NAPLES, Fla. — Founded in 2000, The Gargiulo Education Center has opened its doors to children in Southwest Florida for 20 years.

“This is their second home. It’s just about love here. It really is.”

Mary Asta is the executive director and a board member for the organization.

She says nearly 70 children attend the after school program, describing it as a safe, education place for children to go while parents travel back home to Naples from farm working.

“Their parents are working in the fields and in the factory. They’re bussed out to Immokalee everyday. So the kids come here as opposed to going to an empty house.”

Asta says the center started in a small office, in an effort by Gargiulo Farms to help kids after school, and it has grown ever since.

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