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By Matt Combs, starfl.com

3 days ago   Article ID# 4045444
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United Way of Northwest Florida

PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA (starfl.com) - The Gulf County School District received a generous donation from the United Way of Northwest Florida at the monthly school board meeting held on Feb. 7.

The check of $5,000 is designated to go towards the school's efforts to help those students of Gulf County who are homeless.

"There is a federal program that requires every school district to have programs that benefit homeless students," said Bryan Taylor, the president and director of the United Way of Northwest Florida (UWNWFL).

Taylor continued, "While they have these requirements, they do not necessarily fund them. So we are just trying to get some money into our counties that we serve, so that they could work towards helping those homeless students."

The funds are available due to a generous bequeathment from the estate of Peter Michael Bardach.

Mr. Bardach was a resident of Bay County, where he was a very active philanthropist. On his passing he left the remainder of his estate to be split between UWNWFL and the United Way of Northern New Jersey, where he spent the first half of his life.

Bardach's gift of nearly a million dollars is now being managed by the local boards of directors of the United Way. UWNWFL has decided to put 50 percent of their portion of the gift directly back into the community, with a common goal to invest in homeless student services in the six counties that they cover.

Taylor outlined multiple possible uses for the funds including help with clothing, school supplies, and other essentials that those student who are homeless need.

"Some counties are using these funds to help pay so homeless students can participate in field trips and other activities that their families might not otherwise be able to afford," Taylor said.

Taylor ended by saying, "Gulf County Schools has been a partner with United Way for many, many years. Gulf County employees give to the United Way, so it's nice for United Way to give back to them."

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Updated 3 days ago   Article ID# 4045444

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