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Sarasota News Leader November 9, 2012 plies — including such basic items as paper, pencils and backpacks — to students in need at the start of the school year. Altogether, 1,489 backpacks and other much-needed gear were donated, with a total value approaching $150,000. Among the groups recognized were Abundant Life Church; APAC Construction; Banana Re- public; Sarasota Rotary; Christ United Church; Church of the Palms; Church of the Trinity; Costco; Florida Department of Revenue; Is- lamic Society of Sarasota Bradenton; Publix; Sarasota Architectural Salvage; Siesta Key Chapel; St. Mark's, St Patrick's and Saint Paul churches; the Venice Moose Lodge; Walmart and the Sarasota Family YMCA. One individual singled out for praise was Pine View School 10th-grader James Niffenegger. "It all started when I was helping with the school supplies sale at Pine View," he said, "and I asked what they would do with the ex- tra supplies. [The materials] couldn't be given Page 53 away, so I decided to do [something] on my own." "The principal and teachers at Alta Vista [El- ementary School] were really thankful. It felt really good," he added. James told the School Board he wants to do- nate supplies again next year. Anyone who would like to help or contribute may reach him at School Board member Shirley Brown added that people also may contribute to his or other causes through the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. "It's a tax-exempt organization, and you can specify for your donation to go to James' proj- ect if you want," Brown said. "This should be a source of tremendous pride to all who donated and to the entire commu- nity," said Zucker. Individuals and representatives of local organizations receive thanks from the School Board during the Nov. 6 meeting. Photo by Scott Proffitt

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