GL Homes Donates $25,000 To Eagles Landing Middle School In Boca Raton For PE Equipment


Staff report

When homebuilder GL Homes decided to build its Berkley project in west Boca Raton, they knew that Eagles Landings Middle School would be important for its residents because of the strong reputation of the school. They soon created a partnership with Principal Joe Peccia Jr. and the school.

“For every project that GL Homes develops, we embrace the local community with the goal of supporting our neighbors.  When Principal Peccia told us about their lack of PE equipment, we stepped up and made that happen. As part of our philanthropic focus, the employees of GL Homes enjoy giving back to local schools and making a significant difference,” said Marcie DePlaza, COO of GL Homes.

Let’s Get Physical

Principal Peccia was thrilled to speak with GL Homes and had a great idea of how they could play a major role in their students’ lives. Physical education!

“If you went to the gym and had no equipment to work out on, then it would not be a great experience. While last year we had PE for the students, we didn’t have the equipment for them to truly experience physical education. We needed that equipment and GL Homes without hesitation made it happen with their incredible donation,” Principal Peccia said.

This $25,000 donation allows Eagles Landing Middle School to offer an intense PE training program for its students.  The donation included state-of-the-art:

  • Fitness bikes
  • Weights
  • Conditioning ropes
  • Fitness bars
  • Yoga mats
  • Sound system

“To see the transformation of our PE classes has been so wonderful. The students are really enjoying themselves and learning an exercise regime that will benefit them for their whole lives.  We are so thankful to GL Homes for making this happen,” Peccia said.

The training equipment is in place in their gym and their PE teachers have created an intricate circuit training program for the classes.  Thanks to the new sound system, the students can work out while listening to their favorite current jams. They’ve created a five-minute rotation program that allows students to participate in each designed PE activity from fitness bikes to weights to ropes.

“It was very satisfying to see the kids participating in such a dynamic PE program with the equipment we donated. This will set them on a course for a healthy lifestyle now and into adulthood,” said Sarah Alsofrom, Director of Community Relations for GL Homes.