|Dear Friend of Education:
We are off to a great start for the 2014-2015 school year. It’s already October, where does the time go?!?!
Your Foundation never really slowed down over the summer and the staff here was well prepared to jump right in with all of our initiatives that enhance and enrich the public school experience so that our students and teachers excel. Our work could not be possible without all of our great partners and sponsors! Enjoy this newsletter and see the fruits of all of your hard work and investment with us.
Marshall T. Bower, Esq.
President & CEO
Students compete at the Colors of the Rainbow event at Miromar Design Center.
An exciting new season of Dancing Classrooms is underway and this year, we have been given the opportunity to expand our reach to eight schools. We will be conducting both a Fall and Spring session with four schools participating in each. Colors of the Rainbow Team Match event for both sessions will be held on April 25, 2015 at Miromar Design Center.
Our first public event for this year will be the Fall session Miromar Outlet Exhibition on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Students will be performing the dances they have learned so far and have an opportunity to show-off to family and friends.
Take Stock in Children
Jo’Mazia Lewis,Shinna Valladares, and family enjoy a fun day in the sun at the Take Stock in Children Bunche Beach Clean Up.
Lee County’s Take Stock in Children program is currently accepting applications through Friday, October 31, 2014 for the 2014-15 school year. Staff members attended the Take Stock in Children College and Career Readiness Summit in Orlando on September 9th and 10th. We accepted an award for achieving gold status (only 19 of 41 programs received gold status). We also received the award for Best Partnerships for our Strides for Education 5K.
A student in the ArtSpeak program proudly shows off his work.
The ArtSpeak program successfully provided more than 170 children with autism spectrum disorders an opportunity to express themselves through art instruction in their classroom. According to the Center for Disease Control, autism affects one in every 68 children, and can leave children feeling disconnected. ArtSpeak helps give these students a voice by engaging them in the arts as a means to express themselves.
Visit www.leeschoolfoundation.org for more information on ArtSpeak.
Students presenting after their ice-breaker activity.
Our STEM Kick-off event was held September 17th at the Lee County Public Education Center. Students and business partners worked together on interactive activities, listened to success stories, and networked with other STEM businesses.
Education Resource Center
Educators choose supplies to bring to their classrooms.
The Education Resource Center is open and in full swing twice a week, offering free supplies to Lee County Public School District teachers. Educators may come in and choose from a variety of pencils, paper, books, DVDs, arts and crafts supplies, and much more! Our Annual School Supply Drive was a raging success thanks to the support of many local businesses and donors.
Supply Drive Partners:
BB&T Oswald Trippe & Co., Bonita Springs Area Chamber, Busey Bank, Cape Coral Hospital, Cape Coral Junior Football Association, Chico’s FAS, Cintas, Coconut Point Mall, Commissioner Brian Hamman’s Office, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, Dodson/Hair State Farm, Edison Mall, Edison National Bank, FGCU at the Cohen Center, Fiddlesticks Cares, Fifth Third Bank, Florida Title One, Fred’s Award World, Gary L. Green State Farm, Gulf Coast Church of Christ, Gulf Coast Medical Center, Health Park, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, LCEC, Lee Memorial Hospital, Markham, Norton, Mosteller, Wright & Company; McDonald’s, Preferred Community Bank, Rasmussen College, and Ray Hair State Farm. Thank you again to all the businesses who partnered with The Foundation to make this drive a successful event for the students of Lee County.
Students Helping Students
Foundation President & CEO, Marshall T. Bower, Esq., with Brennen, Caden, and Holden Gelinas.
Meet the Gelinas boys. These extraordinary young men collect school supplies by holding lemonade stands outside of various businesses and giving a glass of lemonade to patrons who either donate school supplies or give a monetary donation. They will accept everything from pencils and pens to gently worn uniform clothing. These boys give their collected supplies to The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools to lend a helping hand to the students of Lee County.
Please contact The Foundation if you would be interested in letting the Gelinas family set up a lemonade stand in front of your business.
Goodwill Donation and Shred Drive
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Goodwill Donation & Shred Drive! Because of your generosity, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida was able to provide for those in need right here in our community!
Kelly Thawley speaks with students at East Lee County High School during their annual Open House.
