Royal Palm Beach High School’s Choice Academy students have been working diligently to provide assistance to local charities and families in need during this holiday season.
The Global Business Academy’s Interact Club, led by Darrell Schwartz in cooperation with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Royal Palm Beach, raised more than 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to help provide Thanksgiving food packages to families in need in Palm Beach County.
Students and teachers throughout the school generously donated items to help reach this goal and ensure that needy families in the community will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
“Our school came in first place in the county food drive with the PBSO raising over 2,000 pounds of food,” Principal Jesus Armas said.
The Medical Academy’s HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) chapter raised more than $800 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. More than 80 students participated in the event, either as volunteers or walkers. This event brings help and hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers.
Funds raised by teams and individual walkers provide lifesaving blood cancer research; free educational materials and events for patients and their families; local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program; and comprehensive, personalized assistance through the Information Resource Center.
In addition, the Medical Academy students, led by Janet Fabra and Michelle Ugalde, have adopted a family with eight children for Christmas. Students will provide needed items along with items from the family’s wish list. The children range in age from 13 years to six months. Some of the needed items the students are supplying are shoes, clothes, school supplies, along with non-perishable food items, gift cards to local grocery stores so the family can purchase eggs, milk, meats, etc. Along with these items they are trying to fulfill the wish list of toys and books.
Armas said he is proud of the work the school has done. “Our students and staff are great examples of how Royal Palm Beach High School is the beacon of the community,” he said.
Above: Royal Palm Beach High School students at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.