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Sycamore HS Dance Team


Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a high school counselor to assist a student who recently joined the Sycamore High School Dance Team. This student is very excited about the opportunity that lies ahead, but is struggling to afford the summer Dance Team Camp at a cost of $493. We do not want the student to miss this opportunity to receive instruction, bond with the team, and create lasting high school memories. Our goal is to offset the cost as much as possible. If you would like to contribute to this request, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

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School Lunch Debt - Matching Donor


Sycamore Bridges is working with Sycamore Nutrition Services to eradicate lunch debt for deserving students. We are currently assisting a family with elementary students who have a remaining balance of $225.15. This balance will carry into next school year, so we hope to alleviate as much financial burden as possible so the family can start the academic year with a clean slate. We have an enthusiastic donor who will match all contributions up to $100 so we reach our goal quickly. If you would like to offer assistance at any amount, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

Aves Youth Football Registration for 22 Students


Sycamore Bridges is working in collaboration with the Sycamore Aves Youth Football program to register 22 students for the upcoming 2024 season. Each student requesting assistance has provided proof of Medicaid or was a part of the school free/reduced lunch program this past year. Our hope is to provide full funding for all 22 students, leaving no financial obligation on the part of the families. Each registration is being offered to us at the reduced rate of $180 (includes equipment), though donations at any amount are greatly appreciated so every student has an opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities with their peers. If you would like to make a contribution of any amount, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

HS Wood Shop Fees


Sycamore Bridges was contacted by the Sycamore HS Wood Shop teacher to assist four students with their second semester fees. We are collecting a total of $45.13, which reflects the total cost of materials for four different students who have all demonstrated financial hardship in paying their portion of the materials used. If you would like to make a contribution toward these students, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

School Tuition Expense


Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a community advocate to assist a Sycamore family with a school tuition payment. The student is enrolled to begin taking classes this fall and has received considerable financial aid to cover costs. The family's remaining obligation is $750. We hope to offset this expense as much as possible. If you would like to contribute to this request, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

Gift Card for International Family


Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a community advocate to assist a local family with unplanned expenses associated with their international move. We would like to provide a $300 Visa Gift Card to help offset their tremendous financial burden as they move to a new country. If you would like to offer assistance for this request, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

June Rent Assistance


Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school counselor to assist a single mom of three children with her June rent. Mom works two jobs to make ends meet, and a few unexpected expenses over the last two months have left her short on rent money. We would like to cover the entire rent ($1700) so Mom can get a head start on next month's bills. If you would like to offer assistance, please reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

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About Sycamore

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.

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