Lyndon Institute Students Present Check for Hurricane Relief Efforts

Pictured left to right: Front row - LI Head of School, Twiladawn Perry, and Rotary Club of East Nassau member Francisco “Franny” De Cardenas. Middle row - LI students Marquis Rolle, Jenna Malone, and LI Assistant Head for Curriculum & Instruction, Adam Norwood, Ed.D. Back row - LI students Miles Adams, Alejandro De Cardenas, and Sean Collie.

Lyndon Institute (LI) Bahamian students and LI administrators presented a check for $3,839 to Rotary Club of East Nassau District 7020 Zone 34 President, Francisco “Franny” De Cardenas. LI Bahamian students, with help from LI faculty and staff, raised the money through fundraising to benefit relief efforts in the Bahamas following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. Mr. De Cardenas is a resident of the Bahamas and father of Alejandro De Cardenas, one of the students involved in the fundraising.

Alejandro De Cardenas, Marquis Rolle, Jenna Malone, Miles Adams, and Sean Collie headed up the efforts to benefit those impacted by the hurricane. With help from LI instructor Tim Ulrich, the LI community hosted “Blue Jean Days” on two occasions during the month of September to help the Bahamian students’ cause, raising $815. On “Blue Jean Days,” students and staff are encouraged to dress down for a small donation, with the raised funds going to different charitable causes.

LI Boys Varsity Basketball coach and Admissions Coordinator, Patrick Rainville, helped the Bahamian students organize a second fundraising event: a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament. The well-attended tournament, held in LI’s Alumni Gymnasium on Sunday, September 29th, was an enormous success, raising a total of $3,024.

Head of School Twiladawn Perry presented a check to Mr. De Cardenas at an informal gathering with the Bahamian students. In addition to the amount raised, an anonymous donation brought the grand total of the donation to $5,040. Mr. De Cardenas will present the check to the Rotary Disaster Relief Fund on behalf of Lyndon Institute on October 11th, 2019. More information about the Rotary Club of East Nassau can be found at


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