Disney Invests in Students and Donates to Florida Schools

Cast Members volunteer
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Disney is making headlines but for all the right reasons this time. The Walt Disney Company has been known for its efforts in community service and helping others. Disney and Make-A-Wish have paired to help children’s dreams come true and raise awareness. The partnership has helped grant 150,000 wishes globally as they celebrate 43 years of working together.

Disney and Make a wish

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Outside of Make-A-Wish, Disney does so much right in their own backyard. Previously Cast Members volunteered to send out food to students in the local area. Additionally, Cast Members happily stepped in again to create care packages sent out to the military overseas. In the same vein as the donated meals, Disney is once again giving back to the local community.

Walt Disney World is in Orlando, Florida, with its local community school districts being Osceola, Lake, Polk, and Seminole counties. Just before the new school year, Disney donated $125,000 as its latest investment. Tajiana Ancora-Brown, Director of External Affairs at Walt Disney World Resort, said,

“Our company is very much rooted in storytelling, so supporting the future storytellers in our community is critical. Career dreams begin in the classroom, and we’re helping students build a solid foundation to pursue those dreams and become who they imagine they can be.”

How Disney Gives Back

The generous donation of $125,000 joins Disney’s ongoing efforts with Back-to-School Supply Drive and A Gift for Teaching. As the lead sponsor of A Gift for Teaching, Disney has teamed up with them for decades to provide assistance. “Disney World and its Cast Members collected more than $177K in essential school supplies and monetary donations this summer to help get Florida students and teachers the resources they need to succeed in the classroom throughout the school year,” Disney details.

Additional ways Disney supports back-to-school efforts across the state are,

Cast Members give back

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President Jane Thompson from A Gift For Teaching thanked Cast Members and Disney for their deep impact on the organization. The consistent donations inspire teachers and students, bringing students specifically “one step closer to a future where every student has the tools they need to achieve their dreams,” she says.

What’s one way you’ve given back to your own community?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.