Loved Beyond Measure is an encouragement program designed to pair students with sponsors or mentors, helping every student feel
Loved, Encouraged, and Seen.
❤ Loved refers to experiencing deep affection, care, and acceptance from others. It represents the feeling of being cherished and valued for who you are.
❤ Encouraged implies receiving motivation, inspiration and positive reinforcement from those around you. It reflects the support and belief in your abilities, dreams and aspirations.
❤ Seen signifies being recognized, understood, and acknowledged by others. It suggests that your thoughts, feelings, and experiences are noticed and validated, fostering a sense of connection and belonging.
Have you ever had something so profound placed on your heart that you could not ignore it?
In March of 2022, “Loved Beyond Measure” was placed upon the hearts of a teacher and mother, after observing the way that loving, encouraging, and truly seeing another person could change their life. It may have been a simple smile at the grocery store, a card sent to a friend or stranger, a word of encouragement left in a laundromat, grocery store, or on a rock in a park. As they took note of the way that encouragement transforms lives, God began working in Eryca’s heart.
As she reflected on her previous 20 years of teaching, He began to show how little things…a smile, a high five, a postcard sent home, a positive note to a parent about their child, or providing prizes in her classroom was encouraging her students and changing their lives…it was at that moment that Eryca knew there was a need in schools across the world to encourage students. These simple acts of kindness were changing her student’s lives, but what if there was something bigger that could be done across the world? She had just witnessed the greatest isolation of her generation during COVID, yet also the greatest outpouring of encouragement and neighbors truly loving neighbors.
What if those same adults who were changing their community, and leaving their legacy could do just that for the younger generation?
What if one caring adult saved the life of a child feeling despair?
What if one caring adult was the support that a student needed to achieve their dreams?
What if loving, encouraging, and seeing students was the one thing that would change the world to be a kinder, more loving place?
Eryca quickly reached out to her best friend, Christen, and shared with her what God was stirring in her heart. Christen was a newly single mom of four children who had recently gone through a divorce. As Eryca explained her vision, tears came to Christen’s eyes as she realized her very own children were in need of this very same encouragement. She wanted her children to know how special they are, how loved they are, and that even though there will be struggles and ups and downs in life, that there are people who will walk alongside them, encourage them, and love them for who they are. She believed that having support and encouragement from someone other than just family members and peers can play a monumental role in her children’s journeys. She wants them to have every opportunity to succeed, and to feel their worth.
Loved Beyond Measure was established at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year at Elkhorn Area Middle School, where Eryca is a 6th grade science teacher and Christen is a parent. The program started with just 13 students, and during that year, Loved Beyond Measure grew to walk alongside 143 students! This growth made it obvious to Eryca and Christen that there is a need to walk alongside students and their families. They look forward to watching the dreams placed upon their hearts grow throughout their rural community of Elkhorn, WI, and around the world, as “Loved Beyond Measure” provides something all humans need…love, encouragement, and to be seen.
WHAT TO EXPECT AS A SPONSOR
As a sponsor within our Loved Beyond Measure program, you will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of those we serve. Your support will help bring joy, hope, and so much light to the lives that are touched by your generosity.
Once your Adopt-A-Student Sponsorship Application is approved, a member of our team will reach out to share the expectations and guidelines for our LBM sponsors, as well as details regarding drop-off procedures for the specific student and LBM host site you've been assigned to.
COMMITMENT AS A SPONSOR
1. Encourage your student at least once per month. You are welcome to encourage them more than once a month, but you have agreed to once a month by participating in this program. As you deliver your encouragement to, please include your child's name, as well as your name on a post it note or paper clipped note or card, so that we can make sure that the correct child is getting encouraged.
2. Join our LBM Sponsor Facebook Group to stay connected and current on all things Loved Beyond Measure. In the group, please share ideas, pictures, or ask questions. We will be sharing special events that are taking place at school, ways in which you could consider encouraging your student(s), and will also be posting encouragement for you. Feel free to be as active as you would like and check back in the group for updates!
Click the link below to join the Facebook group for our Loved Beyond Measure sponsors.
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Interested in bringing our program to your area? There are many ways to partner with Loved Beyond Measure and we'd love to find the perfect partnership opportunity for you!
"Your notes in the last have made her day she rereads them over and over thank you again for making her smile"
"Once again, thank you. I love to see my son's excitement when he shares his locker love with me. He is appreciative of the thoughtfulness that goes in to making his day special. Thank you so much!"
"She is happy and excited to see what she find the next time and talking about the experience of finding something different every time, thanks for making my daughter’s school days different"
"Your love and encouragement to our son is truly appreciated and warms our heart. The way his face lights up whenever you write to him and send him thoughtful gifts is so incredible to watch. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for filling his life with love, joy, and gratitude!"
"She really appreciates the handwritten notes! She saves them all. This program shows her that there are people in the world who are kind and care for others. She thinks it's pretty cool and it makes her feel special knowing that she gets to be a part of it. She hopes to someday be able to do this for someone herself."
"She was really looking forward to finding her care package. When she received it today she called to tell me. She loved the treats and shared the Tic tacs with her friends. She showed me the card at home because she loved their hand writing!"
"I have to tell you how wonderful this program is! My child received another package yesterday (perfect to land on Valentine's day!) and she was smiling all day long..... all night long. The personalized aspect of it makes it so perfect too. Thank you for starting this program and creating such a positive space in school! Looking forward to becoming a sponsor in the future to pay it forward to another teen needing the same encouragement in their day."