WCF Distributes 600 Backpacks, 300 School Uniforms To Local Students

Jaime Castellanos from Binks Forest with Maggie Zeller, Tom Wenham, Mickey Smith and Jim Sackett.

The Wellington Community Foundation recently partnered with the Village of Wellington and the local nonprofit organization Back to Basics to help Wellington students be prepared for a successful school year.

Hundreds of students attended Wellington’s annual event Back to School Bash held at the Wellington Community Center on Saturday, July 27. At that event, 250 of the backpacks, filled with school supplies, were given away, along with hundreds of new school uniforms that were purchased by the foundation through funding from supporters, donors and grants received throughout the year.

WCF Chair Tom Wenham, along with board members Mickey Smith, Maria Becker, James Seder, Pam Tahan and Maggie Zeller were happy to see the many smiles on students’ faces first-hand as they picked their favorite color backpack.

Foundation board members were back in action on Tuesday, Aug. 6 when they joined Back to Basics to distribute school uniforms. The Wellington Community Foundation sponsored uniforms for three Wellington elementary schools: Elbridge Gale, New Horizons and Binks Forest.

“Because of our donors’ generous donations, we were able to help kids right here in the Village of Wellington,” Wenham said. “The Wellington Community Foundation will continue to be an integral part of the Wellington community, helping seniors, children and veterans, and together continue ‘Building a Stronger Community.’ We want to thank everyone for their involvement.”

Zeller was pleased at how the project came together. “Working with Wellington’s staff was such a pleasure,” she said. “The attention to detail helped ensure all students received these much-needed items, and we look forward to participating again next year.”

Smith thanked the foundation’s many supporters for making it all happen. “Contributors to the Wellington Community Foundation have every reason to feel proud,” he noted. “Their generosity is helping deserving students here in our community by providing them the tools they need to succeed.”

For more information, call (561) 333-9843 or visit www.wellingtoncommunityfoundation.org.