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Starting Line Foundation donates to Ahfachkee PTSO

BIG CYPRESS — The Ahfachkee School’s Parent Teacher Student Organization received a donation of $700 from the Starting Line Foundation on Feb. 14.

Founded by Mario and Lorraine Posada, Starting Line Foundation’s mission is “to encourage, equip and empower individuals which in turn will foster a growing movement of leaders and ultimately strengthen our community.”

The Posadas began the foundation in June 2017 as a way to continue mentoring youth, which Mario had been doing elsewhere in Immokalee with at-risk students. The foundation’s first student brought a few friends with him and completed the 10-week, faith-based program. Today that student is back in school and knows the value of what he lost.

“A dream is only a dream if you take no action,” Mario Posada said. “I just want to help them become the best person they can be with a foundation based in scripture.”

The donation to Ahfachkee is another way to give back to youth and will help the school meet the students’ needs with extra items they may need.

Leilani Gopher, student government treasurer; Priscilla Alvarado, high school representative; Celeste Billie, PTSO vice president; Lenora Roberts, PTSO president; Alena Stockton, student government high school president; Tahnia Billie, student government elementary school president; Dorothy Cain, principal, pose with the check donated by the Starting Line Foundation on Feb. 14. (Courtesy photo)
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