Category: Education

Child Care of Southwest Florida elevates STEAM instruction through grant

Child Care of Southwest Florida elevates STEAM instruction through grant

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 8, 2021) – Child Care of Southwest Florida introduced additional STEAM instruction – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – to students through a generous grant from the Cape Coral Community Foundation. The STEAM initiative brought hands-on learning opportunities to students in the nonprofit’s pre-Kindergarten program, as well as new curriculum […]

New High School Graduates Can Get Two Free Classes This Fall at FSW!

New High School Graduates Can Get Two Free Classes This Fall at FSW! Florida SouthWestern Sate College

New Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) students may be eligible to receive two free classes during the Fall 2021 semester through FSW’s “Now. Not Tomorrow.” scholarship. To be considered for the “Now. Not Tomorrow.” scholarship, students must have graduated from a Florida high school in 2020 or 2021 and should not have earned credits from […]

Career Connections: The Value of Community in a Pandemic

Career Connections: The Value of Community in a Pandemic

By: Rita Davis In February 2020, there were over 36,000 Career & Technical Education course enrollments in over 80 programs across 15 high schools and 20 middle schools in the School District of Lee County. From Agritechnology to Welding, classrooms were buzzing with face-to-face, hands-on learning. Students were acquiring the necessary skills to become workforce-ready […]

Child Care of Southwest Florida to host teacher workshop on June 19

Child Care of Southwest Florida to host teacher workshop on June 19

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 14, 2021) – Child Care of Southwest Florida is hosting a free continuing education workshop on June 19 to help early childhood education teachers sharpen their classroom leadership skills. “Diving Deeper into Instructional Support” is a three-hour course that will help teachers become better facilitators in the classroom and encourage children […]

School District Honors 2020 APPLES Mentor of the Year

School District Honors 2020 APPLES Mentor of the Year

The School District of Lee County is proud to honor Allison Delude-Kerner with the Second Annual APPLES Mentor of the Year award.  Delude-Kerner is Peer Collaborative Teacher at Harns Marsh Middle School. APPLES mentors provide support to new and beginning teachers. “I think being a teacher is the best job in the world,” Delude-Kerner said […]

Jennifer Ortega Named 2021 New Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Ortega Named 2021 New Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Ortega was surprised by Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins this week with the 2021 New Teacher of the Year Award. Ortega teaches 7th grade reading at Lehigh Acres Middle School. “It was definitely a surprise.  I’m a little bit embarrassed but in a good way,” Ortega said shortly after being presented her award. “I always wanted to […]

Proximity And What It Means For Your Child’s Education

Proximity And What It Means For Your Child’s Education

By: Butch Swank Last summer, Lee County School Board member Gwyn Gittens and I were talking. It seemed to me that we shared similar thoughts on the current state of affairs for our kids, teachers, administrators, and schools. I, and so many others, love Mrs. Gittens because she is the rare elected official who takes […]

Half Cent Sales Tax Revenue Benefits Schools And Students

Half Cent Sales Tax Revenue Benefits Schools And Students

It has been two years since the School District of Lee County received its first disbursement from the half cent sales tax voters approved in November 2018.  The check was for $6.3 million.  Since taking effect, the School District has collected more than $163 million. “I can’t thank the community enough for their support,” says […]

Blessings In A Backpack Raises $20,000 At Inaugural ‘Brews For Blessings’ Event

Blessings In A Backpack Raises $20,000 At Inaugural ‘Brews For Blessings’ Event

Katie Bohannon, Cecilia St. Arnold and Connie Ramos-Williams In addition to offering food and fun, ‘Brews for Blessings’ helped educate families in our community about Blessings in a Backpack and allowed them an opportunity to help feed a child for a school year. A donation of only $115 will provide meals for 36 weekends for […]

Conservancy Of Southwest Florida’s Guided Nature Walks Resume At Clam Pass

Conservancy Of Southwest Florida’s Guided Nature Walks Resume At Clam Pass Florida grasshopper sparrow will probably go extinct. A conservation effort may be the last hope.

NAPLES, Fla. (Mar. 17, 2021) – Now, more than ever, residents and visitors of Southwest Florida are enjoying Southwest Florida’s ever-enchanting natural environment. As of March 1, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s guided tours have resumed operations at Clam Pass Park. These free walks require a reservation, and the maximum group size is five individuals. […]

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