Spare Change Makes a Big Impact for Children Attending Orange County Public Schools
Hello! Florida and Talk of the Town Restaurant Group (TOTT) recently partnered for the “Round Up for Charity” program, which raised much-needed funds for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) children and the Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund (“Field Trip Fund”). The Field Trip Fund allows OCPS children who are experiencing poverty or homelessness to attend Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focused field trips at no cost.
Throughout the month of August 2019, guests at TOTT restaurants were invited to donate by rounding up their check to the nearest dollar. Thanks to the support of the local community, the benefit raised over $31,000 to help classroom content become more relevant and meaningful for low-income OCPS children. The support couldn’t have come at a better time. In 2018:
- Over 148,000 OCPS students (71%) were on Free and Reduced Lunch programs
- 7,415 students were considered to be homeless
- 109 schools received Title I funding (financial assistance from the government for schools with high percentages of children from low-income families)
Founded by Hello! Florida Director of Special Accounts Shannon Orme in 2014, the Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund has raised nearly $90,000 and sent over 10,000 OCPS children on fun, educational school field trips that they otherwise would not have been able to afford. Want even more good news? The Field Trip Fund is an ongoing program that you can help! For more information or to find out how you can support its mission during your next program, please contact Shannon Orme at 321.229.1269 or