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|A group of 6th grade students proudly sit in front of all of the collected and packed supplies: (L-R)Finn Duran, Jack Beylo, Bailey Groth, Logan Ray, Natasha Yedinak|
|7th grader Harry Scarola (left) and 4th grader Jack Hansen hand donated garbage bags to Rosarian Academy Head of School Linda Trethewey.|
|7th Grader Harry Scarola unloads a carload of donations for Hurricane Michael victims.|
In partnership with ABF Freight, Rosarian led a community-wide effort to collect needed supplies for our neighbors in North Florida who have been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Michael. The drive ran for ten days in October. All local schools, organizations, churches and Palm Beach County community members were invited to join the efforts of collecting supplies to help their neighbors in North Florida.
Superintendent of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Gary Gelo, reached out to all of the Catholic schools in the county sharing a call for help from the superintendent of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Rosarian Academy quickly responded to this plea and secured the truck and transportation through ABF Freight.
A 28-foot trailer, generously donated by ABF Freight, was filled with an estimated 4,480 lbs of water, tarps, cleaning supplies & gloves, pet supplies, baby food & diapers, non-perishable food items, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, and toiletries. ABF picked up the trailer on October 30 and is transporting the supplies from the West Palm Beach campus to St. Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City. Catholic Charities is staging food and water distribution at St. Dominic. The donated supplies are going directly to the Panama City community and other churches in the area.
Linda Trethewey, Head of School for Rosarian Academy, expressed her gratitude , “Thank you for the outpouring of support for the Hurricane Michael Drive. The generosity of our community is heartwarming. This was a wonderful service opportunity for our students to be a part of and witness firsthand. We all know that this devastation could so easily be us! And without ABF, we wouldn’t have been able to transport the donations, so thank you.”
Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. STEM, coding, art, drama, music theory, and Spanish classes begin in kindergarten. The independent, Catholic school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Complimentary bus service is available throughout Palm Beach County. For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561.345.3106.