Members of the Douglas Elks Lodge were back at Faras Elementary School in Pirtleville on Aug. 28 making another donation to the school.
Several weeks prior the Douglas Elks had been at the school dropping off school supplies for both students and teachers.
This donation consisted of 12 education Lego kits students at the school will be able to use for classroom projects.
"We are so happy and excited to add to our Lego Education Program at Faras,” said principal Fernando Morales. “The Douglas Elk’s has been a great supporter of Faras Elementary, and we are truly grateful for all the wonderful donations they have continued to make to our school this year.”
Morales said his school started its Lego Education Program last year focusing on third to fifth grade students. “Because of the Elk’s donation, they have helped us extend the program to our kindergarten to second grade students,” he said. “They are truly helping and providing some great educational experiences that reinforce S.T.E.A.M. Concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) to our students. It has taken a team to launch this program and bring it to fruition, and we have had tremendous support from the ELKs, District IT Department and Faras staff.”
Morales stated the Douglas Elks have played a huge part in the development of this program.
“We are very grateful of their continual support and keeping our students in mind," he said.
Frank Molina of the Douglas Elks was one of the individuals who led the project.
Molina told the Douglas Dispatch the total donation was valued at around $2,000.
“We were happy we were able to do this,” he said. “Our Elks Lodge members have become really involved and want to help the community. … We’ve made donations before but never to this extent or this amount.”
Molina said in doing his pre donation research on the kits he found himself being very impressed by all that the kits entailed.
Molina added the Douglas Elks has other donation projects in the works and should be making a couple more donations to various groups within the community in the near future.