FAU Jupiter Students Give to a Special Family
JUPITER, FL (January 7, 2008) – Students on Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter campus collected new toys and clothes for a family with special-needs children as part of the Lifelong Learning Intergenerational Program.
“We have established a component to the Intergenerational Program in which both the traditional FAU students and the Lifelong Learning Society students work together on a community service project,” said René Friedman, director of the Lifelong Learning Society. “The students decided to collect toys and clothes for a family in need.”
The students in the Intergenerational Program decided at the beginning of the project that instead of collecting gifts for a large organization they wanted to meet a family and personally deliver the presents.
The program chose the Gorenflo Family, which includes seven children. Their parents, Rita and Les, have fostered more than 24 children over the past twelve years and have opened their hearts and home permanently to seven of those children, including Jonathan, Bryan, Megan, Adrienne, Nathaniel, Thomas and Dondre. The children suffer from a variety of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, blindness and delayed development.
“ The time spent with the Gorenflo family was absolutely wonderful and something I'll never forget because they were so kind, genuine and inspiring,” said Rachel Starkings, a student in FAU’s Wilkes Honors College.
In addition to the delivery of the gifts from the students, Rob Thomson, of Charities For Children, also provided five new bikes for the family. “It was extremely kind of Mr. Thomson to deliver the bikes to the children,” said Rita Gorenflo. “They spend every waking moment on them.”
For more information on FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society and the Intergenerational Program, call 561-799-8547.
The Lifelong Learning Society at FAU Jupiter is dedicated to enriching the lives of mature students by offering non-credit, university-level courses that are taught by highly qualified professors and distinguished guest lecturers.