Thirteen of Foster Elementary first-graders were welcomed into the Friends of the Children Tampa Bay's mentoring program. Children were selected by who could most benefit from a relationship with a long-term professional mentor.
Like all children, the youth the non-profit serves have unique talents, varied interests, and big dreams. They partner with community organizations, schools, and foster care systems to help identify children ages 4 to 6 who could most benefit from a relationship with a Friend.
The non-profits members were joined by Hillsborough County teachers and volunteers and formed a parade to visit each of the 13 students at their home. The students were surprised to find a backpack full of materials needed for school, a care package for their parents, and a shiny new bike for themselves.
When asked if they were happier to see the bike or their teacher from school it was a resounding, "Our teacher!" from them all.
We are thankful for partnerships like this one with Friends of the Children Tampa Bay. It makes all the difference to each of these students.