By Dr. Bessie Cristwell
The students at Coral Springs Charter School joined together to deliver supplies and toys to Broward Partnership, a homeless shelter assisting more than seven hundred families in Pompano Beach, Florida, on Thursday, December 17, 2020.
The holiday season is one of the greatest times to give back, and Coral Springs Charter School was part of the giving season.
Dr. Bessie Cristwell was instrumental in spreading the word about the homeless population in Broward County in need of supplies. For several years, she has worked with the community and schools to secure toys and supplies for families in need.
Victoria Loffreda, Maliha Mahmud, Adrian Ragoonanan, Maleah Gayle, Sharmeen Shivji, Katie Foster, and Cristian Escalona from Coral Springs Charter School have organized students to give supplies for the shelter. Broward Partnership produced items to hang on the Giving Tree, and students worked together to purchase products and toys to give to families at the shelter. The children genuinely enjoyed taking their gifts and supplies to the shelter. They enjoyed meeting the staff and appreciated their gratitude.
Mrs. Patricia Nicholas, from the Broward Outreach Partnership, is the Community Engagement Coordinator. she thanked the students for coordinating the Community Drive for the Giving Tree. “Each gift helps men, women, and families with children experiencing homelessness transfer into safe, stable housing. we appreciate everything that the community does to support our mission! We look forward to coming together again as we pave the road to help.” Her grateful and appreciative demeanor listed the students Morale as she bid them adieu. “ once again, thank you! We wish you a happy and safe holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous new year.”
Dr. Cristwell said, “It is great idea that students learn how to give to others at an early age, so they may have a lifestyle of giving later in life. It is a good principle to know that when they assist others, it helps them too. When they give at an early age, they learn how to give a hand up, instead of a hand out. It is a JOY in Giving!!