Manatee students help charities through initiative program


Tara Pagliarini, executive director of Family Promise of Brevard, speaks to children at Manatee Elementary School.



Manatee Elementary in Viera has an initiative program, active for the past four years, where students give back to the community. Part of that program was the presentation of collected items for charities held Nov. 16 at the school.

“The kindergarten and first-grade students gave to the Brevard Humane Society for the animals giving dog food, cat food and supplies — things needed by the Humane Society,” said Shannon Daly, assistant principal at Manatee Elementary School. “Second, third and fourth graders collected toys for the Children of Brevard that is an organization for students in foster care. Letters were sent home to students’ parents and those who decided to participate were sent cards with choices listed for each student in the program. Over 300 Christmas wishes were filled.”

Fifth- and sixth-grade students collected for Family Promise of Brevard and do this charity every year. Students collected household items and when homeless families get a home they get a laundry basket filled with household items to start them off in their new home, Daly said.

“I know that the project we provide survives for families who can get back into housing and remain in housing,” said Tara Pagliarini, executive director of Family Promise of Brevard. “The kids helped to collect items for families given as families move back into their homes. The students collected paper products, basic needs and cleaning products. They collected these items so the funds we receive can go toward services instead of collecting products. We have served 305 families since we started four years ago. The goal is to stabilize families, so they can move into a more stabilized situation. Eighty-six percent of families served have moved into housing. Manatee Elementary reached out to us and we suggested this program of providing household goods.”