WAYS YOU CAN HELP FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
As we approach the end of our ESA year and our chapters are looking for ideas as to how to disperse our funds here are a few suggestions that could help our State Philanthropic project of the FSDB. As you can see there are a lot of little things that we can do to help.
In talking to my colleagues, the biggest needs right now item wise are in our transportation department. As you know, about 400 of our students live with us during the week and come from all over the state. As far south as the Florida Keys, as far West as Pensacola, and everywhere in between.
The bus ride for many of these kids - twice a week - on Friday and Sunday - can be very long! Therefore, we provide them with things to do on the bus. Here is what they use. They below can be for ages 5 - 22 years old so there is a variety of options.
- Puzzles where pieces don't come out - travel puzzles
- Games where pieces don't come out - travel games
- Coloring books - children's and the new adult coloring books that are out
- Colored Pencils
- Playing cards - Uno, Go Fish, etc.
- 44 golf umbrellas - 2 per bus with 22 total buses
- medium size rolling suitcase
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is collecting Box Tops for Education. (See below) If you are not familiar with this program, the school collects the box tops clipped from certain products and turns them in for cash. This is an exceptionally easy way at no cost to you to support FSDB.
After a hard run, the first thing many runners reach for is a bottle of water.
And then, they wonder what to do with those little plastic caps.
Crystal River Elementary School collected 650 pounds of Plastic caps to purchase 2 buddy benches. Caps can be from any container except medicine bottles.
Alpha Gamma helped them reach their goal. We collected over 100 pounds for them between February and August. They have reached their goal, but we are waiting for another school in the area to do the same. This may be something other communities might like to do and it costs you nothing with very little effort.