Arcadia Elks Sponsor Suds and Stories Event
- Written by Mary Kay Burns
Arcadia Elks Lodge #1524 is doing their part to encourage Florida’s DeSoto County youth to read – one quarter at a time. On Aug. 24, the Elks partnered with the Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County, the DeSoto County School District, the U.S. Census Bureau and All Faiths Food Bank to offer a morning of free laundry, storytelling and resources at the Supermatt Laundry located on Hickory Street in Arcadia, Fla. Over 250 loads of laundry were washed and dried free of charge while children enjoyed stories being read to them and took part in various activities provided by the DeSoto tutoring bus and bookmobile. This event was made possible through a grant written by Mary Kay Burns, FDOH DeSoto Administrator and Elks lodge officer who is dedicated to making an impact in the reading levels of DeSoto County youth and improving the health and well-being of DeSoto County residents. The skills children develop early in life through reading are vital to a successful future.