Apollo Beach Elementary School student Moya Pfau-Baker , 6, spends time on the computer inside the school's media center.

As part of its “Give Back to School” Program, Westfield Shopping Centers and the Westfield Family program announced last month,  Apollo Beach Elementary School as the winner of receiving a $2,500 donation to be used for school projects.
While the school was pleased with the donation it is just one of many recipients and will support such school programs as arts and music, sciences, physical education, libraries and technology resources.
It is noteworthy that Apollo Beach Elementary was actually chosen by Westfield shoppers themselves as families “voted” in-center and online to choose the school as the winner, with library and technology as the suggested area for the funds.
During the “Give Back to School” Program, shoppers also showed their generosity by donating school supplies and backpacks to Kiwanis.
Thankful for the donation, school Principal Jaime Gerding did not hesitate to share her thoughts of appreciation, as well as how the money will be used.
“We were thrilled to hear that our school was awarded $2,500 from Westfield Mall,” Gerding said. “We plan to use the money to buy technology for the classrooms and know that the more interactive and engaging we can make our teaching, the more students will learn. We can’t thank Westfield enough for being so generous and for supporting local schools.”
Also proud of the school PTA, Gerding praised its support and work to help raise money to meet the goals each year.
“When they heard about this opportunity, they wanted to win the money for our students,” Gerding said.
Westfield Vice President of Marketing Kirk Thompson emphasized that he is proud of the outcome of the inaugural “Give Back to School” program, which he said saw thousands of dollars donated to schools, as well as school supplies donated to local organizations that support kids and families.
“We consider ourselves an integral part of our local communities, just like the families that shop with us, and are thrilled to be able to do our part to give back,” Thompson said.
Details about the Westfield “Give Back to School” program can be found on www.westfield.com.brandon

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