are continuously grateful for the kindness of our larger community. This need was filled before being posted.
Summer School Tuitions #3
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a district advocate to assist three more students with summer school tuitions. All three families have provided proof of financial need.
Student A is a third grade multilingual learner whose family needs $300 for their student to attend both reading and math classes this summer.
Student B is a first grade multilingual learner whose family needs $300 for their student to attend both reading and math classes this summer.
Student C is a first grade multilingual learner whose family is unable to pay the full amount for the recommended summer school classes. We are seeking $150 to offset their total cost so the student can attend an ESOL class to continue strengthening vocabulary and speaking stills.
If you would like to contribute to this request, reply to this post and a donation link will be sent to your email.
Blue Ash Rec Center Membership
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a district advocate to help a 7th grade student obtain a Blue Ash Recreation Center membership for the summer. The student's financial situation does not allow for this expense at this time. However, the student has been working hard on developing healthy habits to promote her overall wellness. She hopes to continue her progress through the summer, and being able to engage in activities at the Rec Center will support these goals. If you would like to contribute to this $75 request, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.
Lori Drasnin, Area Director
Lori Drasnin is an active Sycamore parent and volunteer. She previously served as PTO President for Montgomery Elementary, as well as PTO Treasurer at Montgomery Elementary, E.H. Greene Intermediate, and Sycamore Junior High School. Over the past decade, Lori has chaired too many PTO events and fundraisers to count and brought innovation and updated programs to our local schools. Lori also organized a Bedtime Bundle collection from the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter from 2014-2017, and served on the board of Ohio Cleats for Kids (C4K) until taking this role.
Lori holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, as well as a law degree from Emory University. She practiced liability defense for six years at Dinsmore in Cincinnati, OH before "retiring" to stay home and raise her children. Lori is married to husband, Jeff, has two boys, Matthew and Ryan, and two puggles, Max & Erma.
Lori enjoys serving the greater Sycamore community and bridging kindness across the neighborhood.