Dream Big USIS Did

Tammy Mar of Northern Va. with her company, USIS, husband, Chris, and our host, Sara. came up with an idea to ‘help a child” to go back to school. When they approached Sara of The Daily Lily and CCI for suggestion of where to give, Sara thought of my classroom as she had spent a little time there last year in helping a child read.

This week at Seldens Landing Elementary in Leesburg, Va. the halls were invaded by a very professional team, the USIS, who were on a mission. As they walked the halls, teachers stopped preparing for their classrooms to peer out of classrooms in various stages of preparation to glance at this professional group. Unlike many missions the USIS have been on this was a different mission. They had bundles, bundles, and more bundles in hand. Over a thousand dollars of school supplies. They had to solicit a dolly to carry all the items down the long, highly polished corridor. This group under the leadership and direction of Tammy Mar had decided that they would adopt a classroom and help the community by bestowing their time and money all to benefit my class. The “team leaders” came to represent their group. In all more than 80 people contributed to bringing an early August Christmas to a class, which will come together for the first time, September 2nd.

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Angela Connell was not able to attend from USIS.

A wish list was drafted and to the utter surprise of the teacher, being me, every item that was written on the list took a three dimensional form before my eyes. The quantities were more than sufficient and never seen before for a beginning of the school year. Other teachers came and were amazed at such generosity to children. Students will see that business and kids are connected. These wonderful professionals have decided to volunteer in the classroom and see that all field trips are paid for and recorders are bought.

It is amazing to me to see such a youthful team spear headed by Tammy Mar achieve so much for the benefit of others through their focus. It seems like our retreat of the “FOUR BEES of Giftings’ by Sara of the Daily Lily this summer was manifested in this team who didn’t attend the retreat. They WROTE out their plan of action, they SPOKE the plan into action, they DID it or implemented the plan, and now they plan to stick with the plan of action or STAYING POWER.

WOW what a team of wonderful, determined USIS personnel. Thanks to the business women and men who have taught so much through this wonderful act of kindness and caring of our future leaders. I thank you USIS!!!! Our school and I hope and believe our parents and students will thank you big time, USIS.

Also last Christmas, Sara, had encouraged “The Daily Lily” to write letters to the principal, Jackie Brownell, of Seldens’ son and other soldiers while serving in Iraq letters of encouragement . We would like to say USIS came through in a big way with a bang program of letters as well as many other leaders.

Our love, prayers and hope to all of you of USIS! Thanks for the support you give to many as well as The Daily Lily.

Published by rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

17 thoughts on “Dream Big USIS Did

  1. How did Jackie Brownell feel and what did she say after meeting Tammy and others of USIS knowing that it was also Tammy M. that initiated the Christmas program for her son and other soldiers. Was this her first time meeting Tammy? Did she have a welcome committee from school there to welcome our givers into the school? Did she have carts/dolly, etc. ready. I hope the school was as well prepared as the business leaders were.

    May all the students of Selden’s Landing receive many blessings in this school year.

  2. What a wonderful example of LOVE IN ACTION. Makes me think that USIS stands for U SERVE, I SERVE! They are walking epistles of outreach and Koinonio (charitable sharing). Many blessings on Tammy Mar’s commendable spirit of outreach and to her team and Corp. for excellence in business and community practices.
    Prosperity and blessings to you Tammy, and to USIS. Grateful little children will be touched by your kindness.

  3. INTELLIGENCE, INSIGHT, INTEGRITY found in USIS LOGO! Wow! What inspiring motivational aims and procedures are USIS’! Those alone can inspire school children and STAFF to reach higher for academic excellence and virtuous personal goals.

  4. I agree MG with you. I love to see giving like this. It makes me think of Bono. Bill Gates, Buffett , Steve Jobs and others that use their gifts so generously to help the needy.

    “It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Emerson, Ralph Waldo This is one of our quotes from a few week ago and I use it now as a prayer for Tammy, Chris and their co-workers that many blessings to them, their families and company will be in abundance.

  5. God’s Word tells us in 2Corinthians 9: 7-8 ” Each of you should give as you have decided in your heart to give. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give. God loves the person who gives HAPPILY. And God can give you more blessings than you need. Then you will always have plenty of everything – enough to give to every good work.”

    Now, I see very HAPPY “givers,” in the above picture. May God bless each one of you!

  6. What an impressive example of teamwork by the givers of USIS and the leadership, coordination and motivation gift of Tammy Mar in action to bring and present such a gift. May each one be blessed for this effort and the ongoing volunteer work in the classroom. May the students lives be greatly enriched by such excellent professionalism and character qualities.

