Mary Eschmann and Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last week, retired LRHS teacher and current substitute Barb Kitzman collected shoeboxes from Mustangs for residents at Windsor Reflections memory care facility suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory.  The boxes were converted to Valentine’s Day boxes.

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Mustangs helped develop Valentine’s Day boxes for Windsor Reflections memory care patients

According to Kitzman, the donations were greatly appreciated by the facility and its residents. The teachers who donated the most shoeboxes to the cause were math teacher Catherine Franek, TV production teacher Bryon Stedman, and technology teacher Nick Savarese.

Kitzman worked with LRHS media aides to cut out decorations such as hearts and flowers for the residents to decorate their boxes.

“It’s nice to help out. It’s really easy to make someone’s day,” said junior Sarah Martin, a media aide that helped make decorations.

The residents were happy they got to make their own boxes and even made Valentine cards for their friends at the facility.

“They love doing stuff like this. They have crafts every day,” said Kitzman.

The facility will deliver the Valentine cards that the residents made to each of the residents’ boxes.

Kitzman was humbled by all the support she got from the school.

“It’s always wonderful when people want to help, and this was a very easy way to help. Seeing everyone chip in is a true sign of what Lakewood Ranch High School is all about,” she claimed.

Helping the residents is very important to Kitzman. She even brought in her dog, Louie, who she claims is their mascot, to make the residents happy. She said she appreciated using her imagination to make people happy this Valentine’s Day.

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