Uniform Re-sale: For (and Beyond) the JCDS Community
Thank you to all of the volunteers and shoppers who helped make the Uniform Re-sale such a great event! “We sold 640 uniforms total and generated $2,932 for the Parents’ Association and teacher wish lists,” Barbara Groves, the Re-sale committee co-chair, said. “It was nice to meet some of the new parents that have children beginning at JCDS. They were excited and pleased with the sale.” The event will also benefit children in other parts of Jacksonville and beyond.
Unsold uniform items are being donated to charities and schools. Shorts, pants, and skirts will be donated locally, to Jacksonville Refugee Community Services and Cedar Hills Elementary. Jacksonville Refugee Community Services promotes successful refugee resettlement by addressing the social service needs of newly resettled refugees in our city. Cedar Hills Elementary is a Duval County Public School on the Westside.
JCDS parent Karen Schwartz will collect all of the logo-ed and plaid uniforms to donate to the MIMA Foundation. Mrs. Schwartz has been involved with collecting JCDS uniforms and donating them to the MIMA Foundation for the last 10 years. The uniforms are given to the children living in the villages of Uganda and Guatemala. “They are so appreciative of our generous donation each year,” Mrs. Schwartz said.
The MIMA Foundation was started in the late 1990s by a group of South Florida physicians. It is a private nonprofit organization that not only provides medical treatment in various countries but is also involved in helping these villages with basic needs of daily living, such as clean water sources and building structures. A local pediatrician, Dr. Norberto Benitez and his wife, Anna, head-up the Mima Foundation for Uganda, as well as volunteer for many other areas of the foundation.
“When parents act with compassion, it models this behavior for our students,” Head of School Pat Walker said. “Thanks to the Parents’ Association for leading by example!”