Bringing Mental Wellness to the Forefront

Mental wellness should remain at the forefront of discussions we move forward. On July 16, Governor and First Lady DeSantis engaged in conversations regarding the affects of COVID-19 on mental health for Floridians.

DEBBIE THORNTON, PRINCIPAL OF PAUL B. STEPHENS SCHOOL

Education decisions should always be made with students as the top priority. Educators across our state are committed to ensuring our children are safe and receive a quality education, including our students with unique abilities. On July 29, Principal Debbie Thornton detailed her school’s plans to protect and support students for success.

Erica Raff, Parent of Child with Unique Abilities

Parent Erica Raff explained how essential in-person education is for her child with unique abilities as she joined a roundtable about school choice on July 29. Opening schools helps families just like Erica’s across our state.

Lindsay Sinclair, Parent of a Child with Unique Abilities

Parents know what’s best for their children and for many students with unique abilities in-person therapies are critical to support their education. On July 29, Lindsay Sinclair highlighted why her family made their decision to go back to school in person this year.

GLEN GILZEAN, PRESIDENT & CEO, CENTRAL FLORIDA URBAN LEAGUE

Not allowing for school choice deprives our children of the opportunity to live up to their God-given potential. Joining a roundtable on July 29, Central Florida Urban League President and CEO Glen Gilzean recognized the stakes for our kids and parents are simply too high to not provide this choice.

MARY DANIEL, CAREGIVER

Following comprehensive measures put in place to protect Florida’s most vulnerable, Mary Daniel began advocated a pathway to caregiver visitation in long-term care facilities. Mary joined Governor and First Lady DeSantis on August 4 to tell her family story of perseverance as she found a creative solution to be closer to her husband in a nursing home.

GIRLS AND BOYS SCHOLASTIC SPORTS

Athletics play a key role in the development of so many of youth across Florida. We heard from Lito Sheppard, Eugene Lamb, Charlie Ward and Kyler Hall on August 5 as they outlined the personal impact of athletics on their own lives and why both parents and student athletes need to have sports available as an option.

Eugene Lamb, Chair, TCC Board of Trustees: Importance of Youth Athletics

On August 5, Eugene Lamb emphasized the impact a basketball scholarship had on his life. Sports were a motivating influence on his own academic life, and Eugene believes students need the opportunity pursue athletics.

Governor DeSantis Recognizes Transportation Workers and Road Builders

Industries across Florida have worked tirelessly during the course of COVID-19. Workers from the transportation industry came together on August 7 to acknowledge the significance of having the ability to safely provide for their families.

#WeWantToPlay Florida State University Football

The Governor joined Florida State University President John Thrasher, Head Football Coach Mike Norvell and players from the FSU football team on August 11 to stress the importance of schools having the ability to compete this season.

GAIL MURRAY, COVALESCENT PLASMA RECIPIENT

Gail Murray a cancer survivor who battled COVID-19 earlier this year credits a convalescent plasma donation from her son-in-law, Steve Isaac, for saving her life. On August 13, Gail and her family shared their story highlighting how important Steve’s donation was to her recovery from the virus.