Gadsden County Schools Give to Hospice

By: Lanetra Bennett
May 14, 2014

Quincy, FL - Students, teachers, faculty, and staff open their hearts and their wallets to help area families dealing with losing a loved one. They had very little time to make a big difference.

The cash and checks may not fill the tin tub used to collect the donations, but, the extra space is filled with love.

"It feels really great to know that our children are learning the power of giving back." Says, the spokesperson for Gadsden County Schools, Shaia Simmons.

Gadsden County Schools presented Big Bend Hospice of Quincy with all of the money in the tub Wednesday morning. The total was $1,200 and the schools raised the money in only two days.

Simmons says, "To know that they understand the power of a quality education, but, also the power of giving. It feels really amazing and we're happy to do that in Gadsden County Schools."

Big Bend Hospice provides health care, compassion, and comfort to people with a limited life expectancy. Vicki Muse Johnson, an advisory council member, says, "You don't do it alone. Big Bend Hospice is there with it's clergy, the ministers, counseling, praying with the patient as well as the family members. you have the nurses that you have access to 24 hours working as a liaison."

Big Bend Hospice says 30 percent of its programs, including music therapy, are funded primarily through community support.

Sherry Taylor with the district says the school district raised $2,800 to $2,900 last year. She says while the amount dropped this year, every dollar helps.

She says, "Do all you can, wherever you can just to help out the Big Bend Hospice program because it's a very important program."

Taylor says they will start the campaign sooner next year. She says the goal will be to raise $5,000. She admits it's a very ambitious goal, but, says she believes with the teamwork of the entire district, they can pull it off.

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