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A busy summer [and a busy year] comes to a close…

Thumbs up for Bayshore Pointe!

It was a busy summer for the GET REAL Involved! crew.  We visited with residents of Bayshore Pointe Nursing Home in June, cleaned up Gandy Beach after a busy July 4th weekend, and spent the morning helping out at Metropolitan Ministries in August.   We also said a little “Thank You” to Hyde Park United Methodist for all their support by helping to landscape their grounds.   There are great photos on our Facebook Fan Page.  In all we had 42 students and 7 adults who contributed over 200 hours of service this summer!  It was the capper to a great year for GET REAL Involved!

At the beginning of the last school year we had a goal to get even more involved.  To date GET REAL Involved! has served over 1,800 man hours in the community, over half of it in the past year alone.  We launched a dedicated website at www.getrealinvolved.org, formed a Facebook Fan Page, started this blog, and got involved with the Twitter craze!  It was a busy and productive year.

Students clean up Gandy Beach

Students clean up Gandy Beach

And we look forward to 2009-10 with equal enthusiasm.  We are making even more inroads with Hillsborough County Schools to raise awareness of GET REAL Involved! and the opportunity we present for students throughout the county to earn their service hours and GET REAL Involved! in their community.    We hope to see even more new faces this coming year through the additional exposure within schools.

In 2009-10 we will answer Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to service on his birthday in January by returning to Steppin’ Stone Farm.  We will also once again take part in Global Youth Service Day April 2010.  Other trips on the agenda include another Coastal Clean Up, Open Arms Ministry and of course, Metropolitan Ministries.   The full schedule is located on the website.

Coming up next is our quarterly trip to Steppin’ Stone Farm.  This is one of our more popular trips (perhaps its the lunch they serve us!!!), or more likely getting to hang out with the great gals from the Farm.   Whatever it is, the trip fills up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot!

Here’s to the beginning of a new school year, and engaging even more students in community service.  2009-10 will be the year to GET REAL Involved!

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Hudson Manors

Well, 22 of us headed to Davis Islands and spent the morning with the residents of Hudson Manors Assisted Living Facility. We played Bingo and gave the residents manicures as well as just sitting and visiting. We met one woman who was 101 years old! She was a great lady and her room was filled with photos of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and GREAT-GREAT-grandchildren!

We took some residents for a walk around the island, getting them out for fresh air and some great sunshine. It was a terrific day. The stories we got to hear and share with the residents will last us for a long time.

Next stop: Open Arms on November 23rd at Hyde Park UMC where we’ll help serve as many as 125 homeless folks breakfast. The opportunity to serve in the community is an enriching one for all the students, who get to share time with their friends while making a difference in the community. It really is great to GET REAL Involved!

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