Homeless Graduating Seniors Against All Odds Celebration 2018

Adopt a Senior Project

Our celebration event involves graduating seniors who are homeless and are in the Polk County School system under the care of the Hearth Project.

This past year there were 119 graduating seniors who were homeless, which we helped through the Polk County Schools Learning Support Division Sunshine Committee. These seniors may not have family members to live with. Some live on their own, in shelters or with friend...they live the best way they can.

They have worked hard and have achieved much in order to graduate on their own.

We have been asked to help again this year with their graduation gifts. This will not be an ordinary gift, but will be one to help them eat, live, and survive day to day.

This year, due to the generosity of the entire community and many donations, we have already been able to purchase all of the personal hygiene items needed for our homeless seniors (such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste)!

Our committee will fill a rolling duffle bag with a basic set of the recommended daily living items, so the students can have what they need as they move from place to place.

*We would like to ask the employees of Polk County Schools and the entire community to help us provide these graduating seniors who are homeless with the following needed items

  • Pocket size first aid kit
  • Pocket size sewing kit
  • Small pocket size flashlight w/batteries
  • Washcloths & Towels
  • Poncho
  • Pod Laundry detergent (Pods only- please)
  • Food/Restaurant gift cards in low denominations ($5, $10, $15)
  • New Twin sheet sets preferably solid colors
  • Monetary donations : Checks payable to Polk County Schools ($100 provides everything including the rolling duffle bag)

Mail all donations to:

Sunshine Committee
Learning Support Division Polk County Schools,
698 Cessna Street
Bartow, Florida 33830

These items will help them  get by, day to day, as they leave the school system and head out on their own...We want to send them off with hope and the knowledge that people in their community care about them...We thank you all,
From Polk County Schools Learning Support Division Sunshine Committee