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Operation Changing Lives donated school supplies to Bunnell Elementary students. Courtesy photo
Palm Coast Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 2 years ago

Operation Changing Lives helped BES students go back to school prepared

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An inquiry into buying shelves for the classroom, resulted in a donation kindergarten teacher Tannah Mifarsi didn’t expect.
by: Jacque Estes Community Editor

Tannah Mifarsi, a kindergarten teacher at Bunnell Elementary got more than she expected when she contacted Operation Changing Lives about some bookshelves she wanted to buy for her classroom.

“She (Jennifer Suggs, public relations coordinator) asked what school I was working at and I told her BES,” Mifarsi said. “She told me she wanted to donate any supplies I needed for my classroom.”

Mifarsi said the donations included primary composition books that Mifarsi was planning on purchasing herself.

Operation Changing Lives donated $500 of supplies to Bunnell Elementary, to kick-off the new school year.

Operation Changing Lives is a non-profit organization based in Daytona Beach, founded by Dr. Curtis Schalit and Dr. John Akers in 2008. The organization’s purpose is to provide surgical care to patients with extreme facial deformities, and help local children in need.

Along with their colleagues Dr. Roger Thayer and Dr. Brian Hamilton, the team works together with business owner Cherise Wintz, director,   and Jennifer Suggs, public relations coordinato to create events in the community to support their cause. Annual events include a golf tournament, paddle board event, and an upcoming vent, 5k Run/Walk in Daytona Beach Shores.

Schalit and his wife Maria are also the founders of the Flagler Wolf Pack Youth Football team.

“Dr. Schalit was the founder of the Wolf Pack football team, so they knew how many families and classrooms would benefit with the purchase of these supplies,” Mifarsi said.

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