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VFW lends a helping hand with back-to-school supplies

August 15, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Two local schools got a nice surprise from VFW Post 4174 in Lehigh Acres when they delivered a $1,000 worth of supplies right in time for the new year.

VFW members and volunteers met up at the post at noon to load up a list of supplies including pencils, rulers, glue, notepaper and a variety of other things the children need for the school year.

One of the schools, Sunshine Elementary, had a particular need this year for its new AVID program.

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Two local schools got a nice surprise from the VFW Post 4174 in Lehigh Acres when they delivered a $1,000 worth of supplies on Monday, August 6, 2018.


According to Buffy Rousey, the person spearheading the program for the VFW, they were made aware of Sunshine's need for additional supplies prior to the start of this year's program.

"We got a call from Sunshine who is will now offer the AVID program to fifth graders. The students who are participating in the AVID program were going to need a range of extra supplies, so we got a map of those supplies and were able to cover over 200 fifth graders," said Rousey.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit that trains educators in an effort to close the opportunity gap for higher education and prepare all students for college, careers, and life. The program helps these kids get ready for their future by learning new skill sets.

Lehigh Elementary School was the second stop for members of the VFW, who later dropped off a similar list of donations for students to begin their school year.

"It's been terrific! We had donations from members at the post and a large contribution from an anonymous donor. Everyone really pulled together," said Rousey.

This is Rousey's first year overseeing the school supply drive. She is also a member of the auxiliary at the VFW.

"The VFW has done school supply drives in the past, but this has been the most successful year so far. We were able to help get supplies to those children who can't afford them," said Rousey.

According to VFW Post 4174 Post Commander Shannon Rousey, the post tries to stay active within other areas of the community.

"The VFW is not just a place for veterans. We try to be there for the community and find ways to give back and help out in the community whenever possible," Rousey said.

For more information on VFW Post 4174 in Lehigh Acres, visit their Facebook page or call 239-369-5100. The post is at 25 Homestead Rd S., in Lehigh Acres.



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