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East Lee County Chamber Donations Made Art Themed Summer Camps Possible For Middle School Students

August 2, 2022

By Dr. Joe Restino, Vice – Principal – Harns Marsh  Middle School...

Back to Campus!

August 2, 2022

By Alina Gonzalez-Dockery, Esquire; Life Law Planning August is here which brings...

Edison Mall Welcomes The Lee County Community Back To School

August 2, 2022

By Angeli Chin The start of a new school year can bring...

Summer Breakspot To Provide Free Breakfast And Lunch While School Is Out

June 8, 2022

Submitted By Rob Spicker The School District of Lee County is partnering...

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Physicians’ Primary Care Of Southwest Florida Earns National Recognition For Patient-Centered Care

October 5, 2021

By: Susan Bennett The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has once again received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida...

Publix Super Market Charities Donates Towards 53 Foot Trailer For Midwest Food Bank Florida

October 5, 2021

By: Midwest Food Bank Midwest Food Bank of Florida – a volunteer-driven, faith-based organization dedicated to alleviating hunger, malnutrition and providing disaster relief locally receives generous contribution towards essential fleet trailers from Publix Super Market Charities. In 2020, the Midwest Food Bank Florida truck drove over 170,000 miles, rescuing over...

Rising In The East: A Message From Sheriff Marceno

October 5, 2021

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno At times, I believe that people forget that driving a motor vehicle is a privilege…not a right granted by the Constitution. As a privilege granted to those who demonstrate the skills and abilities necessary to operate a multi-ton piece of machinery, this privilege comes with a...

Edison Mall Gives Thanks to Local Teachers

September 16, 2021

Honoring Our Educational Frontline Workers With A Day Of Appreciation By: Angeli Chin The start of a new school year can bring about excitement, whether through reconnecting with friends or preparing for a year full of new things to learn. Whether students and teachers are reentering the classroom for the...

Lee County School District Earns 2021 Aetna Workplace Well-Being Award

September 1, 2021

Submitted By: Rob Spicker The School District of Lee County is proud to announce it has received an Above and Beyond Silver level Aetna Workplace Well-being Award. The District has a strong commitment to improving employee health and features a comprehensive well-being strategy that employees are passionate about. The award...

Child Care of Southwest Florida elevates STEAM instruction through grant

July 15, 2021

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,...

Florida SouthWestern Sate College

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

July 7, 2021

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...

Career Connections: The Value of Community in a Pandemic

July 1, 2021

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...

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

June 16, 2021

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...

School District Honors 2020 APPLES Mentor of the Year

June 16, 2021

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...

Jennifer Ortega Named 2021 New Teacher of the Year

June 7, 2021

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...

Proximity And What It Means For Your Child’s Education

May 3, 2021

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...

Half Cent Sales Tax Revenue Benefits Schools And Students

April 30, 2021

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...

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

April 29, 2021

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...

Florida grasshopper sparrow will probably go extinct. A conservation effort may be the last hope.

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

April 29, 2021

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...

29 Students Honored As Carson Scholars

April 29, 2021

The School District of Lee County is excited to announce 29 students have been honored as 2021 Carson Scholars.  The Carson Scholars Fund will provide each student with a $1,000 College Scholarship. The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving...

School Board Chair Debbie Jordan Earns Certified Board Member Distinction From FSBA

April 28, 2021

The School District of Lee County is proud to announce that Lee County School Board Chair Debbie Jordan has earned the distinction of Certified Board Member from the Florida School Boards Association. “Becoming a Certified Board Member means so much to me,” Jordan says. “Through my training it has allowed...

US Navy Donates Two Helicopter Engines To Fort Myers Technical College

April 28, 2021

Students in Fort Myers Technical College Turbine Generator Maintenance, Inspection and Repair program are getting hands on experience thanks to the US Navy.  The Navy just donated two H-60 Helicopter Engines to Fort Myers Tech. “Having these engines really helps illustrate (on a smaller scale) what a powerplant does, which...

The School District of Lee County

Students Earn Scholarships To Become Teachers

April 27, 2021

Four high school seniors were awarded scholarships today to continue their education and become teachers for the School District of Lee County.  Congratulations to Michel’le Bridley, Jonathan Arboleda, Kassandra Cooper, and Yaricela Vargas. The School District sponsors the Grow Your Own Scholarship funded by the state legislature.  Suncoast Credit Union also sponsors...

Florida SouthWestern Sate College

FSW Tackles Textbook Affordability With Open Educational Resources

April 12, 2021

MARCH 9, 2021 – FORT MYERS, FLA – As the cost of earning a college degree continues to increase, many colleges, including Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW), have begun to embrace open educational resources (OERs). OERs are free, openly licensed online textbooks and other digital assets that can be used in...

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