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Sanibel School Fund extends thank you

By SANIBEL SCHOOL FUND - | Nov 24, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Marty Harrity with Sanibel School Fund members Dana Foster, Jeff Muddell, Babs Maughan and Kim Kouril.

As students at The Sanibel School head into the holiday season, there is much to be thankful.

School has been in session since August, with well over three-quarters of enrolled students now attending classes in person, according to the Sanibel School Fund. Students have adjusted well to safety protocols, and teachers and administrators have modified their teaching to the “new normal” of the pandemic.

But, best of all, the community continues to rally to support the school through gifts to the Sanibel School Fund and Parent Teacher Association. That generosity will soon bring a new pottery kiln to the art department. Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille owners Marty and Brenda Harrity are annual supporters of the fund’s Blue Ribbon Golf Classic, donors to its 2020 annual campaign and PTA event sponsors.

“Marty is truly interested in seeing our school succeed,” Sanibel School Fund President Jeff Muddell said. “He keeps an ear to developments, wants to know what’s going on. Whenever The Sanibel School is in need of something above-and-beyond what its budget allows, there’s Marty, asking how he can help.”

When Harrity learned this summer that the school’s kiln was broken and needed to be replaced, he immediately called to see what could be done. In a few weeks, a new kiln will be arriving.

“They are an amazing family. Marty was on city council when the middle school was dreamed up, constructed and opened. He knows the value of keeping our school strong and bringing new families to the island,” Muddell said. “We are all so thankful for him and Brenda and their business.”

An A-rated K-8 institution, the school is part of the School District of Lee County. As such, it largely works with a public school budget. But it has been blessed to receive support from the community, providing opportunities for students beyond what is provided by the district. That support has been used to fund educational programs like the new track for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or STEM, leadership programs, teacher appreciation initiatives, and additional supplies and equipment.

For more information about supporting the school, contact the Sanibel School Fund at thesanibelschoolfund@gmail.com or Sanibel School PTA at SanibelPTABoard@gmail.com.