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New Leaf Market and Oak Ridge Elementary: Community Partners

New Leaf Market E-newsletter August 20, 2012

By Sandy Beck

School supplies donated by New Leaf Market employees

The Co-op and local schools both share a commitment for preparing students to become adults who are happy, educated and productive members of our community. And both strive to accomplish more with fewer resources. This is why New Leaf Market works closely with Oak Ridge Elementary School in Tallahassee as its Community Partner.

Oak Ridge Principal Taka Mays said this partnership is invaluable, because without it the school would not be able to meet their needs.

During the 2010-2011 school year, New Leaf Market held a wine tasting at the store. Proceeds from the ticket sales—more than $1,000—were donated to Oak Ridge and used for student materials. Last year, New Leaf Market employees helped with a school supply drive and donated hundreds of dollars of school supplies at the beginning of the year.

Ms. Mays said, “Aside from the financial and physical donations that have been given over the past few years, New Leaf Market has always had a presence on our campus in the form of volunteers. We can always count on New Leaf to send out eager, friendly folks to help with school events.”

When asked how New Leaf staff and owners can help out this year, she said, “We can always use extra volunteers during school wide events.”

If you would like to volunteer at Oak Ridge this year, they would greatly appreciate help at their Winter Carnival on December 7 and during report card pick up nights and PTO General Meetings.

“Volunteers are invaluable to us in making sure these events go off without a hitch by manning booths, acting as runners, setting up and cleaning up,” Ms. Mays added.

Check out the Oak Ridge School calendar for the dates of these events and then call the school at 488-3124. If you are interested in student mentoring, tutoring or other volunteer opportunities, email Ms. Taka Mays at mayst@leonschools.net.

New Leaf Market and its owners can make a difference for children and staff at Oak Ridge this year.

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