Community encouraged to join February 28 initiative benefiting Feeding Children Everywhere
(PALM BEACH, FL) — As more than 250 fourth through ninth grade Palm Beach Day Academy students filed into the Smith Family Theater located in the Matthews Center for Performing Arts at 8 a.m. a recent Thursday morning, Marcus Mennega of Feeding Children Everywhere asked them to think about their start to the day. Had they eaten breakfast? If not, how would they feel about playing sports or taking a test later? Would the crowd be at their best for the day?
The students were part of a kick-off assembly to announce plans for Palm Beach Unites – scheduled for February 28 at the Palm Beach Day Academy upper campus. Through its “Lead with Honor” program, Palm Beach Day Academy students and families, along with representatives from The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Center for Family Services, Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Glades Academy, New Hope Charities and Food for the Poor will comprise more than 1,000 volunteers to package at least 150,000 meals for “Feeding Children Everywhere.” This organization mobilizes people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. The bulk of the prepared meals on February 28 will stay in Palm Beach County.
This is the second year Palm Beach Day Academy students will participate in the hunger project through Palm Beach Unites. PBDA parent leader Andrea Kosoy introduced the student leaders for the project to the crowd assembled. Harrison Fisher, Charlie Lorentzen, Nicholas Lorentzen, Sydney Kosoy, Martina Gil, Caroline McCann and Thomas Ferro will rally students, families and friends along with community volunteers to join the effort on February 28.
Students at Palm Beach Day Academy are involved in community service projects at every grade level. Students participate in school-wide service drives as well as grade-level initiatives. Every project is designed to give students a greater understanding of the needs of others.
“Through your ‘service above self’ and exciting outreach programs at PBDA, we’re able to come together with seven other partners in our community to make a powerful difference in the lives of others with this project,” said Frances Fisher, a PBDA parent leader for Palm Beach Unites. “As the hosts for this incredible project, please join me in welcoming our Palm Beach Unites partners and thanking them for being with us today.”
The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea is spearheading the Palm Beach Unites effort with Palm Beach Day Academy, as part of their Feeding in February initiative, and The Rev. James Harlan and The Rev. Kimberly L. Still attended the assembly, as did Sherri Gilbert and Dr. Rosalie Franks from The Fellowship of Christians and Jews; Stanton Collemore and Roy Cacciaguida from The Center for Family Services; Jaene Miranda and Maria Curreri from The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Palm Beaches; and Lourdes Fanjul representing Glades Academy and New Hope Charities.
“To date, Feeding Children Everywhere has delivered 44 million meals packed by 265,000 volunteers,” said PBDA parent leader, Helene Lorentzen. “This year, the group plans to pack 24 million meals and on behalf of Palm Beach Unites, we are excited to play a part in reaching their goals. We invite the entire community to join us as we unite on this extraordinary project.”
Striving always for the highest academic excellence, Palm Beach Day Academy has grown from a cottage colony school started in 1921 into an innovative, top-ranked day school serving nearly 500 students from the greater Palm Beach area. The educational program, for age 2 through grade 9, is dedicated to providing students with a learning experience that exemplifies the school’s vision to provide students with exceptional opportunities for academic development, intellectual growth, artistic and physical self-fulfillment, and moral awareness.
Palm Beach Day Academy is located on two campuses 1.3 miles apart in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. For more information, visit pbday.org or call 561.655.1188. To participate by volunteering for a shift or donating to the Palm Beach Unites effort, visit www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com and click on the “Palm Beach Unites” date on February 28, or call 561.655.1188 and speak to Cynthia Kanai, Director of Community Service at Palm Beach Day Academy.