The Coral Gables Community Foundation coordinated an important donation from BJ’s Wholesale Club benefiting the Coral Gables High School College Assistance Program (CAP). BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Coral Way store graciously donated 80 chairs and eight tables so that the “CAP Capsule” could be established at the school.
Liz Stack, Gables High CAPAdvisor, was in need of chairs for the school’s new “CAP Capsule,” which will serve as a home base for students to register for financial aid, complete college applications and financial aid forms, research universities and scholarships plus other college-related activities.
Many students at Gables High do not have access to the Internet at home and needed a place at school where they could utilize the program’s available resources. The need for the “CAPCapsule” was high, but the school unfortunately had no chairs to use for the room.
“We love working closely with our local schools and especially helping students get into college. We reached out to BJ’s Wholesale Club and they jumped at the opportunity to get involved,” said Mary Snow, executive director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.
Through BJ’s Wholesale Club’s generous donation, Stack is able to make the “CAP Capsule” a reality for the 2015-16 school year, which started on Aug. 24.
“As the CAP Advisor for 3,500 students, finally having a place to hold all my class meetings without displacing individual teachers is amazing. We have been conducting Senior College presentations since Aug. 26 and the room is working out perfectly,” Stack said.
Later in the year, the space will be used to register students for Florida Bright Futures scholarships and it will serve as a place where guests to the school can present to the students on many topics concerning college, such as essay writing and financial aid awareness.
“The generosity of the Foundation and BJ’s has catapulted the CAP program at Gables to the next level,” Stack said.
For more information about Coral Gables Community Foundation visit www.gablesfoundation.org.