The Ronald McDonald House is a “home away from home” for families of children being treated in local hospitals. There are three houses in St. Petersburg and one in Tampa. Last year more than 2,000 families stayed at the House and came from Florida, 35 other states and 23 other countries. Families are asked to contribute to their stay, but we never turn anyone away because of financial reasons.
We encourage youths to volunteer either at the Ronald McDonald House or in the community.
Activity List for 6-14 year olds
Pennies from the Heart Labels (print out and put on your own container)
Pop Tab Labels (print out and put on your own container - we no longer have the cardboard houses)
KIDS HELPING KIDS
A unique partnership between the Countryside Country Club and the 9th grade class at Countryside High School has produced a win-win for the kids, the club, and...the families at St. Pete East! According to Chris Bates, the 9th Grade Assistance Principal, the Garden Club was started because they had room for gardens and kids that wanted to participate. The country club sponsors the purchase of seeds, and in return receives fresh herbs and vegetables for their kitchen.
The garden plot is close to three acres, which produces a large amount of high quality produce and herbs. The kids, some of their parents and staff members all enjoy puttering in the gardens, and seeing the fruits of their labor mature. Once the veggies are ready, the group packages them up for deliveries to the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches and the St. Pete RMH.
Adding another dimension to the project is the relationship between the country club's chef and the kids, as he works with them on the business aspects of running a commercial kitchen.
Mr. Bates is pleased to report that they just received an Eagle Scout grant for $5,000 to purchase hydroponic equipment, which will allow them to grow a greater variety of goods. This project has turned out to be a great success for everyone involved, including our families. Thank you to Countryside High School for thinking of RMH!