Students from West Gate K-8 were recently visited by Rick Bender, a cancer survivor. Rick is a motivational speaker who shares his story of surviving throat cancer after losing a section of his face to illustrate the dangers of spitless tobacco. He had the students captivated with his personal story and the information he imparted about the big tobacco companies that target the youth. From left to right: Dana Buehrig, West Gate SWAT advisor/ESE teacher and chairman of The Tobacco Free Partnership, Marcella Bianco, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with Florida Dept. of Health, Rick Bender, Cancer Survivor/motivational speaker, and Serena DeFrank, Health Educator with the Saint Lucie County Dept. of Health.
As part of participating in The Great American Smoke Out recently, students in the West Gate K-8 SWAT chapter created and unveiled a pledge board filled with pledges from friends and loved ones who promised to quit smoking for a day. This was in conjunction with the monthly Tobacco Free Partnership meeting that was hosted by West Gate K-8. Pictured, from left, are Dana Buehrig, West Gate SWAT advisor/ESE teacher and chairman of The Tobacco Free Partnership, Kelsey Melandes and Noah Binner, co-secretaries, Andrea Arvelo, president, Gregg Austin, 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Kayla Moccia, ambassador, Dan Regis, American Cancer Society St. Lucie Co. representative, Brittany Wesley, ambassador, Marcella Bianco, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with Florida Dept. of Health, Josie DeFrancesco, vice president, Officer Richard Swiderski, School Resource Officer, and Jordan Hilton, ambassador. Also in attendance were St. Lucie County School Board Chairman Carol Hilson and Area Assistant Superintendent Dr. Chris Taylor.
F.K. Sweet technology teacher Michelle Adrian is busy helping third grade students Jakissia Wheeler and Kamryn Gardner create a holiday wish list while using Desk Top Publishing. Students use this program throughout the year for publishing stories and writing letters. Students this year are also enjoying using Quizlet.com for multiplication practice.
Second graders Junior Edmond, Miles Biglin, and Alessandra Martinez in Julia Melville’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary are using base ten blocks while learning to subtract with regrouping. Go Math emphasizes the daily use of manipulatives to help students use a hands on approach for mastery of math skills.
The Rivers Edge Elementary student canned food drive was a huge success! The food was distributed to many families and everyone was grateful for the help during the holiday season. Pictured, from left, are students from Sandra Foley’s fourth grade class Esbeydy Dumas, Pasquale Giallongo, Derrick Brooks, Kayla Mayes and Megan Dugan.