Angels Undercover (AUC) in partnership with other local organizations including the Naples Children & Education Foundation, provided children with back-to-school shirts and shorts (school uniforms) at the Friends of Foster Children‘s Second Annual Back to School Fair held Saturday, August 1 at the Golden Gate Community Center. AUC presented three shirts and three pair of shorts to elementary foster children in preparation for the upcoming school year.
Through coordinating organizations including the Naples Children & Education Foundation, Jane Billings, FFC’s executive director said, “They reached children and caregivers directly.” In so doing 175 children were registered for Saturday’s fair and they estimated 400 people including caregivers attended.
In addition to Angels Undercover clothing, the foster children and their caregivers were able to receive items and services from other organizations including Laces for Love, the Collier County Bar Association, Bedtime Bundles, Runway International, Scholastic and Florida’s Vision Quest. Also, there were booths for the children to sign-up for after-school programs.
Students receiving clothing will be attending elementary school in the Collier County Public School System. AUC currently provides school uniforms to 22 elementary schools in Collier County.
Christa Crehan, principal of Lely Elementary School, who volunteered to work the event stated, “Angels Undercover provides an invaluable service, which allows children to attend school with their self-esteem intact.” Other volunteers for the event were AUC board members, CCPS administrators, counselors and staff, student volunteers and parents.
1: Janet Boe, AUC Board Member and Oakridge Middle School Counselor; Katey McCauley, Auburn Univesity graduate student; Christa Crehan, Lely Elementary Principal, and Jackie Bennett
2: Sherry Whalen, AUC Board Member; Jane Billings, Executive Director of Friends of Foster Children; Jackie Bennett, and Janet Boe
3: Tara Bieling Event Coordinator with Jackie Bennett
4: Janet Boe and cutie