Vineland Elementary organizes formal wear clothing drive

ROTONDA WEST — Vineland Elementary School is organizing a formal clothing drive for their graduating fifth-graders.

“So far we have a few dresses in,” said Dawn Stephens, Vineland Elementary parent volunteer coordinator. “It’s just a few things.”

Vineland is now accepting formal footwear as donations. The school will offer gift cards to Bealls Outlet and Wal-Mart if they wish to shop for their kids. Acceptable formal wear must be within the school’s dress code policy.

“We don’t want parents to drive too far,” said Adrienne McElroy, assistant principal at Vineland.

Vineland has 125 graduating students with 50 percent expected to take part in the program, McElroy said.

“We’re taking donations of sizes 8-12,” she said. Vineland will be taking donations until Thursday with graduation the following day. For more information, call 941-697-6600.



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Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News,, and Tampa Tribune.
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