Pine Hills Elementary School receives 6th year of support from International Drive Master Transit & Improvement District for the 2010-2011 School Year
Projects included providing 1,000 birthday certificates, 500 honor roll certificates, 500 honor roll pencils, 50 binders and 1,000 perfect attendance certificates. In addition, 300 "Reading is Achieving" pencils were provided as part of the school wide reading initiative. An end of the year field trip for patrols was hosted on I-Drive and Mears Transportation provided a bus for a fourth grade field trip to St. Augustine. For teachers, there were monthly incentives and an appreciation celebration.
The International Drive District partners also donated hundreds of dollars worth of audio visual equipment, office furniture, computer equipment and office supplies.
Pine Hills Elementary School kids ride the trolley for a Field trip to Putting Edge Fun Center on I-Drive May 16, 2011
It may not sound like such a big deal.
Spiral notebooks. Packs of pens. Pencils. Paper. Binders. Crayons. All basic supplies that students need. Mentors to offer a helping hand. Certificates for honor roll achievements. Assistance and encouragement that provide the basics for school. For elementary school students it can make all the difference.
As the International Drive Master Transit and Improvement District continues its support of Pine Hills Elementary School, the school’s principal says that the program fills a huge void that cannot “be defined by a dollar value.”
“The commitment made by these partnerships, is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and the community. The District helps to fill a huge void and we are grateful for the experiences that it will provide for our students,” says principal De Cheryl Britton, in her third year at the school.
Pine Hills Elementary in Orlando, opened its doors in 1954. The District began working the school during the 2005-2006 school year. This volunteer effort takes place each year in conjunction with the Central Florida Hospitality and Lodging Association
(CFHLA) Adopt-A-School program. The CFHLA organization formed this important program in 2002 with the mission to identify, develop and promote positive community partnerships between every public school in Central Florida and with the CFHLA Membership.
“This is a commitment that our staff and partners feel is one of our most important. It gives us great personal satisfaction to support these students and their teachers during an economic downturn that has caused hardships for everyone,” says Luann Brooks, executive director of the International Drive Master Transit & Improvement District.
“We see our involvement in the Adopt-A-School Program as even more critical than ever before and we look forward to continuing our support."
Brooks says that the District is in the process of looking ahead to the 2011-2012 school year and establishing new goals to help as many teachers and students as possible.