Recently we asked brick fans to help us support our local community by filling one of the LEGOLAND® Florida Resort shuttle buses with school supplies. The response was brick-tastic! After adding up everything donated by guests and our Model Citizens, the final tally was nearly 2,800 items.
All items will be distributed to elementary and middle school students assisted by the HEARTH Project, a Polk County program that assists homeless and in-transition families and children “by eliminating barriers to school enrollment, attendance, stability, and overall academic success.”
According to Dee Dee Wright, homeless liaison for the Polk County School Board, last year 3,691 Polk County students were in a homeless situation sometime during the school year. In 2015, the organization was able to distribute school supplies to more than 850 students. She says this year they will be able to give even more due to this collaboration.
“We were very excited that LEGOLAND Florida Resort chose to support the HEARTH Project and provide assistance to our homeless students,” she said. “We were moved by the overwhelming generosity of the LEGOLAND staff and our community members. Giving school supplies not only equips students for success, but also makes them a confident learner.”
The supply drive was part of a global campaign called Being a Force for Good by Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, and represents the latest in a long line of LEGOLAND efforts to support our community and its children. Thank you to everyone that participated! You’re awesome!