Thanks to a generous donation from supporter Patty Teeters (Mainland Class of 1961) FBH was proud to welcome Mainland High School to its Teen Zone after school program in 2014. Principal Dr. Cheryl Salerno was literally moved to tears when Mrs. Hosseini and Mrs. Teeters delivered the news. "The need we have among our student body is just overwhelming," said Dr. Salerno. "You have no idea how meaningful this will be."
Mrs. Teeters was inspired to help students in need at her alma mater. She and her husband, Bruce, donated $5,000 to FBH with the purpose of starting a FBH Teen Zone program at Mainland. "I just felt compelled to do something about the poverty and hunger among my fellow Buccaneers," said Mrs. Teeters. "FBH is doing amazing things in the community and this seemed like an appropriate way to do our part to help kids in need."
"The Buc Zone" consists of about 18 active members and plan to add more when the new school year starts. Ms. Kristie Long serves as sponsor for the girls, who call themselves "Girls with STYLE." Mr. Don Garner leads the boys, who call themselves "Guys with Pride."
Their weekly meetings include tutoring and meals as well as recognition for achievement. On a monthly basis, the girls and boys meet separately and address different issues. The founding student members participated in a brainstorm session to develop the platform and address key issues. They are interested in focusing on subjects like building self esteem, controlling attitude, learning to speak properly, presenting themselves like young ladies and young men, developing social skills and working on job and college applications.
The students attended the year-end celebration at Daytona International Speedway. It was a very special time them. Many had never been to the race track and had a great time. Food Brings Hope allowed us an opportunity to recognize a couple of our students with a special award. Mr. Garner was enabled to award a young man who had turned his life around and is becoming a successful student.
The leadership of Dr. Salerno and the dedicated sponsors she appointed is matched by the enthusiasm of the students who are motivated to establish an affiliation that allows students to alter their paths in a positive way. Great accomplishments are expected of The Buc Zone!
We look forward to putting together a study hall tutoring and life skills after school program in the 2014-2015 school year in coordination with the Food Brings Hope program. Thank you for including Mainland High School in your program!
100% of Food Brings Hope overhead is paid for by the Hosseini Family Foundation!
100% of donations to Food Brings Hope directly benefit students.
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