FutureMakers has expanded to seven district high schools including: Mariner, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, South Fort Myers, Cypress Lake, East Lee, and Lehigh Senior. FutureMakers is currently focused on increasing the awareness of possible career and education paths available to high school seniors, and will be measured by the percentage of seniors who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Students participating in a Classroom Grant funded learning experience.
Several Classroom Grant workshops were held in September, and applications are due this week. We anticipate receiving applications for many unique learning opportunities.
AT&T check presentation to The Foundation.
Matt Mucci, the Regional Director, External Affairs for AT&T, presented The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools a check for $25,000 to support students in the Foundation’s Student Advocacy and Mentoring Partnership (STAMP) program. “At AT&T, our heritage is anchored in the tradition of building stronger communities through the investment of resources and the commitment of the time and talent of our employees,” said Matt Mucci. “Our investment in The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools’ STAMP program is centered on the past successes and future opportunities that this program provides to at-risk students.”
“The STAMP program is another shining example of how business and community engagement with our District Schools, through The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, can lead to positive outcomes in student achievement,” said Marshall T. Bower, President and CEO of The Foundation.
C3 College & Career Center
College & Career Center ribbon cutting.
The Grand Opening of our new C3 College & Career Center was held September 17th at The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. This resource was established to assist students in the exploration and development of their post-secondary plans. Workshops will be offered on a variety of topics including: Financial Aid, Financial Literacy, Interviewing Skills, Resume Writing, Presenting Yourself Professionally, and Social Media Management. Donations are being collected in order to build a Career Closet. This will assist in providing an interview-appropriate outfit to students in need, based on availability.
The building renovation was completed through the generous donations of time, talent, and treasure from the following organizations:
B & I Contractors, Inc.
Suncoast Credit Union Foundation
The School District of Lee County
Claiborne & Ned Foulds Foundation
EnSite, Inc. and Jon Romine
Bank of America
Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
State of Florida Department of Education
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Bank of America
JROTC – Mariner High and North Ft. Myers High
Last year’s Golden Apple recipients get surprised in their classrooms.
Nominations for the 28th Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program are now available! Teachers are the heart of our school system. They nurture our children’s inquisitive minds and prepare them for the challenges of their future. They need and deserve our support. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will honor six outstanding representatives of the teaching profession in Lee County at the twenty-eighth annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Banquet on April 10, 2015, at Harborside Event Center.
Take time to nominate a teacher who exemplifies excellence in teaching. Outstanding full-time teachers employed by The School District of Lee County (Pre K through 12, including career and technical) are eligible. This includes school counselors, media specialists, technology specialists, coaches, and all special area teachers.
Selected Golden Apple Teachers Receive:
• Recognition at the Golden Apple Dinner to be held
April 10, 2015
• Custom designed Gold Apple and Gold Apple lapel pin,
created by Mark Loren Designs
• Membership in the Academy of Teachers
• Cash award of $3,000 for the teacher
• Cash award of $500 for the teacher’s school
Ford Next Generation
Learning Community Redesignation
Marshall T. Bower, President & CEO The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools;
Dr. Nancy Graham, Superintendent, Lee County School District;
Cheryl Carrier, Executive Director, Fort Next Generation Learning
Ford Motor Company Fund designated Lee County, Florida, as a Ford Next Generation Learning Community at a ceremony on September 17, 2014. This makes The School District of Lee County part of a growing network of communities that are transforming public high schools into career-themed academies. The goal of Ford Next Generation Learning is to guide communities in designing and implementing a plan with a proven model that significantly boosts student performance and readiness for college and careers, using the career academy model.
With this recognition, Lee County will:
- Receive ongoing guidance and technical assistance from the Ford Next Generation Learning leadership team as the community works to implement its plan.
- Join the Ford Next Generation Learning community national network and access best practices and practical solutions from other participating communities through peer-to-peer mentoring, online resources, webinars, and program institutes.
- Leverage the Ford Next Generation Learning designation to encourage economic development for the region to help demonstrate Lee County’s commitment to prepare students for high-wage, high-skill jobs in the community.
“We are excited to expand our collaboration with Lee County to help them continue to expand the great work they are doing to provide students with the skills needed for success in college, career and life,” said Cheryl Carrier, Executive Director, Ford Next Generation Learning.
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is proud of our national ranking!
Honor Roll Sponsors: