Via the Orlando Magic:
Orlando Magic All-Star Dwight Howard will visit Lake Como Elementary School (901 S. Bumby Ave., Orlando, 32806) on Thursday, February 10 at 12:45 p.m. to surprise the students with news that he is the “Superman” behind their Blessings in a Backpack program. Along with Howard, the students will receive visits from STUFF the Magic Mascot and the Magic Dancers.
Howard, school staff and Magic volunteers have made Blessings in a Backpack a big success at Lake Como and Kaley Elementary. The Blessings in a Backpack program is designed to provide food and nutrition to children on weekends when school is not in session so come Monday they return ready to learn. After meeting the students, Howard and Magic volunteers will fill backpacks to go home with hundreds of students for the weekend.
“Studies show that children who do not have enough to eat have a difficult time staying focused,” said Magic Vice President of Community Relations/Government Affairs Linda Landman Gonzalez. “Thanks to Dwight’s generosity, these students will have nutritional choices on the weekend and come to school on Monday ready to learn.”
“The Blessings in a Backpack program has allowed our students to put learning first and taken hunger out of the equation,” said Lake Como Elementary Guidance Counselor Sandy Glaize. “Any program or intervention that mitigates the devastating effects of hunger on children is invaluable to the community. Dwight Howard and the Magic’s generous contribution of funds and volunteer time has made that possible for our Lake Como students. Since the program began in 2008, the Magic’s contribution has provided over 50,000 weekend meals to our students.”