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Food Brings Hope sponsored several educational programs in May for elementary school students in Volusia County, which included a field trip to Stetson University by Starke Elementary, a Money Smart Banking program at Pierson Elementary and Sports/Nutrition day at Westside Elementary.
Local businesswoman Forough B. Hosseini, founder and chairwoman of Food Brings Hope, said, "One of the key objectives of Food Brings Hope is to provide diverse cultural and instructional programs to students who may not otherwise be exposed to them. The month of May is representative of the work we do throughout the year. It is our hope that by offering these opportunities to kids early in their lives, we can help them achieve success as they become adults."
Food Brings Hope and Stetson University supported a trip to the Gillespie Museum by Starke's S.T.A.R.S. (Students Turning Around and Reaching For Success) program. The field trip included a tour of Stetson's earth science building and native plant landscape.
Eleven Pierson Elementary students graduated from the Money Smart Banking Program on May 1. Money Smart Banking is an interactive banking program presented by the United Way's Campaign for Working Families. It is designed to teach students how to budget, the importance of saving, how to use bank services to protect money, and how to be a smart shopper. A key message students learned was "needs vs. wants." Wells Fargo Bank provided financial experts to lead the classes. Upon graduation, the students received gift cards, a piggy bank for savings and a pizza lunch.
"We are incredibly grateful for the time, knowledge and generous gifts offered as part of the Money Smart Banking program," said Laura Hemmingway, teacher of the participating students. "The students have gained such a valuable life lesson."