The Farmworkers Childrens Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is proud to announce the recently named “Justin’s Little School House”, through the generosity of the Forster Foundation. The Forster Foundation, under the leadership of Bill Forster, Founder and President, is committed to helping an underserved community of children whose families work in the surrounding agricultural fields in Palm Beach county.
Justin's Little School House is where The Farmworker Childrens Center Inc. offers homework help, enrichment programs, summer camp, and helps prepare children for their future. Three generations of children have already made their way with the assistance of The Farmworkers Childrens Center, some returning as counselors, and many moving onto college and careers.
"This incredible organization is right in our backyard and provides a much-needed service," said Bill Forster. "I was moved by the children, and immediately had the idea to name the little schoolhouse in memory of my grandson Justin, who was unfortunately deprived of the chance to grow and be a part of our world." Forster added, "It is a blessing for us to assist in the education of the children whose families work the fields and supply our community with food. Our gift of computers enables the children to reach their true potential and gives hope to their parents that their children will have an opportunity to achieve a better life than their own."
Justin's Little School House and the gift of 70 plus laptops for the Center, is the Forster Foundation's latest mission. They have provided every student with a Chromebook and have pledged to continue to provide additional ones as needed.
Donna Marie Goray, Founder of The Farmworkers Childrens Center, Inc. is overwhelmed by the Foundation’s gift. “The pandemic has made cyber learning more important than ever, and the Forster Foundation has given our students a chance to keep up with a rapidly-changing educational landscape,” said Ms. Goray. “For 40 years, Farmworker Childrens Center has successfully served the children of families working in agricultural, nursery, landscaping, and equestrian fields in south Palm Beach County.” She went on to say that the Forster Foundation’s motto of See a Need, Meet a Need, is truly what they do!”
Bill Forster and the Forster Foundation’s contribution has created possibilities for the children that were not available until now.
Through the generosity of the Forster Foundation, they have been able to provide...
Development of a new website & brochure
Pool Towels for upcoming Summer Camp
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FORSTER FOUNDATION DEDICATES JUSTIN’S LITTLE SCHOOL HOUSE AT
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Justin would have been eleven this year had his life not ended just hours prior to delivery. It was a tragedy that had a profound impact on the entire family, and ultimately what further inspired his grandfather, Bill Forster, to continue helping children.
“What better way to honor and memorialize Justin than by doing something good in his name to help these children,” Forster said.
And so, with family and friends present, the Forster Family Foundation dedicated “Justin’s Little Schoolhouse” at the Farmworkers Childrens Center in Boynton Beach, in honor of Justin.
“When I walked into the schoolhouse and saw those beautiful children, I knew at that moment this was what Justin would have wanted. In my heart I knew this was a good match,” Forster said.
With several classroom-type settings, the center is designed to help children of farm workers with enrichment programs, tutors, and thanks to the Forster’s Foundation, the center now has 70 new computers to help the children learn in our digital age.
It is the latest of the many philanthropic efforts aimed at helping under-privileged children and others in need. But named for Justin, it is something very special.
“I’ve been involved in many worthwhile efforts,” Forster said. “This one has the most meaning to me.”
The Forster Foundation, a 501(3)c organization under the leadership of Bill Forster, Founder and President, helps this underserved community of children whose families work in the surrounding agricultural fields in Palm Beach county.
Justin's Little School House, In the Pines Inc., which owns the buildings and property, and called Pines North, is where The Farmworkers Childrens Center Inc. offers homework help, enrichment programs, summer camp, and helps prepare children for their future. Farmworkers Childrens Center, Inc, uses the building for its programs at no cost. It has been an almost 40-year partnership. Three generations of children have already made their way with the assistance of The Farmworkers Childrens Center, some returning as counselors, and many moving onto college and careers.
Jamie (above) and Marc (below) discuss the difficulties that ensued after losing Justin and how the love and support of family got them through it.