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‘Love Your School Day’ benefits environment, local center

By Staff | May 3, 2010

Local children, teenagers and adults all pitched in at the recent “Love Your School Day” at J. Colin English Elementary in North Fort Myers.
Not only did they help beautify the local environment, they also did projects for local Grace Community Center. The school’s parent involvement specialist Jody Callahan helped spearhead the event. — Get a Disney Day” event.They gave away free Disney tickets to adults and children who did the community service.
“The children made cards for Grace Community Center for their Saturday Food Bank, which they do every third Saturday of the month. The adults helped landscape the school at J. Colin English,” Callahan said. She contacted Disney Corporation, who then, over several months, received over 110 volunteers at the school to read with the children and assist teachers and then they there were other volunteers for the actual event day.
“Recipients had to go on a website and pick a Disney book to read, and I had to verify them, then they had to go online to get a voucher. They got a free ticket to Disney World.”
Callahan said she was more than pleased with the varying volunteers for the many parts of the group event.
Volunteers included student Heather Phillips, and many from from Ida Baker High School, including Will Leon and Fabian Guzman.
“Some of the teachers came out on a Saturday just to help me,” she said. “They included Elaine Guerin, Rose Eyster, Carie Fererra, and other staff members. Four teenagers from Ida Baker High Baker also came out, and they did so much, they worked really hard for me. We re-did landscaping, a volunteer day to make-over the school.”
She said local businesses also helped out. “Bayshore Concrete gave us an entire dump truck full of decorative rock and delivered it for free. Bayshore Garden Center also pitched in, providing mulch, plants and more.”
Callahan has a special connection to the Grace Community Center that benefitted from the day. She also has a business there called 4 the Kids School of the Arts.
Children enrolled are involved in dance, guitar, keyboard, ballet and acrobatics.
To reach that school, call 542-7141.Look for a future story in The North Fort Myers Neighbor and on-line about the J. Colin English Elementary’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, which is always colorful.