The Foundation raises money through the sale of LiveNGrace bracelets, the 5K McKenzie Run, and various projects through Kenzie Clubs all over Jacksonville. The money is used for an orphanage in Africa and to support two MARCs (McKenzie Academic Resource Centers) in town - one of which is in the Portside Community that services Chets Creek Elementary, where I teach.
|Debbie Harbour, one of the |
MARCs most dedicated volunteers.
|Teachers from Chets who were able to attend tonight's Awards ceremony|
Tonight the Wilsons invited all the volunteers from their many programs to the Schultz Center as a thank you for giving time and talent to children. They reconnected us with the mission and with the memories of a beautiful young girl who left well before her own mission was complete. As I sat there, and wondered how the Wilsons get through such a ceremony that honors the one that they loved so dearly, I wanted to say to them - We should be giving you the award. It is an honor and privilege to be at the MARC and to carry on the work that McKenzie herself was never able to finish. I hope they know what it means to be able to have a clean, cool place to spend a few hours each week with children that you care about. And... I hope McKenzie is smiling. I know she must be so proud!