The Building Excellence Foundation (BEF) recently joined in awarding parents and students who attend one of our partnered schools in the Tampa Bay area. At BEF, we were honored to support one of our school recipients from our initiative in 2021 where we fundraised within our convenience stores to supply students’ tablets, teachers’ funds to redecorate their classrooms, and schools a donation (read more on our initiative here.) So, when we were presented with the opportunity to be a part of the school’s community in another way, we were more than happy to participate.
September is Attendance Awareness Month and being at school every day on time is important to children’s academic success. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year, or about two days a month, negatively affects a student’s learning. As part of Attendance Awareness Month, this school awarded the students each week of September coining them, H.E.R.O.’s: Here, Everyday, Right, On Time
With McDonald’s awarding the student’s timely manner, BEF was tasked with awarding the parents their own prize because we know it takes a village to raise a child and getting to school on time requires commitment and responsibility from the guardians. We wanted the prizes to impact students’ view on learning and how it can be an enjoyable experience for the whole family, so we presented the parents with a family pack of tickets to the Glazer Children’s Museum. The museum is a place where our foundation’s values are depicted through its interactive laboratory where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders. After a day of exploring and discovering, families can venture into Downtown Tampa’s rich history and its wide array of restaurants.