ECAR donates to Maude Saunders Elementary

Special to The Sun

The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors made its final stop on its recent donation spree Nov. 12 at Maude Saunders Elementary in DeFuniak Springs.

When the ECAR representatives arrived, several students and the school’s PE coach joined them to accept the $875 donation to the school’s physical education program.

Terry Pilcher, ECAR North Walton director, and Marsha Babe, Community and Military Outreach Committee member, were both on hand to greet the school’s staff and students and present the check.

The pair agreed there was no better way to spend an afternoon than giving back to the communities where ECAR members live and work.

Before the official presentation, the school’s PE Coach Billy Ray Willcox explained the funds would allow the physical education program to fill a lot of gaps in equipment by replacing basketballs, baseball bats and other sports equipment desperately needed by the school.

Willcox added the school experienced devastating cuts to both its budget and staff and that this money would answer a huge need for the school and its physical education program.

“Do I need some money? My budget has been taken from $1,000 a year to $200. I can use all the help I can get,” he said.

In addition to the donation at Maude Saunders Elementary, ECAR also made donations to Wright Elementary in Fort Walton Beach, Bob Sikes Elementary in Crestview and Holley Navarre Intermediate in Navarre.

All of the schools chosen were Title 1 schools located in one of the association’s seven geographical chapters. ECAR’s mission includes making a difference in the communities it serves, and helping schools have better resources seemed like the perfect fit to the group’s leadership.