Rotarian Randal Ray, district grant director, Shannon Nickinson, director of Early Learning Studer Community Institute, and Betty Roberts, president, Rotary Club of Pensacola.
(Photo: Rotary Club of Pensacola)
Rotary Club of Pensacola awarded a check of $10,000 to Studer Community Institute to support the Early Learning Project’s Brain Bags and Parental Outreach entitled “Millions of Words for Early Literacy.”
Randal Ray, Rotarian District Grant Director, reported that the two-year project has resulted in 5,377 Brain Bags being presented in 2018 to new mothers at local hospitals. The Brain Bags outline what parents can do to educate and build the brain during the first three years. Research shows that during the first three years, parent involvement in childhood education helps promote readiness for kindergarten, higher IQ test scores and academic success.
As of February, 981 new mothers have received Brain Bags. Local hospitals participating in the program include Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, Baptist and West Florida.
A second part of the of the grant is the Parent Outreach program, which leads parent groups for residents in eight housing campuses with children younger than 4. These weekly, one-hour sessions provide tools to parents to nurture early cognitive and social-emotional development.
Charles Bare, RBI Baseball presents Lendward Griffin of Fricker Resource Center with equipment for the City’s T-Ball League.
(Photo: Pensacola Parks & Recreation)
RBI Pensacola donates equipment to city’s T-ball league
The city of Pensacola recently received a monetary donation of $750 from Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Pensacola for their T-ball program held at Fricker, Cobb and Woodland Heights Resource Centers. RBI gave the city the donation towards the purchase of T-ball uniforms as well as donated and loaned equipment for each of the teams.
RBI is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to increase participation in baseball and softball among underserved youth and promote greater inclusion of youth with diverse backgrounds into the mainstream of the game.
This is the second year that RBI Pensacola and the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation have partnered to provide inner city baseball and T-ball programs. The league begins their regular season play on April 27 at Fricker Resource Center.
Call 850-436-5670 or visit PlayPensacola.com for details.
EVENTS THAT HELP
Sacred Heart hosts sixth annual E3 conference for women 55 and older
Mainstay Financial Group and Sacred Heart Senior Services are presenting the 2019 Day of Education, Enlightenment and Empowerment for women 55 and older from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 27 at the Sacred Heart Hospital Conference Center.
In its sixth successful year, this year’s event will focus on: Women Over 55: Health & Personal Care. Channel 3 anchorwoman, Sue Straughn, will once again be the emcee. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors over the last five years, organizers have been able to donate more than $35,000 to the Sacred Heart Foundation to benefit women in need of health care.
Call 850-437-3127 or visit www.powerofe3.com for details.
Chain Reaction’s 14th annual Playing for a Purpose fundraiser
Local teen leadership organization Chain Reaction will host its 14th annual Playing for a Purpose fundraising event. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos stadium and features life-size interactive games and prizes, a silent auction, “chemistry” cocktails and appetizers.
Chain Reaction teens receive personal and real-world benefits in an environment that empowers life skills and sets them up for success. Teens earn service hours for competitive high school programs and the Bright Futures Scholarship, build a resume based on personal and Chain Reaction experience, and gain work experience through service-based projects and internships.
To attend the event, you must purchase an individual ticket or sponsor a game, table, or teen. Various levels of sponsorship are available. All proceeds benefit Chain Reaction. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to purchase an individual ticket.
Baptist Health Care to host national Donate Life Month events
Baptist Health Care will host flag ceremonies in April with LifeNet Health, LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services and Lions Eye Institute. These events are in recognition of National Donate Life Month. The community is invited to attend.
Dates and times at each location’s flagpole are as follows:
• 9 a.m. April 24. Gulf Breeze Hospital, 1110 Gulf Breeze Parkway.
• 9 a.m. April 25. Baptist Hospital, 1000 W. Moreno St.
National Donate Life Month was established in 2003 to commemorate those who have given the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation. For those whose lives have been saved or healed by a transplant, National Donate Life Month provides a chance to share their stories to encourage more people to register as donors. Donation saves and heals lives every day, but it can only happen when someone makes the important decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor.
More than 114,000 people are currently awaiting a transplant, and a new name is added to the transplant list every 10 minutes.
More information about organ donation is available at DonateLifeFlorida.org.
UWF hosts Day of Giving
The University of West Florida will host its second annual Day of Giving on Thursday, April 18, inviting alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends to donate to 14 featured funds. The 24-hour fundraising event is an online, social media-driven effort that supports the University and its programs. The goal for the initiative is to bring all Argos together on one day and make a lasting impact for current and future students. The first-ever Day of Giving, held in 2018, raised more than $113,000 from over 1,200 people. Donations came in from 43 states and several countries, including Ireland, England, Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand. Last year’s success in doubling the fundraising goal sparked the idea for this year’s theme: “Double the Goal, Double the Impact.” University Advancement also hopes to get donations from all 50 U.S. states. Participants can give online at dayofgiving.uwf.edu, in person or over the phone. Donations will also be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UWF’s Pensacola campus on April 18 at the Day of Giving table located in front of Building 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Commons and the alumni tent at the Blue and Green spring football game on Pen Air Field.