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Pine Island Elementary Principal Dr. Tom Millins, far right, with school staff and island firefighters at the school with equipment and donations and gifts for students. Photo provided

Pine Island Elementary has been through many challenges in the past three years, but continues to do so “Shine” in so many ways. Over the past three months PIE has enlisted a large number of local, regional and national communities to help support the school’s students. Some examples include Suwannee Springcrest Elementary located in Live Oak, Florida, which held a toy drive and donated over 1,000 toys to PIE students.

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The Sacks of Hope organization also supported the PIE Holiday Giving Tree and gave all the Giving Tree holiday gifts along with some staff members and friends.

Yorktown Elementary In Yorktown, Indiana, students, staff and families held a fundraiser in October and donated all proceeds to families at Pine Island Elementary. The fundraiser was able to raise $3,900 for the students at PIE. They wanted to help local students recover after Hurricane Ian had such a profound effect on the community.

City First Church in Cape Coral unloaded hundreds of additional gifts that were placed in brown bags and distributed to students. Other organizations such as Beacon of Hope, Bobby Holloway Jr. Foundation, Matlacha Hookers, VFW and Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island have also provided assistance to our students.

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In addition, many individual donors on Pine Island and across the country came to the school to provide some assistance. Principal Dr. Tom Millins stated that his school was overwhelmed by the amount of support the school received from so many groups of people. He said that in his 25 years in the Lee County School District, he had never seen such support come into a school.

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Millins and his staff, including front office staff Mandy Nelson, Shannon Schell, Amy Williamson and Lynn Newman, and many volunteers spent countless hours organizing all of these various initiatives. This group of people not only worked on “Gift” initiative, but has worked with so many islands and local organizations to help support island families.

Also, a huge thank you to the Pine Island Fire Department who helped distribute gifts to the PIE families during the parent gathering together with volunteers.

PIE is grateful for this support and wishes everyone a Happy New Year!


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