Osceola School District And Community Partners Win National Award In Support Of Students
Posted on 11/09/2016
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) has awarded the Osceola School District's Families in Transition program with the 2016 NAEHCY Outstanding Program Award for Christmas for the Kids of Osceola. Started back in 2009 by Danny and Connie Quinn, a coalition of community members joined together to remove the barrier of families in need having to travel to Orange County to pick up Toys for Tots donations for the holidays. The annual Christmas for Kids event brings stakeholders at all levels to the table to provide for the children and youth experiencing homelessness in Osceola County through the distribution of brand new toys, gift cards, food, hygiene products, books, and more. In 2015, over 1,000 students experiencing homelessness and their family members were served.
In addition to local businesses, governmental agencies, community organizations, and other providers, school groups play a key role in making this event a magical time of holiday cheer. School groups wrap toy collection boxes, sort the donated toys and other items, conduct school-wide drives, and hundreds of students participate the day of the event.
"Throughout the school district, it is these same stakeholders who demonstrate their commitment, loyalty, and enthusiasm for continuously supporting student learning, achievement, and the overall well-being of our students," said Superintendent Debra Pace. "We are committed to working in partnership with families and the community to ensure all our learners grow to be responsible and productive citizens."