Back to School Bash 2018 at Pendana at West Lakes - Orlando

Back to School Bash at Pendana at West Lakes

Pendana at West Lakes saw its largest turnout at an event so far with more than 120 residents and 15 volunteers in attendance! We were able to give approximately 80 backpacks full of school supplies to children who start the new year on Monday. All of the school-age kids in attendance received a backpack with school supplies.

We were able to give approximately 80 backpacks full of school supplies to children who start the new year on Monday.

One highlight included a child who brought face paint to paint other children’s faces as she’s been learning how to paint faces this summer. Another was when we ran out of dessert and a resident walked up to the event with a huge pan of homemade banana pudding. Lastly, we had a 13-year-old boy say he wanted to man the grill because he has been going to a cooking camp this summer. One resident, Ashley, said she had never been a part of a community that was so involved. So excited to see provision happening and to play a small part in this community!

We are so grateful to all the various partnerships who donated to invest in our kids’ success this school year. To say it was a success and so much fun would be an understatement.

Story Time with Pendana’s Youngest Dreamers

This month we thought it would be perfect to incorporate the Thanksgiving holiday into our story time. We shared some food with the residents, read a few stories, and made some Thanksgiving cards. We had one of highest turn outs for story time yet. Both...

Not-So-Spooky Trunk-or-Treat at Pendana

Pendana had its first ever Trunk or Treat! A Trunk or Treat is where there are a number of cars who host a game and hand out candy to the neighborhood kids. It's an easy way to connect with neighbors and love on the families. We had around 16 decorated...

Story Time As Pendana Children Head Back to School

We always look forward to story time and being able to connect with kids and parents in the neighborhood. This month we had a teacher, Mrs. Jinelle, come and read some of her favorite books to the kids. It was also exciting since she used to teach at...

Financial Workshop for Pendana Residents

We were so excited to continue the second session of our personal finance workshops. Our volunteers from Money Sense with Goodwill focused on spending, saving, and budgeting. We were happy to have participants who came to our first session, return to...

Icees Beat the Heat at Pendana at West Lakes

It was the perfect HOT day for icees by the playground! The sweet cool treat hit the spot for residents. We had traditional flavors like lemon and strawberry but also fun flavors like sour apple and raspberry-lemon. Numerous people came back for seconds...