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Relief fund set up to help with distance learning

By Staff | Apr 2, 2020

A COVID-19 relief fund has been set up through a partnership with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and the School District of Lee County to provide resources to educators, students and their families.

“The Foundation has set up a COVID-19 relief fund, where business and community partners can donate to help continue to enhance and excel education within the School District of Lee County. Now, more than ever, the community needs to support and value our educators and the community’s most important asset, our students,” said Foundation for Lee County Public Schools President and CEO Marshall T. Bower in a prepared statement.

He said with so many other agencies, thankfully, dealing with food issues, the foundation wanted to offer support in another capacity as both students and teachers are learning from home.

“Thankfully, the good news is learning is continuing,” Bower said.

With that said, the relief fund is aimed at helping with whatever supplies teachers and students may need, as well as other items that could not be anticipated. Bower said the needs are those items to be successful during the new learning situation of distance learning.

“That is really what that is all about, setting up the fund,” he said.

Bower said the foundation is working through its partners, the superintendent’s office, as well as principals, so they know what supplies are needed. That could be anything from traditional supplies, such as pencil and paper, to who knows what the need may be, he added.

“It’s a whole new world out there,” Bower said. “We are doing our part in what we always do in making sure students have every opportunity to succeed at the highest level and teachers have the same opportunity as well.”

Those who would like to support the COVID-19 relief fund can do so through “funds,” that will give them an opportunity to respond as needed and purchase whatever supplies are needed.

“Supplies are kind of fluid here,” he said.

Donations can be made at www.leeschoolfoundation.org, or by sending a check to P.O. Box 1608, Fort Myers, Florida 33902.

Bower said he continues to look at the COVID-19 pandemic from a different point of view.

“I have a new-found respect and admiration for all of our health care workers and what they are doing. Unbelievable. Educators always come to the forefront in any kind of an emergencies,” he said, adding that the positive is people helping.