“Baskets of Love”~ A Goodwill Community Project

Dear Parents:    

Each year at Bentley Elementary, we strive to emphasize the importance of community service with our students.  In the past, we have participated in both animal shelter and canned food drives.  We have enjoyed watching the children develop a spirit of goodwill and generosity through these projects and wish to continue such development during this current school year.

The concept of the “Baskets of Love” project is simple.  Each class will work together to fill a basket with all of the “ingredients” needed for a special dinner, including a gift certificate to a local grocery store to purchase a turkey, roast, or ham.  Starting Monday Feb. 1 through Friday Feb. 12th, each class will collect the non-perishable canned and boxed goods they have volunteered to bring in. Attached here, you will find a copy of this sheet so you can create a reminder listing the item(s) your child has selected.  At the same time, each student will be asked to work at home doing chores in order to earn a dollar to be donated to the class collection jar. The money collected by the class will be converted into a gift certificate to a major grocery chain, which will be included with the basket of food.  In order to reinforce the principle of giving of oneself in an effort to help another, we recommend that each child work to do extra chores at home to earn his/her dollar rather than simply asking you for the money.  This will help the service project to be even more meaningful for your son/daughter.

We are very excited about this service project and hope it will be a growing experience for all of our Bentley students.  Please note that participation in this project is voluntary.  However, all donations are greatly appreciated.  This is an amazing way for the students to work together as a class to serve others! In coordination with Bentley’s guidance department, nearly 50 needy families in the Seminole County area will receive a loving care package from our students and their families!  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE EXTRA FOOD above and beyond the class donation, there will be a food collection bin in the front lobby of main building for you to donate additional items.  This food will help feed our students weekly who are a part of the Bentley Buddy Bags Food Program.

Thank you in advance for your support! We could not reach out to so many needy families in our community without your care and generosity! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Fink.

With much appreciation,
Mrs. Sandy Fink, Baskets of Love Chair


“Bentley Brains at Work”
(Our Math, Science, Technology and Innovation Showcase)
Friday, March 4th 6-8pm

Come see the individual creative minds of our 2nd through 5th grade students. Also, for the first time, some of our K-1 classes will be presenting class projects. Mark your calendars now, because you won’t want to miss the Orlando Science Center presenting "Kaboom," an entertaining show on the States of Matter.

Doors will open at 5:45pm with the show starting at 6pm. The show is approximately 30-45 minutes in length. Families will then have an opportunity to walk around and view projects.

Final applications go home Monday, February 1st with a deadline date of February 12th. Extra credit (one assessment grade in the subject area chosen on the application) will be given to participants once the project is completed and turned in. Projects are to be dropped off during school hours on Wednesday, March 2nd or Thursday, March 3rd

Any questions can be addressed to Dr. Grimm. Please note that due to space, we are asking that NO STROLLERS be utilized during the evening.