The Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy (http://www.goodwilllifeacademy.org) is a Lee County charter school for middle and high school students with developmental disabilities. The school is a program of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. (http://www.goodwillswfl.org).
The students started collecting pet supplies and food at Thanksgiving. L.I.F.E. Academy principal Lynn Pottorf estimates that the 300-plus pounds raised this year is at least double the amount collected in 2009.
This is the second year that the students have collected donations for ARC. Principal Pottorf explains, “Our students decided to do this last year because it was cold outside and they’d learned about homeless animals.” Pottorf adds, “Community involvement and volunteering are also part of our curriculum. They’re learning how everyone in the community works together to make things happen.”
On their educational trip to ARC, the students toured the facility, interacting with staff and displaced animals. They learned about pet overpopulation as well as the importance of donations and volunteers. ARC volunteer coordinator Lisa Morris also introduced the students to Princess, a rescued terrier who has become a goodwill ambassador for the animal shelter.
For more information, including enrollment at the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy, please contact the school at (239) 334-4434 or visit the school's website at http://www.goodwilllifeacademy.org.
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The Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy is a tuition-free Lee County (Florida) Charter School for middle and high school-age students with developmental disabilities. L.I.F.E. Academy curriculum focuses on life skills, vocational training, and functional academics.