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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. WE FEED, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE FED OVER 5 MILLION HOT MEALS TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

May 13, 2013 Vol. 10, No.17

"Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
-- Christopher Robin (to Pooh)

MCDONAL'S TO TAKE SIXTH-GRADE PROMISEKIDS ON GRADUATION TRIP TO THE BALTIC FOR THE 9TH YEAR IN A ROW

The excitement level will “top out” for our sixth-grade PromiseKids as they prepare for the journey of their young lives. These PromiseKids will graduate from Elementary School to “Middle School" in just a few weeks, and they will be boarding busses for a trip they will never forget…

For the 9th year in a row, our super member company McDonald’s will host a graduation trip to the seaside (Kolobrzeg) for all of our sixth-grade graduates from our 10 PromiseLand schools. And what a logistical effort it will be! Six busses will take part in the operation and begin transporting groups of the PromiseKids from the 10 schools and will continue the effort for a full week until all of our sixth graders have made the trip.

Although it is only 50 Kilometers to the Baltic seaside, very few of our PromiseKids have ever ventured this far from their small home villages. Most of the PromiseKids have never seen the Baltic, been aboard a ship, been inside a movie theater, frequented a shopping mall, played on a beach, or dined at McDonald's.

We will never be able to measure the incredible joy that McDonald’s is giving these very special children. A lot of thought has gone into this PromiseKid adventure by McDonald’s Director of Operations Krzysztof Klapa, and PR Director Marcin Dabrowski of Twenty-Four-Seven PR.

McDonald’s, you are the best…

OUR NINTH PROMISELAND SCHOOL – Mielenko Drawskie School

Mielenko Drawskie, with its 200 people, is one of the smallest villages in Drawskie County. Most people find jobs in Drawsko Pomorskie which is only 4 km away. Some parents leave their children with relatives during the week and work in Poznań, Koszalin or Szczecin. Others have moved to Germany seeking work, particularly as housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly. The only place in Mielenko itself where people can find jobs is at the local gravel mine.

The Mielenko Drawskie School was founded in 1945 and was the first school opened in the county. One hundred and ten children attend Mielenko, but only 11 children are actually from the village. The rest of the children are transported by bus, mostly from the villages of Zbrojewo, Kumki, Krzymno and Jankowo. It’s one of the nicest buildings in the area, having been just recently renovated with EU funds.

Mielenko Principal: Wieslawa Hnatewicz

Wieslawa Hnatewicz has been the principal of Mielenko Drawskie since 1999. During her term as principal, the school has been very successful. The Mielenko School received the “Safe School” title in 2004 and “School with Class” title in 2005.

Wiesława is a graduate of Pedagogics Education at Szczecin University. She lives in Mielenko Drawskie with her husband and her beloved dog. Wiesia loves her job and she loves children. She says it’s a challenge to be a principal, but she can’t imagine a better job.

Wiesia talked about her school’s association with the Foundation: “It all began in 2005 at our first meeting with Bill Chasey in Drawsko Pomorskie. It was an unforgettable day, because we found out that my children would participate in the FCSR Hot Meal Program! We really needed it. All the children that go to Mielenko School come from the old cooperative farm villages. The families still struggle with unemployment and poverty. It’s now 8 years that we are with the Foundation and we are so thankful for all the help!”

Dorota Andruszko, School Secretary chimed in: “I think we are very fortunate to have the Foundation in our school. The help our children receive is huge and much needed. I love to look at the children when they receive toothpastes, toothbrushes and cleaning supplies from Colgate/Palmolive and Proctor and Gamble. They are so happy when they take them home. The school supplies from Primo Polska are much needed and our teachers are so grateful to have them. It’s great to know there is always someone we can count on.”

In 2007, to express their sincere appreciation to the Foundation, the children of Mielenko Drawskie presented Bill Chasey, President of FCSR with the highest children’s award in Poland- the Children’s Friend Award.

Meg and Basia also interviewed Mariusz Andruszko, English teacher, who is responsible for the FCSR English program, “Dreams Come True” at the Mielenko School. He’s very supportive and always tries to motivate the kids to learn English.

