From: Valerie Lopez, Edgewater High School, Principal’s Secretary (Orange County)
Sent: December 9, 2021
It’s the Holiday season and here at our high school (identified students are asked if they need/want a lil something for the Holidays in ways of a
season gift) we tell the kids it’s a random selection so we don’t upset anyone’s pride. I can tell you, every “wish” list students make have
SHOES! as wants /needs. It’s wonderful that because of the GROW program we have shoes to offer them
Thank you for helping us help our students!
From the beginning of the year we have had students come to receive shoes so that they can participate in a sport, or have decent shoes so that their
peers don’t make fun of them. When kids are younger the stigma of fitting in may not be as much as it is in High School – BUT high school students
would rather not come to school if they don’t have the nice, proper fitting shoe. it’s SO important that students are afforded the opportunity to
have a nice/great pair of shoes.
Thank you for all you do. We here at Edgewater High School thank you for blessing our students.
From: Sharon Hill, Stenstrom Elementary School, 5th Grade Teacher (Seminole County)
Sent: October 21, 2021
Thank you so much for your generous donation of recess equipment to our classroom. The students are so excited to have some items to enjoy when we are outside!
They are also very appreciative of the bookmarks you provided. I appreciate GROW Central Florida's investment in our students' lives by increasing the
opportunity for them to be physically active. It's nice to have some ways to encourage them to engage in fun activities to better their physical and
mental health. Thank you for your commitment to our students!
From: Mary Lynn Hess, k-5 STEM Resource Teacher, Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School (Seminole County)
Sent: October 25, 2021
On Friday I received my materials for my Run Club. GROW Central Florida is too kind. ❤️
It was just in time for our first practice today. I had 60 kids show up. I am super pumped! It's great to know parents value exercise as a part of
raising a healthy child. One kid said to me after practice, "This is the best club ever!". That made my day.
GROW really does make a difference! Your determination, kindness, and belief in your program is much appreciated.
Thank you from all of us at GEMS.
From: Christine Peacock, Lake Orienta Elementary School, Principal (Seminole County
Sent: August 9, 2021
The work of GROW Central Florida has brought new life to our campus. Staff and students are thrilled to see how the recess playground, flagpole, and other
common areas "pop" with color. LKO is forever grateful!
Mrs. Chris Peacock
Lake Orienta Elementary School
From: Beth Davalos, MSW, RPT-S, LCSW-S, School Social Worker, Seminole County Public Schools
Sent: March 29, 2021
Thank you so much for the sneakers. I can't tell you how much it meant to this student and the timing was more than perfect.
This student really needed this gift more than ever today. GROW Central Florida is a blessing!!!
Thank you so much!!
Beth Davalos MSW, RPT-S, LCSW-S
School Social Worker
Student Support Services Department
Seminole County Public Schools