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North Shores Improvement Association Donates $10,000 to FSDB

Jean Miller, Amy Gilbert and Fran Windeler gives a $5,000 check to Tanya Rhodes in front gate of FSDB.
From left, Jean Miller, Tanya Rhodes, Amy Gilbert and Fran Windeler stand in front of FSDB. Contributed photo.

When the 24th annual Vilano Bridge Run was canceled in March due to COVID-19, planning for the event, which was sponsored by the North Shores Improvement Association, was almost complete.

North Shores hosted a virtual race instead. Runners completed a scavenger hunt and submitted their times. In return, they received an additional T-shirt, medal and some surprise goodies.

Thanks to local sponsorships, NSIA donated $5,000 to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, making the total given over the past two years $10,000. The funds will help the FSDB provide appropriate technology; enhanced reading programs; vocational and work-readiness services; athletics and performing arts; tutoring; academic enhancements; and social responsibility and empowerment programs. FSDB supports and educates nearly 1,000 children ranging in age from birth to 22 both on campus and virtually in their homes.

NSIA, founded in 1939 with the mission of improving and sustaining the quality of life in the community through education and recreation, continues to offer several art and exercise classes, including a new yoga class on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., at its community center at 120 Meadow Ave. in Vilano Beach. For information on programs or how to get involved, visit


About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit


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