Letter from the Executive Director of Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, Jamie L. Serino, MSM/MBA
Dear Take Stock in Children Family,
It is no small feat to produce an event like the Annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast - and so many people made it possible! On behalf of the entire Take Stock in Children, Manatee family, I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all that attended, sponsored, participated and supported our organization, mentors and scholars.
It takes many caring and hardworking individuals to ensure our scholarship and mentoring programs perform at the highest level in order to support and provide the best services to our scholars. It is friends like you that make what we do possible. Thank you for your generosity and hearts!
We have much to celebrate! We exceeded our goal for this event by $17,000 for a total of $167,000; this is $44,000 more than last year. This community has a great spirit to help our children and you continue to inspire us to enhance what we do and form more strategic partnerships to serve more children.
We do have more to do but we cannot lose sight of the fact that Take Stock in Children, Manatee has been extremely successful with wonderful individuals involved in every facet of the program both present and past…from current and past Board and Community Council members to current and past staff team members...from current and past mentors, to sponsors and supporters..., and of course the incredible scholars that we have the honor to serve every day. Our statistics speak for themselves and everyone who has ever touched this program; we are truly grateful for your contributions of time, talent and treasure.
We are changing lives and futures! You can be proud of the organization you support:
- 503 scholarships awarded since inception in 1996
- 165 students in 6 to 12 grade
- 181 students currently enrolled in post–secondary education
- 165 middle and high school mentors
- 20 college mentors currently engaged and
- 100% high school graduation success rate in Manatee County!
Now that’s Take Stock in Children of Manatee County and those statistics are impressive - thanks to all of you!
We are close to our goal but we still have more to do. What we achieved at this year’s breakfast will go a long way towards reaching our $370,000 goal by April 23rd for future scholarships. Only $203,000 to go and I have all the faith in this community that you will help us reach our goal and change the lives of more children in Manatee County. With our 5K / 10K race just around the corner on Sunday, March 4th, we will have another opportunity to work together and move one step closer to reaching our goal. I have my running shoes on – we hope to see you all there!
Thank you again for all that you do for our scholars, and we are grateful that you are part of the Take Stock family!
All my best,