Local baker hosts school supplies drive for Rickards High School

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – A pastry chef from Tallahassee fills bags of books in tribute to her alma mater.

Shanika Jackson is the owner of Shanika’s Sweet Treats.

But when she’s not making delicious desserts, she is giving back to a place with deep family ties.

“Blue and gold flow into our soul,” says Jackson. “I went to Rickards, my mom went to Rickards, my daughter went to Rickards.”

The bakery owner is now “adopting” the school, organizing a supplies drive and fundraiser.

This is the first year this event has been held and she says she hopes to adopt 50 to 100 students.

“Sometimes pride, we don’t mean we need help, but we know there is help needed,” Jackson said. “A lot of people have been affected by COVID-19, so it’s just another issue that we have to deal with as a whole community.”

She is joined by Tasha Gallon from TBake365, Stephanie McCray from Treatz Boutique LLC and Adrian Carrol from Ms. Claudine’s Sweet Treats.

Bakers collect school supplies, such as notebooks, pencils and notebooks, as well as backpacks and monetary donations.

It’s an effort Jackson hopes can make a difference in the South Side community and help a new generation of Raiders succeed.

“To represent the South Side, people think the South Side is something negative,” Jackson said. “We just want to show them that there is some positive that can come from the south side.”

Items will be collected until August 4. The group will then host a distribution and cooking event on August 7 at Capital Park, near the North Florida Fairgrounds.

More information can be found on Shanika’s Sweet Treats Facebook page.

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