Little Cypress Intermediate and Little Cypress Elementary school nurses, Kelly Meadows and Shari Lyons, have announced their Community Resource Walk and Blood Drive will be held on Friday, March 25.

The blood drive, run by LifeShare Blood Center, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and run through 3:30 p.m. The walk portion of the day will begin at 7:45 a.m. when Superintendent, Dr. Pauline Hargrove, will read a proclamation from the Orange County Commissioners, declaring Friday, March 25, Orange County Charity Day, in honor of the Community Resource Walk and Blood Drive. Commissioner David DuBose will present the proclamation to the Commissioner’s Court on Monday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m.

For the past five years, the two schools have held an annual American Diabetes Association Walk and Blood Drive, raising funds and awareness for the ADA, providing students and their families and friends, the opportunity to participate in the educational and fun day. Meadows and Lyons re-evaluated the project and decided this year to include several organizations that provide services to area families and provide an opportunity for families to find out what services are available to them.

Students and staff voted to name seven local organizations which would benefit from funds raised in connection to the Walk. These are: Orange Christian Services, Service League, Little Cypress Lions, Salvation Army, Garth House, Rainbow Room, and the Red Cross.

Students are collecting pledges for the number of laps that they walk and have set goals to raise a minimum of $100. Several classes have already surpassed their goals. They are also collecting items that can be used by the organizations that they are supporting, such as used eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club and stuffed animals for the Garth House.

1,250 participants walked in last year’s walk. The goal this year is to have 1,500 participants and 100 pints of blood.

The elementary students have challenged high school organizations and other school departments to become involved in helping these organizations that LCM families are routinely referred to for assistance.

For additional information, please call Kelly Meadows, RN, at (409) 886-4245 ext. 5 or (409) 920-2560 or Shari Lyons at (409) 886-2838.