“It’s my fifth year at the Mielenko School. I always want the kids to study the English language with passion. Having passion for, and fun with, the language is the key to success. In my opinion the FCSR Online English Program is a great thing. The version for the younger kids is full of fun stories, videos and photos. It’s very colorful and it attracts the children’s attention. The version for the older kids prepares them for their final exams. It’s a huge help and children can even use it at home.”

Certainly the English language students feel much the same way. Here’s what one of them had to say:

“The English program is definitely my favorite FCSR activity! I want to be an English teacher one day and the online program helps me improve my language skills. Now when we get ready for the final exams, it’s so much easier to understand all the grammar when using the online English program,” says 12 year old Karolina.

When Meg and Basia asked some of the students what their favorite Foundation events were they said:

“To me the best thing was the trip to Warsaw. It was my first time in a Multikino and it was the first time I was ever in a shopping mall! I heard that Zloty Tarasy was one of the biggest shopping malls in Europe and it sure was! – 12 year old Michal.

“The whole Dinner Dance event and the Hilton Hotel were great! I especially remember the delicious food and the funny waiter who always smiled to us when he served the food.” - 12 year old Kamil.

Wiktoria and Ola added: “We always dream of being a Miss Polonia one day! We did not know that Miss Polonia 2012 and 2013 would be at the Dinner Dance. We shook hands with them and they gave us autographs. We will never forget that night.”

“It was my biggest dream to see the National Stadium in Warsaw! Thanks to the Intercontinental Scholarship Program I finally got to see it. My dream came true! The planetarium at the Copernicus Center was also very interesting. I learned so many new things. And of course, the swimming pool on the 43rd floor! Unforgettable!” - Jakub, 2012 Intercontinental Scholar.

Thanks to Foundation member Mc Donald’s, children are taken on graduation trips to Kolobrzeg.

“I love Mc Donald’s! It was my second time there! I had a burger and french fries. It was sooooo good! I wish we had Mc Donald’s restaurant in Drawsko.” - 16 year old Kasia.

And of course, the You Can Dance Program…

The Mielenko school children also took part in our You Can Dance program last year. Ten contestants qualified for the final round!

“Dancing is very popular now. It promotes a healthy lifestyle. It’s great that the children had a chance to take part in such a great program.” – Edyta Mielenko, Art Teacher

Thank you Foundation members and supporters for all you do and continue to do for these very deserving students and teachers at the Mielenko Drawskie School!

POLAND AND CZECH REPUBLIC TO PROMOTE FOOD SAFETY

Polish and Czech food safety services should cooperate more closely and clear any doubts directly rather than through the mass media, Poland's Agriculture Minister Stanislaw Kalemba said in Prague on Monday after talks with his Czech counterpart Peter Bendl.

They signed a communiqué on closer cooperation in promoting food safety and quality and more intensive exchange of information using the EU's rapid alert system for food and feed (RASFF). Picture: Stanislaw Kalemba and Peter Bendl

POLES WANT MORE WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE

As much as 47% of Poles in a CBOS poll were for more women in higher government posts, and 47% supported more women in foundation and social organization managements.

Some 46% of respondents were for more female political party executives.

Respectively 42 and 45% believed more women should occupy managerial posts in state administration and state enterprises. Asked about the reasons why women were less represented in public life, 59% named household duties, while 43% said it was because of male domination.

UNEMPLOYMENT SURGES AMONG UNIVERRSITY GRADUATES

At the end of March, the Polish labor office reported it had 266,600 university graduates registered as unemployed persons. This number is 13.1 % higher than a year ago. It is the highest number of university-educated unemployed persons ever recorded.

28% percent of the working population has university diplomas at the present time. One reason for this high unemployment statistic is that the job market for highly educated people is already saturated.

EURO ZONE RECESSION DEEPENS

The European Commission this week presented its most recent economic forecasts for the EU. It predicts this year’s GDP will shrink by 0/1 % year-on-year in the EU and 0.4 % in the Euro Zone. Previous reports by the Commission had the GDP in the Euro Zone in a growth mode.

DOLLAR A DAY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP FEED OUR HUNGRY POLISH CHILDREN

Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"I have found that if you love life, life will love you back."

-- Arthur Rubinstein

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