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Operation Lotus Organizes Eighth Annual School Supply Drive – Osprey Observer

Frost Elementary School teacher celebrates the donation of school supplies from the Man.......

Frost Elementary School teacher celebrates the donation of school supplies from the Mandy Van Brunt Memorial School Supplies Drive.

By Lily Belcher

On August 20, Melanie Brockmeier-Jordy and her nonprofit organization, Operation Lotus, began collecting donations for the eighth annual Mandy Van Brunt Memorial School Supplies Drive. Operation Lotus is collecting any school supplies, including backpacks, and monetary donations due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

“In years past, we have had enough supplies to give to four or five Title 1 schools. We hope to be able to meet that this year too. In years past, if we had enough actual supplies, we would give the schools the monetary donations to be used for kids to attend field trips who could not afford it,” said Brockmeier-Jordy.

Mandy Van Brunt was a teacher at Frost Elementary School in Riverview, where she was known for her humble and caring demeanor towards her students, exemplified in the way she would comfort students with problems at home or give them school supplies when they could not afford their own. In her 15 years of teaching, she worked at Title One schools to not only teach young kids as students but provide them with the care and help as young individuals.

Following her death in 2014, Brockmeier-Jordy started the school supply drive to honor her memory as the selfless and dedicated teacher that walked the halls at Frost Elementary.

“Mandy had a passion for helping underprivileged children,” …….

Source: https://www.ospreyobserver.com/2021/09/operation-lotus-organizes-eighth-annual-school-supply-drive/