  7. Where does one begin with the materials. Each and everyone was so wonderful. I received 30 whisper phones for the class. I have heard wonderful reports that especially for the auditory learner they help out with phonetic and comprehension skills. You can read aloud with the slightest of a whisper and hear yourself speaking. All the children in your class can read books aloud with a whisper and someone coming in the classroom will not hear them reading. I got a magnet bin so the children could have more hands on with magnets and besides that USIS gave three packs of about 12 each of bar magnets. For our study of the solar system USIS bought Model of the Solar System which shows how the planets move and the model has quizzes for the students to take. I received metric and standard measure plastic cups and containers for the students to experiment with. I received huge boxes of tissues, a case of wide rule loose-leaf, glue sticks and white glue for every child, pencils, regular pencil top erasers and smelly pencil top erasers. I received crayola crayons, markers, and colored pencils for each child. I received 12 crayola paints sets and enough highlighters that each child should receive at least two to three. Each child will have assess to medium-sized scissors designed for fourth grade with pointed tip. I received about 12 marble composition notebooks and 20 spiral notebooks. I received multiple two pocket folders in just about every color which will be great for individual group work. Each child will receive a metric/standard measure ruler and protractor. I received three boxes of 150 count manila folders which will be used for projects. Also I received expo markers for the board, and transparencies for the overhead. I received three super pacs of Baby Wipes so the children can clean their desk at the end of the day and after messy projects. I received an electric pencil sharpener and individual pencil sharpeners for each child. I also received a small aquarium with everything from gravel, live plants, and fish. USIS provided several games for snow or rainy day recess including six Teacher tutorial chess games. As you can see Christmas in August came to the children in Mrs. O’s room and was provided by the wonderful people of USIS which was spear headed by Tammy Mar.

  8. I am so thrilled for your students and all that THEY received from USIS and the TAMMY TEAM. What a blessing. Your students received a STOREHOUSE of blessings, that’s for sure. And all these materials are so timely, up to date and “au courant”…right in vogue and fashion in the educational field. WOW!
    Congratulations to your lovely school and your school chldren and the wonderful donations from a community minded Company..USIS.

  9. Myhaving just gone back to school this week to prepare for the students who will start the day after Labor Day…I have observed the teachers getting their materials in order and trying to make sure each child has the same as the rest in the class and that there is equity among them. How blessed are Rena’s students and how God has bestowed upon them such great abundance, that they do not have to worry about the 4:50 cents for a new recorder or glue sticks or note books,etc. Rena’s students will have a head start and can bask in the love and kindness of not only a loving teacher like Rena but a community-minded company that considers their welfare and desires to be a blessing to the educational system of Loudoun.
    To the Father God be all praise in Jesus’ Name.

  10. Rena,
    I am interested in this auditory learner. It sounds like it can help any child with reading and comprehension? Could you or Tammy or members from USIS explain where they could be purchased?

  11. Today the students and parents visited their child’s teacher’s class for the first time. The parents were in awe of the wonderful supplies which were given to our class by the USIS spearheaded by Tammy Mar.

  12. Rena what an awesome gift. I just love to watch God work and how he uses so many different people to do his will. What an awesome start to what will be an awesome year. This is a prime example how God takes care of his children. The big ones and the little ones. God Bless Tammy for what she has done and God Bless the other wonderful people who helped with this project. Rena thank you for sharing this with us.

  13. Thanks for the website, Rena. I was wondering…..are these “whisper phones” for children that are just learning to read or does it help children that are already reading, also?

  14. Tammy I am new to whisper phones and am anxious to try them from all the testimonials I have heard. Here is what I have heard about the whisper phones: It helps at all levels of reading. First, it helps children phonetically as they can hear themselves say the words. Second, it helps with fluency. Third, for the older student it helps them with their writing and reports. It does it in the following way: First, it gives practice to reading papers aloud through hearing themselves. Second it helps students who think their paper sounds fine structurally when they read it over to themselves, but when they read it aloud on the whisper phone they discover it doesn’t read the way they thought it did. The student then can go back and make structural changes to their piece of writing. By the way these phones also can be made with PCV 1-1/2 inch elbow pipes which can be found in your local hardware store.

  15. I’d like to thank Rena and USIS. I have a student who benefitted from their generous donation to our school. Now this child will not have to worry and stress that he does not have what he needs. I can’t thank you enough!

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