Kennedy, a fourth-grade student at Lakeview Elementary school in Sarasota, Florida, was disturbed and disheartened when he learned about the devastation and destruction in the Panhandle caused by Hurricane Michael. He worried about the children who were unable to go back to school. As he expressed his sadness, he was encouraged to do something to help. Kennedy first donated all his birthday money to help and convinced his twin brother, Avery to donate some of his birthday money too. Both of the boys felt they wanted to do more. They spoke to their principal, Lisa Wheatley, to see if they could begin a school-wide initiative to raise funds for a school in the Panhandle. Victoria Theiler, a second-grade teacher at Lakeview, is the sponsor of the Kindness Club. Ms. Theiler knew of a school in Panama City that was devastated by Hurricane Michael, Bay Haven Charter Academy. When she heard about Kennedy and Avery's desire to help out, she agreed to make raising funds for Bay Haven Charter Academy in Panama City the first initiative of the Kindness Club.
Kennedy and Avery have coordinated a special Trick or Treat project, asking their fellow students to collect spare change as they are Trick or Treating in the community.
The boys have asked me, Beth Duda their godmother, to start this gofundme page. The funds raised will be sent to Bay Haven Charter Academy K-8 in Panama City to help them rebuild and reopen. The funds will be delivered to Jaimie Vickers, Principal of Bay Haven Charter Academy to help the school recover from the damage caused by the hurricane.
It has been remarkable to see Kennedy and Avery transition their feelings of sadness and helplessness to plans for action.