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Tarpon hospital helps elementary with start of school year


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TARPON SPRINGS — The first day of school always brings about a mix of emotions, so Adventist Health System and Florida Hospital North Pinellas continued efforts to help make it go as smoothly as possible for some area youngsters.

The city-based hospital delivered a truckload of backpacks and other school supplies for Tarpon Springs Elementary School students and teachers last Friday, just in time for Monday’s opening bell.

“We are thrilled to be able to help provide much needed school supplies and backpacks to our local school,” said Vernon Elarbee, the hospital’s human resources director, and coordinator of the project. “We made a promise to the school a long time ago that we will continue this effort every year — I’m hoping we can keep increasing our donations year by year.”

Tarpon Springs Elementary has more than 500 students in grades kindergarten through fifth.

In other news, the hospital’s auxiliary and volunteer program is looking for individuals willing to contribute their time.

Opportunities exist in all areas of the hospital and in interaction with patients, their families or other visitors.

Volunteers of all ages can express interest to the hospital by calling (727) 942-5072 or by filling out an online application at

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