Friday, October 16, 2009

Back to School Girl Scout Style!

5th year of Project Kindness

Project Kindness celebrated it's 5th year of helping needy kids!!! School supplies were delivered to Memorial Elementary in Arcadia on August 18th and a Back to School Event was held at Jordan's Crossings (Habitat neighborhood) on August 19th. Stevie Peacock, Girl Scout Senior from Venice Troop 151 & founder of Project Kindness, with friends Jen Fryer, Adrienne Seitz, and Morgan Wallace sorted, packed, and delivered supplies for 300+ children.
This was a true community effort with support from the Sarasota office of the Florida State department of Revenue, Sarasota office of the State Health Department, Habitat Director of Volunteer Services (Janet Pederson), Habitat Director of Family Services (Fred Scheerle), dozens of Pine View School students and faculty members including Principal Steven Largo, Boca Royale Country Club members especially Mr. & Mrs. George Faist, Girl Scouts, St. Thomas More Youth group , and friends and family from across the globe.
The event at Habitat included face painting, balloons, coloring books, Health Department information, cupcakes, and school supplies for all. Each child received a pack full of notebooks, paper, a ruler, folders, composition book, and a pencil box of supplies based on school level. Elementary kids received markers, colored pencils, hand sanitizer, glue sticks, pencils, erasers, scissors and crayons while older students received markers, hand sanitizer, pens, pencils, erasers, and high lighters.
The support doesn't end at the start of the school year, Stevie will visit Memorial Elementary each quarter to read to the 7 kindergarten classes. She will also deliver Halloween treats in the Fall, Beanie Babies, new crayons & candy during the Christmas & Chanukah holidays, and Girl Scout cookies & juice in the Spring.

--Article Submitted by Mary Peacock

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