Retired Immokalee teacher swims 12 miles around Key West while raising money for student tuition
Steven Becker and his college friend had a big goal in mind. They spend the weekend swimming 12 miles around Key West.
“The purpose of swimming was to raise money for college scholarships,” said Steve Becker.
“My goal was to raise around five to six thousand dollars, which is the cost of sending a student to the University of Florida for a year and we seem to be on the right track.”
They are closer to their goal of helping students with the Immokalee Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers students in the city where Becker taught.
“I really have a special affiliation with the foundation. I love the work they do and I love the people who are involved in it, ”he explained.
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Noemi Perez, President and CEO of the Immokalee Foundation, said, “If he increases the target which is five thousand dollars, then Florida Prepaid will match that, to be equivalent to a ten thousand dollar scholarship for a student at Immokalee. ”
She explained how the fundraiser reassures students that they will be able to continue their education.
“Immokalee is a poor community and a lot of our students don’t have the opportunity to really explore what’s out there. It just gives them the peace of mind so that when they choose a college, they take care of their tuition. “
Becker hit the water and completed his mission on Saturday – in just 5 hours and 20 minutes.
The Immokalee Foundation plans to distribute scholarships later this year.