Roots And Wings Nonprofit Update

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Staff report

Roots and Wings, a Delray-based nonprofit, expanded its reach to include middle and high schools as well as elementary schools in the city.

The group surprises deserving teachers with gift cards of $100. Half goes toward purchasing school supplies and the rest for an “award” meal. School support staff can also receive a $50 gift card for a meal. Total 144 teachers and 27 staff received “Above and Beyond Awards” in 2017.

Over the summer, the nonprofit donated $10,000 to the Achievement Center to provide scholarships to children who would otherwise not have been able to attend the Summer Program at Pine Grove.

An initiative, Project Uplift Program, was recently launched to help Pine Grove Elementary students with reading comprehension. Three afternoons a week 30 students work with four teachers.