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Lakeview helping the Panhandle

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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.  

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Final Update: Kennedy and Avery Cole were selected as Volunteers of the Year for Sarasota County Schools!

Volunteers, businesses and community partners that donate their time helping students in the Sarasota County School District were recognized for their efforts during a ceremony Wednesday at the Venice Community Center.

The school district’s annual Celebrate! event honored more than 12,000 volunteers who have worked in the school district this year. The thousands of hours they worked are equivalent to more than $4.8 million in in-kind hours, according to the district’s Office of Community Involvement.

“We are extremely thankful for the dedicated individuals, businesses and community groups that invest in our students,” Superintendent Todd Bowden said. “Their passion and sheer enthusiasm for the success of our school communities is inspiring. Our sincere congratulations to the individual winners, and heartfelt appreciation to all our district’s incredible volunteers and partners.”

Several students were awarded cash prizes for their commitment to their school communities. Winners included Julia Weber, Riverview High School; Sachit Gali, Pine View School; Claudiamarie Mendez, Venice High School; Kileigh Rice, Venice High School; and Isabella Smith, Booker High School.

The district also honored community leaders who have spent their time volunteering in the school district this year. Kennedy and Avery Cole were named Outstanding Youth Volunteers; Tanya Jones was named Outstanding Adult Volunteer; Jo Ivey was named Outstanding Senior Adult Volunteer; Temple Emanu-El and Chick-fil-A of Sarasota County were named Outstanding Corporate Business Partners.
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Kennedy and Avery Cole with the help of the Kindness Club at Lakewood Elementary school raised a total of $1934.05 to help Bay Haven Charter Academy recover from Hurricane Michael. Thank you for your support!
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Five different television stations visited Lakeview School this week to interview Kennedy and Avery about their efforts to help the children of Bay Haven Charter Academy in Panama City.
https://www.wtsp.com/article/life/heartwarming/twin-brothers-use-halloween-to-help-a-school-damaged-by-hurricane-michael/67-610003357?fbclid=IwAR0EBcuQDVrUdGHM-snPChRJ5TBmRzCNRrAW-63qwkUlHQQ4F8L2GjZvDjQ
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Tonight, Kennedy, Avery, and their schoolmates will be trick-or-treating to raise funds to help Bay Haven Charter Academy in Panama City. Five television stations came to Lakeview school today to cover the story, WFTS, FOX, WTSP, ABC and Bay News 9.
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