Hello! Destination Management supports teachers’ efforts to broaden the educational experience for all children. The Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund, founded by Director of Special Accounts Shannon Orme, is an ongoing program that enables Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) children who are experiencing poverty or homelessness to attend STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused field trips at no cost.

We recently partnered with Talk of the Town Restaurant Group for our annual benefit to raise money for the Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund. During the month of August 2018, restaurant guests were invited to round up their check to the nearest dollar to help the cause. Thanks to the support of the local community, the benefit raised over $18,300 to help classroom content become more relevant and meaningful for low-income OCPS children…an unprecedented amount and a 45% increase over the amount raised in 2017!

In the past three years the Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund has been able to send nearly 2,000 local children on fun, educational school field trips that they would not otherwise be able to afford. The funds raised from this year alone will help an estimated 900 children attend these STEM-based field trips.

For more information about the Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund or to find out how you can support its mission, please contact Shannon Orme at 321.229.1269 or sorme@hello-dmc.com.