CFFK Grants $20,000 To Aid Keys Students In Need

(Back row, left to right) CFFK President and CEO Jennifer McComb; CFFK Grants Committee Chair Greg Oropeza; Poinciana Elementary Principal Dr. Larry Schmiegel; Superintendent of Schools Theresa Axford; (Front row) Students from Poinciana Elementary: Tessa, Eric, Alansha, Andreea, and Sophia.

CFFK granted $20,000 to give assistance to elementary and middle school students in need throughout the Keys whose families continue to be economically affected by COVID-19. The grants were awarded to eight Keys schools and will supply essential items, supplies, and holiday gifts for young students at risk.

The appropriations are from the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund and are part of $1.3 million in ongoing support provided by CFFK and its donors this year to Keys nonprofits for food, supplies, housing assistance, and other programs and services for families, children, seniors, service workers, and others.

“In these times of such significant needs that we see every day throughout our schools, the Monroe County School District is very happy to accept these generous grants from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys,” said Theresa Axford, Superintendent of Monroe County Schools. “They will make the holidays brighter for our students and families who most need support in all of our Elementary and K-8 schools.”

The eight schools receiving $2,500 each are:

  • Gerald Adams Elementary School, Stock Island
  • Horace O’Bryant School, Key West
  • Key Largo School, Upper Keys
  • Plantation Key School, Upper Keys
  • Poinciana Elementary School, Key West
  • Stanley Switlik Elementary School, Middle Keys
  • Sugarloaf School, Lower Keys
  • The Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Key West

CFFK President and CEO Jennifer McComb; CFFK Grant Committee Chair Greg Oropeza; and Basilica School Principal Robert Wright

“The Community Foundation is pleased we are able to continue to help our Keys residents in most need, especially some of our most vulnerable, including children,” said Jennifer McComb, President and CEO of CFFK. “We are continuing to provide aid for some of the greatest unmet needs in our community, and thanks to generous donors, we are doing what we can to help.”

Donations to the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund at CFFK are still needed to meet the ongoing demand for assistance. Contributions can be made here or by calling 305-292-1502. CFFK is distributing 100 percent of funds raised and will make grants to nonprofits from the fund as long as donations are received.

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