Sharon Sanders, Principal of Windy Hill Elementary School, a Title 1 school, has a passion for teaching kids literacy and reading. But when your students are facing challenges like hunger and homelessness, Sharon realized that in order for them to learn, she would first need to embrace their families and find way to help meet their very critical, basic needs.
Under her leadership, community partners have been mobilized to provide assistance. Cross Road Church helped establish a food pantry that provides food for 40 – 50 families every two weeks and a fund to ensure that all children receive a hot breakfast and lunch each day. They also provide holiday meals, hold coat drives and more for the students and their families.
Deutsche Bank planted 45 trees on campus to help teach the students to take care of their environment. After hearing about their focus on literacy, The ACOSTA Group donated classroom libraries to Windy Hill. These and many other partnerships paid off big when Windy Hill received an “A” for the first time this year from Florida’s Department of Education.
For acting on her compassion and going the distance to help kids succeed, Sharon Sanders will receive the Literacy Matters Award at tonight’s Celebrate!GOOD.