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February 27th Newsletter

With the successful completion of our class business, Monday left us writing thank you notes and tying up the loose ends left from our event. It is so refreshing to see our youth take the time to hand-write thank you notes. Albeit a traditional and out of date form of communication, our CEO program feels that a handwritten thank-you note is the most thoughtful way to communicate our appreciation for the contributions to our program.

Tuesday found us at Superior Fuel turning the page to the next chapter of our CEO story, individual businesses. Although students were required to have their individual business selected by January 31st , there is still an immense amount of planning to do. We started by brainstorming what they each needed to accomplish to successfully organize their businesses. It is so amazing to see how the students have learned to work so well together and now that they are focused on their own business, they still see value in using each other as a resource.

On Wednesday, we worked together on our personal bio’s with the help of CEO board member and former English teacher, Beth Probst. Some students also took this opportunity to glean the help of other’s to assist with naming their business. Every day is something new and exciting as we start our next chapter and focus on our individual businesses!

Thursday was a unique opportunity for Jasper CEO Students. We were contacted by a CEO student in the Granite City CEO program in early February about Skyping with each other. Granite City CEO is the only other CEO class, aside from Jasper CEO, that only has one feeder school into the program. With that being the case we find ourselves in interesting social situations as all students have typically know each other for quite some time. This has both positives and negatives involved! We were able to share with each other our personality colors, giving the feel for the class and also share how we both had overcome team difficulties to come together and achieve the class business. On the back side of the business we are both experiencing a new level of unified team leadership. Just as in life, we sometimes have to suffer through hard times to experience and appreciate the good in each other and enjoy the simple pleasure of peace!


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The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Jasper County CEO program. To participate, a 3-year $1000 per year commitment is required. Business Partner Investors commitments of time and energy are also critical to the program's success. Contributions may be tax deductible, as our organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

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