Creating New Traditions

As one of LIFT Orlando’s most valuable partners, Florida Citrus Sports (FCS) is helping to engage our residents and the greater community by creating relationships and new traditions. It’s due to our partnership with FCS that we’re able to expand our reach further, and in more impactful ways than we imagined.

Partnership with Florida Citrus Sports helps to create new traditions for Central Florida’s future.

This month, FCS led several initiatives designed to support our shared goals and create a sense of community and building the neighborhood, in more ways than one. As a part of the College Football Playoff Foundation and their Extra Yard for Teachers Initiatives, eight local teachers were recognized on the field during the first quarter of the Camping World Kickoff game on Labor Day for their efforts and dedication to the children of the West Lakes community, future home of Pendana at West Lakes. These teachers included Toshia Blake and Sarah Lander from Orange Center Elementary, Sheena Garth-Clayton and Kristyn Newman from Legends Academy, Linda Benett and Jessica Thompson from Frontline Outreach, and William Bolt and Jessica Clark from Jones High School.

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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...