Heart to Heart Realty donates $3,700 to before, after school program
Heart to Heart Realty makes donation to Paso schools’ PRYDE program
On Tuesday, March 24, Mark McConnell and Liz Lee Marziello, owners of Heart to Heart Realty presented the Paso Robles Youth Development and Enrichment Program, or PRYDE, with a donation check for $3,750. The donation was presented to the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at their regular monthly meeting.
Heart to Heart Realty’s client, George Martinellli, requested that the donation be made to the PRYDE program. Mr. Martinelli is a parent whose child Jayden attended the PRYDE program for many years after school and during school vacations. Mr. Martinelli and Jayden were present at the board meeting, as were several PRYDE program staff members.
PRYDE is a before and after school program contracted by the State of California Department of Education, Child Development Division to serve K-5 students. The program offers a fun environment at most school sites for children to participate in activities that support learning. PRYDE is not a tutorial program but does offer a time of day where children may complete homework with adult assistance and supervision.
Heart to Heart Realty is a company based on the principle of utilizing funds generated by a real estate transaction to affect change through community partnerships. At the close of escrow, Heart to Heart Realty disburses 50 percent of the commission to fund the nonprofit or charitable organizations as designated by their clients, making it possible for any individual who otherwise would not have the means to contribute to a nonprofit, charity, or individual(s) in need.
“Our business involves transactions; many of which are based on the circumstances of daily life; re-location, divorce, taxes, death or simply the desire to make a change”, said Mark McConnell. “If a transaction is going to happen, either by necessity or choice, we hope people will choose our company based on our core belief that we all “gain by giving”.
The PRYDE program, which serves kindergarten through 5th grade students of families of all incomes, year round, during non-school hours, will use recent parent surveys and classroom assessments to determine how to apply the donated funds.