Back-to-school update

Central Florida public schools have officially been in session for almost two weeks! We thought now would be a good time to post an update to our back-to-school blog we shared with you a few of weeks ago.

In the back-to-school post, we discussed the importance of students (especially homeless students) feeling prepared and confident when starting a new year. New school supplies, fashionable clothes and brand new shoes can help provide that needed confidence. Since the families living at the Coalition typically do not have the funds to provide these basic items, we told you about how you could help their children start the year off on “equal footing.”

We are so grateful to the generous Central Florida community for all their support to help our kids get energized and ready for the new school year! On August 21, we had a great back-to-school festival thanks to our wonderful partners and volunteers. At the festival, our kids were able to pick up new school supplies, backpacks, clothes and shoes – and even get a new hairdo! While gathering their new items, the youngsters were entertained by clowns and balloon animals. A tasty lunch provided by Sonny’s Bar-B-Q followed.

We would like to thank the amazing community partners and volunteers who made the day possible:

  • Backpacks provided by Florida Blood Centers, BASS ESPN, Hilton Grand Vacations, and Sweetwater Episcopal School
  • Gift bags for teens provided by RCI
  • School supplies provided by All Saints Lutheran Church of Orlando
  • New outfits provided by Sonny’s Bar-B-Q and Holler Honda
  • New shoes provided by Alliance First Unitarian Church
  • Haircuts provided by Paul Mitchell The School
  • Lunch provided by Sonny’s Bar-B-Q
  • School supplies provided by All Saints Lutheran Church of Orlando
  • Games courtesy of All Saints Episcopal Church of Winter Park Youth Group
  • Clowns and balloons provided by Ballerina Clown Company

The support for our children didn’t stop there. We also want to thank Holler Honda and College Park Presbyterian Church for providing breakfast on Monday August 23. Our students were able to start their first day of school with full tummies!

We at Coalition for the Homeless appreciate the community’s efforts to help prepare our students with the essentials so they can focus on learning and help break the cycle of homelessness.