May 2014 Newsletter

Serv A Thon 2014

Firewall Centers 2014 Serve A Thon 053On Saturday, May 3rd, Firewall Students along with their Firewall mentors, Regent Bank volunteers, and other community leaders worked hard as they served at the Davie Fire Station, planted trees at the Davie Police Station, landscaped public spaces, painted at the Davie Rodeo Grounds, cleaned up and beautified Pompano Beach Middle School by mulching, planting trees and flowers, as well as served food to the homeless in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.  Firewall Centers hosted its Serve-A-Thon event, a hands-on opportunity for students to learn the value of giving back while making a lasting difference in their neighborhoods. Thanks to a $15,000 match together with the support of Regent Bank and many generous Firewall Friends, we were able to raise over $50,000 that will allow us to continue to transform the lives of more at-risk youth every day.

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“it was powerful to see students that come from poverty and difficult circumstances not only enthusiastically give of themselves, but also raise money to support Firewall. This event truly taught them what servant leadership is all about.” This mindset was echoed by students like Astrel from Pompano Beach Middle School who says that “serving made me feel like a true leader.”

Andy Fernandez; Firewall Executive Director

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The lesson of the day was that serving is great for everyone involved! Santina from Plantation Middle School expressed that  “It made my day. I felt good, and it’s been a while since I have felt that way!”  Indian Ridge Middle School student Nate, who planted trees and bushes at the Davie Town Hall, says that his favorite part about serving “was the feeling I got after having a part in making something beautiful. I take for granted all of the hard work that goes into all the things around me.”

We want to thank Regent Bank for being headline sponsor of our Serve-A-Thon. Their employees were a huge help in serving side-by-side with our students! We also want to thank other sponsors who helped make Firewall’s Serve-A-Thon an incredible success: the Town of Davie, Pompano Beach Middle School, Whole Foods Coral Springs and Plantation, McDonald’s on Hiatus Rd., Enova Transportation Network, and Hope South Florida. It was a proud day for our community to see so many people of different ages and backgrounds come together to serve and give back to our neighborhoods. Firewall student Arianna speaks for everyone when she says that by serving, “I felt like I could make a change in the world.”



Thank you to all of our corporate sponsors:

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