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9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Learn and Serve Tampa Inc partnered with several organizations to create service opportunities for youth to memorialize the victims of 9/11 and service Tampa's food insecure population.  Franklin BPA learned about the role of the firefighters and place a memorial for them on the front lawn of their school.  Tinker K-12 created biographies for many victims, but a stormy day prevented the placement of markers as scheduled. Veterans Approved Network and the American Legion Post in Lutz helped set up a memorial funded by Toyota and produced by American Visual Brands.  Pizzo K-8 students made biographies for the victims of the Pentagon attack. On 9/11, many corporate volunteers and 128 college students participated in the 9/ meal-packing event at the Yuengling Center at USF. 

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Salute to Woody Williams
Sumner HS Army JROTC
Woody's 98th Birthday
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On Friday, April 28th, the Flags of Honor Escorts rolled into Tampa. The first stop was for Franklin BPA's Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Rededication. The ceremony featured many speakers who spoke of Woody's legacy and the importance of recognizing Gold Star Families.  The Flags of Honor Escorts visited Tampa's 2nd monument on Saturday, April 29th and were joined by the Sumner HS Army JROTC. 

Global Youth Service Day
Rowlett Park Earth Day Cleanup

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Almost 200 volunteers came together on Saturday, January 14, 2023 to clean up McKay Bay Nature Preserve to honor Dr. King's legacy of service to others. Special thanks to The Mission Continues, the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Workscapes, Inc., Americorp, and Publix!

Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2022 was greatly impacted by Hurricane Nicole.  The Franklin BPA ceremony had to be postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. The CRISP ceremony was held indoors at the Sheraton on Riverwalk.  

Rampello K-8 AVID students learned about Veterans Day, Gold Star Families, and Woody Williams, and chose to make challenge coin boxes as gifts for veterans. Boxes were handed out at the CRISP Ceremony and at the USO station in Tampa International

Students in Franklin BPA's art classes participated in the #SpiritofWoodyWilliamsChallenge and used their talents to create a portrait of their hero. 

Tampa Youth Service Leadership Summit

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In honor of 9/11 Day, Learn and Serve Tampa, Inc hosted a Youth Service Leadership Summit and a memorial display for the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. View our scrapbook to learn more about this incredible day.

Memorial Day Gold Star Display

Monday, May 30, 2022

This year for memorial Day, Franklin students helped research and prepare a display of Tampa's Fallen from the War on Terror.  The AVID students added images and paper roses for those families who were in attendance for the ceremony.  Sixth grade BPA student Gabriel Mendieta volunteered to serve as the host for the event.

Flags of our Fallen Escorts

Monday, April 4, 2022

Flags of Honor Escorts made a stop in Tampa, first at the Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy Gold Star Families Memorial Monument and then in downtown Tampa at MacDill Park. The students at Franklin BPA created two wreaths for the riders to lay at the monuments. Each wreath contained the names of our local fallen.  The students learned about the importance of sacrifice from the founder of the Flags of Honor Escorts, David "Stupid" McCoy. They loved being able to say "Stupid"!

Remembering Our Fallen 

Wednesday, March 16-Sunday, March 20, 2022

This memorial display was brought to Tampa by the CRISP Foundation. Learn and Serve Tampa, Inc. supported the project by located volunteers to assist with building the portable memorial and also breaking it down. In the process, I met a wonderful group of young members, the Air Force Sergeants Association, who believe community service is a responsibility. This project is also an example of how one does community mapping, locating people and resources in your own community who can work together to achieve goals.  This project generated an idea for Memorial Day.  See above for the outcome!


Veterans Day @ MacDill Park on Riverwalk

November 11, 2021

A collaboration between AVID Teacher Lauren Kartali, CRISP Foundation, LabelValue Corporation, and Learn and Serve Tampa, Inc. resulted in amazing remembrance gifts for veterans in the Tampa community and civic engagement for 7th and 8th grade students at Rampello Partnership K-8.  Students took a walking field trip to MacDill Park to see the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument and talk with Gold Star Mother Holly Ross and CRISP Founder Calvin Reed about recognizing the service of veterans and remembering  the sacrifices of service members and their families. The students designed and created a unique Patriotic wind chime for the guests of the Veterans Day ceremony held at MacDill park on November 11, 2021.  The students made a colorful banner that veteran guests signed. The banner will go back to Rampello for display. Additional wind chimes were delivered to American Legion Post to be shared with members. 

Patriot Day Display @ Franklin BPA

September 10, 2021

Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy's Social Studies Department teamed up with Learn and Support Our Troops, Inc., LabelValue Corp., and  Serve Tampa, Inc. to create markers for all victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  The markers were assembled by students and placed on the front lawn of the campus for the community to visit on patriot Day weekend.  Students had lessons before and after the service activity to learn about the causes, events, and effects of 9/11. 

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