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Neal Land & Neighborhoods Donates $10K to Barbara A. Harvey Elementary for Classroom Books

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PARRISH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2023) – Neal Land & Neighborhoods has donated $10,000 to Barbara A. Harvey Elementary School for the purchase of classroom books for long-term use. The donation allowed teachers to order 833 books for grades K-5, catering to the different grade level standards and enhancing learning opportunities. Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a local land planning and community developer at the helm of North River Ranch and Vistera of Venice master-planned communities.

Neal Land & Neighborhoods made the donation after John A. Neal, president of Neal Land & Neighborhoods, learned about the elementary school’s need for classroom textbooks after visiting the school to support the PTO’s Read-A-Thon fundraiser. During this visit, Neal surprised the top readers of each grade level with donut parties – 419 students participated and read a total of 86,420 minutes. 

“We believe that education makes communities stronger and gives way to progress, innovation and a better quality of life,” said Neal. “We’re proud to continue supporting the local schools that have established North River Ranch as an educational hub for Manatee County.” 

 “It’s a very generous donation that will make a significant impact on the students and the teachers,” said Hayley Rio, principal of Barbara A. Harvey Elementary. “Our teachers are going to be so thrilled, and we are all so appreciative!”

To commemorate the opening of the school in 2020, the land developer donated over $10,000 in scholastic books to help stock Barbara A. Harvey Elementary’s library.

Neal Land & Neighborhoods was instrumental in facilitating the development of Barbara A. Harvey Elementary School, which has been rated an A school for two consecutive years, and the nearby Parrish Community High School. With plans for a new middle school and a State College of Florida campus in the future, North River Ranch has become an educational hub for the Manatee County region. 

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About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based community and master land planning and development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning and public infrastructure solutions to create the next level of elite community planning in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable, and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail. For additional information, visit

About North River Ranch

North River Ranch is the flagship master-planned community for Neal Land & Neighborhoods, strategically positioned and carefully planned to evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s families and active adults. Located in Parrish, Fla., the amenity-rich development is a fresh approach to development in Southwest Florida unlike anything in the market today. North River Ranch is an award-winning community with approvals for 6,000 residences across several neighborhoods featuring abundant recreation and amenities, judicious land planning and management, commercial development, a hospital, and nearby schools. Current home builders consist of Pulte Homes, David Weekley Homes, Neal Communities, Homes by WestBay, and Cardel Homes Florida. North River Ranch has received Bradenton’s Best Gold Award for Best Master Planned Community since 2022. For more information, visit