Little Cypress Intermediate and Little Cypress Elementary school nurses, Kelly Meadows and Shari Lyons, have announced their Community Resource Walk and Blood Drive to be held Friday, March 25. The blood drive, run by LifeShare Blood Center, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and run through 3:30 p.m. The Walk portion of the day will be kicked off at 7:45 a.m. when Dr. Pauline Hargrove, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville district’s superintendent, will read a proclamation from the Orange County Commissioners, declaring Friday, March 25, Orange County Charity Day, in honor of the Community Resource Walk and Blood Drive. Commissioner David DuBose presented the proclamation to the Commissioner’s Court on Monday, March 21.
For the past five years, LCI and LCE have held an annual American Diabetes Association Walk and Blood Drive, raising funds and awareness for the ADA, and providing students and their parents, families and friends, the opportunity to participate in the educational and fun day. Meadows and Lyons re-evaluated the project and decided to expand the scope of this year’s walk to include several organizations that provide services to area families and provide an opportunity for families to find out what services are available to them.
According to Nurse Meadows, “This year we are going to increase the emphasis on family participation and shift our focus to networking community resources. We are looking at our families struggling to put clothes on the children that fit or to obtain enough dishes so that every person in the house has a plate to eat from. Our families need help - they need to know what resources are available in our community and how to access them.” To facilitate this, 49 organizations will have booths, providing information and detailing both the services (and guidelines for those services) that each provide and the way in which the community can assist the organization’s efforts to serve the Orange area.
Students and staff voted to name seven local organizations, which would benefit from funds raised in connection to the Walk. These are: Orange Christian Services, Service League, Little Cypress Lions, Salvation Army, Garth House, Rainbow Room, and the Red Cross. Students are collecting pledges for the number of laps that they walk and have set goals to raise a minimum of $100. Several classes have already surpassed their goals. They are also collecting items that can be used by the organizations that they are supporting, such as used eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club and stuffed animals for the Garth House.
The classrooms that meet their goals will have a “Silly String” war as their reward. Last year’s Walk boasted about 1,250 participants. This year the goal is 1,500 participants and 100 pints of blood. The elementary students have challenged high school organizations and other school departments to become involved in helping these organizations that LCM families are routinely referred to for assistance.