Gerald Ricke, Director of Bands
address: 18725 Bates Avenue, Eustis, FL 32736
phone: 352-357-6220

Monday, December 23, 2013

What were The Eustis Mustang Band Members doing for their community this December?

Seanna Pickens 6th grade Jazz Band
   Tis' the Season to give. But give what? Items? The Mustangs say give a little time to your community. This is Seanna Pickens and she responded for Community Service during November. Seanna spent her time at Deliver the Difference located on Kurt Street.Deliver The Difference provided Thanksgiving meals for over 1,000 of our residents.  

     Right now there are over 2500 homeless children right here in Lake County. There are thousands of families in this area who will not experience the joy and comfort of a holiday meal. Sure, they're grateful for the things that really matter, as we all are, like health and close friends and family. But we all know what it can mean to be able to sit down together and share a meal and fellowship with those we love.

Kirk Simpson 8th Grade Jazz & Steel Drum Band

Kirk Simpson spent a day at Eustis Heights Elementary with some other Christmas Characters. Kirk was a Christmas elf who helped hand out brand new books to all the children there. Many children in our community are from families who are struggling so anytime a new book can be read by a child it brings imagination, creativity and knowledge. Many years ago, when Wendy Simpson asked a child at Eustis Heights what he was going to ask Santa for at Christmas time, he said, "I would love a book of my very own." That day, with Lee Ann Whipple they decided to start a program called "Reading With Santa". Thank you to the PTO for carrying on the tradition.

The entire month of December The Eustis Middle School band students held a food drive.
The Broker Family, The stacks Family and The Purvee Family
The only goal was to put food on the empty shelves of a food bank right here in their community. With 61 percent of our student body on free lunch The Mustang Caring For School And Community Program wants to help their community now, but it has a goal of getting more children participating in the band, therefore raising higher education degrees and bringing back this group of children into our town adding income to our local's future economy. "It takes a community to take care of a community" Cherrice Purvee, The Eustis Mustang Music Association President says. "And that is why we the association supports all these children for giving back". As Diane Popieski from Hearts and Hands says "volunteering a few hours here is a great way to earn community service hours". But this food drive came from the heart straight to Hearts and Hands. Hearts and Hands is located on Bay Street in Eustis and is an easy place to donate food or items for their variety store.

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