Category: Kids & Children

New Therapy Using Sand Helps Grieving Children At Valerie’s House

New Therapy Using Sand Helps Grieving Children At Valerie’s House

Submitted By: Susan Bennett Playing in the sand is no longer limited to the Southwest Florida beaches for children at Valerie’s House. The nonprofit that helps children grieve the death of a loved one is now specialized in a new kind of play therapy, called Sand Tray Therapy. The new approach to counseling for Valerie’s […]

February Programs at Lakes Regional Library

February Programs at Lakes Regional Library

Submitted By: Courtney Barr Next month’s roster of activities at Lakes Regional Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free to the public: Adult Crafternoon: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 – Create hand painted glasses in this fun craft program for adults. Seating is limited; registration required. Book Discussion | “Project Hail […]

Family Initiative Receives $14,680 Donation In Support Of Autism Acceptance

Family Initiative Receives $14,680 Donation In Support Of Autism Acceptance

Submitted By: Jessica Wisdom Family Initiative, an autism and child welfare community services organization based in Cape Coral, Florida received a $14,680 donation from Reliabilityweb.com’s annual International Maintenance Conference. Reliabilityweb.com, based in Fort Myers, is committed to discovering effective approaches to making asset managers, reliability leaders and maintenance professionals safer, more successful, and more sustainable. […]

Representative Roach Files Bill To Eliminate Child Care Costs For Foster Parents

Representative Roach Files Bill To Eliminate Child Care Costs For Foster Parents

By Representative Spencer Roach Today, Representative Spencer Roach filed HB 945 to eliminate the skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs for childcare currently shouldered by foster parents in the state of Florida.  Despite state vouchers that cover a portion of the cost for early learning, there is often a significant difference between what the voucher pays and what […]

Valerie’s House Receives $500,000 Challenge Grant To Kick Off Capital Campaign

Valerie’s House Receives $500,000 Challenge Grant To Kick Off Capital Campaign

By Susan Bennett A $500,000 challenge grant has been awarded to Valerie’s House as the cornerstone of a $3 million capital campaign to help the non-profit organization build a permanent home and expand grief support services for children. The challenge grant was awarded by philanthropists David and Linda Lucas, who have been long-time supporters of […]

January Programs At Lakes Regional Library

January Programs At Lakes Regional Library

By Courtney Barr Next month’s roster of activities at Lakes Regional Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free to the public: English Café: 6p.m. Mondays, Jan. 10, 24, 31. Free informal, conversation sessions for adult ESOL/ESL students. Elvis Presley’s 87th Birthday Bash: 2p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 Join performer Dave Deluca for […]

Santa Photo RSVP Change at Edison Mall

Santa Photo RSVP Change at Edison Mall

RSVP Change To Note Beginning Dec. 23 Santa has been delighted by our community’s warm welcome and we want to inform you of an RSVP change as we continue to strive for a jolly time! Starting Dec. 23, reservations will no longer be available as we will be exclusively doing walk-ups. Please note on the […]

Christ United Methodist Church Welcomes The Holidays With Festive Events

Christ United Methodist Church Welcomes The Holidays With Festive Events

By Pastor Patricia Peña ‘Tis the season! Christ United Methodist Church has a calendar packed full of fun family-friendly events for you to enjoy through the joyful holiday season. In December is our annual One Starry Night Bethlehem experience being held December 10th/11th from 5pm to 8pm. Experience the original Christmas story as you walk […]

Are The Black And Brown Children In East Lee And Lehigh Receiving A Free And Appropriate Education?

Are The Black And Brown Children In East Lee And Lehigh Receiving A Free And Appropriate Education?

By Denise Nystrom According to federal law every child is to receive FAPE, a free and appropriate education. If not for being an educational expert who ran the human resource departments for school districts, I may not have known when I started attending the Lee County School Board Meetings that one should be concerned about […]

Holiday Bags For Local Kids In Foster Care

Holiday Bags For Local Kids In Foster Care

By Alyssa Stoner Katz Counseling and Educational Psychology is showing our Christmas spirit this year with our involvement in ‘Holiday Hope Cases’, a successful drive to help children in the foster care system. We want to give our community a chance to proudly participate by stuffing a bag then either mailing it to us or […]

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