During the last month of summer, Keiser University Fort Lauderdale hosted their annual Keiser Kits for Kids campaign, where students, staff, and faculty came together to donate school supplies for children in need.

This year’s campaign benefited two local south Florida organizations, SOS Children’s Village and Liberty Elementary, where the collected supplies will go towards giving underprivileged children a head start to the school year.

The donation for SOS Children’s Village came thanks to the Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program, and the program’s director, Dr. Jelaine James. One of the PTA program’s long-term clinical partners, Mr. Elmer Pillon, has a deep connection with SOS Children’s Village and has been collecting school supplies in a Back to School Supply Drive for years. This year, to give back to the department’s partner and benefit the community, the PTA program used Kits for Kids to donate to SOS Children’s Village.

Mr. Pillon runs a private facility in south Florida named Health Rehab and has been accepting Keiser University students for clinical sites and field trips since 2007.

“Once [students] hear more about where the supplies are going, and the effort that Mr. Pillon is doing, they do get excited,” said Dr. James.

SOS Children’s Village is an organization with locations around the globe that aims to build families for children in need, help them shape their own futures, and share in the development of their communities. They do this by working with communities and state partners to provide children with loving and supportive alternative care once a child can no longer live with their families. Keiser University’s donations will go towards helping many children in the community.

Additionally, Keiser University Ft. Lauderdale collected supplies in their campaign for Liberty Elementary, a local community partner and elementary school. Rachel Robuste, Community Liaison and Volunteer/Mentor coordinator for Liberty Elementary STEM Museum Magnet School, visited the campus personally to meet with campus President Dr. Ryan Sagers and thank him for the generous donation.

Keiser University is a private, independent, non-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and two international sites. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees from associates to the doctoral level. Keiser University is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and was ranked No. 11 in the U.S. in Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Reports in 2021. Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a level VI institution. For more information, visit www.keiseruniversity.edu.

Keiser Kits for Kids Liberty Elementary donations.

Rachel Robuste, Community Liaison and Volunteer/Mentor coordinator for Liberty Elementary STEM Museum Magnet School met with campus President Dr. Ryan Sagers.