PALM BAY, Florida – The students of Palm Bay Elementary will soon face off against the employees and residents of The Fountains of Melbourne, a Kisco Senior Living community, for their annual kickball game on the elementary school’s renovated field (1200 Allamanda Road, N.E.).
In preparation for the kickball game, associates from The Fountains will prepare the field on Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. to make sure everything is ready for the big game. Volunteers will spend the morning weeding, setting up the pitcher’s mound, hanging sponsorship banners and dumping a truckload of clay for the field. Then on Friday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m., the games will commence as guests in the crowd cheer for those on the field.
For the last four years, The Fountains of Melbourne, a Kisco Senior Living community, has worked side by side with Palm Bay Elementary to ensure local students have access to the materials they need to be successful.
“It’s been a privilege for us to have the opportunity to build this relationship with Palm Bay Elementary,” said Sandra Garutti, executive director of The Fountains of Melbourne. “This partnership has provided all of us an opportunity to give back and come together, and that has made a tremendous impact on the local community. When we began this partnership, we knew there was an overwhelming need for these students and we wanted to do anything we could to help. We’ve been lucky to engage with Palm Bay in a way that ensures we’ve all benefitted, and we look forward to seeing what we are able to accomplish in the future.”
The annual kickball game is particularly meaningful to all involved, as the field was in disrepair before The Fountains rolled up their sleeves and started renovating.
The project was a shoot-for-the-stars dream for the school that became a reality, allowing for students access to a safe place where they can play and have fun. This unique partnership has brought the senior living community and school together in hopes of strengthening the greater community and helping one another in times of need.
As part of the collaboration, The Fountains organized a number of initiatives to benefit the school, including school supply drives, teacher appreciation events, guest speakers and renovating Palm Bay’s softball and kickball field. In turn, Palm Bay students have visited residents at The Fountains for a variety of intergenerational activities.
The senior living community’s dedication to supporting the school has been so vital, they have even presented an award from the school district for their efforts.
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