Through March, Saint Leo collected 12,000 pounds of plastic bottle caps—enough to fill 21 pallets—for the Caps of Love program. The proceeds from recycling the plastic are used to purchase new and refurbished wheelchairs for children with mobility disabilities. In July, the university presented one such wheelchair to Michael Ledford, a fourth-grader at Woodland Elementary School in nearby Zephyrhills, FL.
Saint Leo University partnered with the National Hispanic Institute to host NHI’s Collegiate World Series (CWS), welcoming more than 100 high school students to University Campus June 28 to July 2. The Collegiate World Series is made up of two parts: advanced college readiness and personal life skill development and management. The program is for rising high school seniors with high potential to become leaders within the United States and global Latino communities.
On July 11, members of the Pasco County (FL) Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigative (CPI) Division were recognized for their service during a luncheon at Saint Leo University. The recognition program was sponsored by The Renew Group; Pasco-Hernando State College; Thomas Dobies, owner of Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes; and Saint Leo. The luncheon not only recognized members of the CPI, but also offered an opportunity to its members to win an undergraduate and a graduate scholarship to Saint Leo in the name of The Renew Group.
In September, the university community rallied together and weathered a wicked hurricane season, with storms hitting Texas, Louisiana, Florida, other parts of the Southeast, Puerto Rico, and parts of the Caribbean. At University Campus, some 600 students, along with 100 staff to look after them, sheltered in university buildings during Hurricane Irma.