Washburn Students Fill Backpacks

High School Teens from Washburn Academy Help Their Community

Washburn Academy of Clearwater, a local K-12 private school licensed by Applied Scholastics, has a reputation for their willingness to help anybody and everybody. Their curriculum includes social betterment programs, which result in various community volunteer projects from park clean-ups to the New York Super Storm Sandy disaster relief whereby 25 students went to help the families stricken with disaster.

On Friday, August 1st, 2014 from 9am to 12 noon, Washburn Academy High School Students will volunteer their time once again and pack all school supplies for 750 backpacks that will be given out to the Clearwater and surrounding communities – at 222 South Lincoln Circle Clearwater, 33755. These backpacks will be handed out at the North Greenwood Health and Wellness Fest 2013, held at the Ross North Aquatic Center in Clearwater, Saturday August 2nd, 2014 from 8:30am to 1pm. The event has now become one of the largest of its kind in the Pinellas County area.

“Education is such an important factor in every child’s future,” said Shawn Float, Principal of Washburn Academy. “Anything that furthers the education of a child is worthwhile. Therefore we are honored to be a part of this event.”

Community Churches and over 20 other community organizations, such as the Community Learning Center and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Clearwater Alumnae Chapter have joined together to make the event a success. The Turley Family Health Center and the Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center are contributing health professionals and supplies for blood pressure, weight, eye exams and dental check-ups.

“We have a great core of over 100 volunteers who love to help children,” said Sherry Van Hootegem, an organizer for the event. “And the volunteers are key to helping to make the event a success.”

Check out the video footage from 10 News, Tampa Bay’s CBS station. (Washburn segment starts at about 2 minutes 15 seconds into the video.)

See news story on WTSP 10 News.