Fort Pierce Westwood High School junior Helga Vega, a 17-year old junior in the Marine Oceanographic Academy, has been named the Florida Department of Education Distinguished Sunshine State Scholar for St. Lucie County for the 2011-2012 school year. Pictured, from the recent school board meeting where Ms. Vega was recognized, are, from left, Westwood High School principal Mallissa Hamilton, assistant principal Mary Gregory, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Helga and her mother Alicia Vega, and Superintendent Michael Lannon in back.
Rivers Edge Elementary School leadership class students visited a local nursing home to spread some joy for the holidays. They sang carols, and served punch and cookies, along with distributing gifts to all the residents. The students were encouraged to chat with the residents and left with stories, full hearts and a few new friends! Pictured is Mackenzie Jock, from Melinda White’s fifth grade class, spreading a little cheer as she speaks with one of the residents. Also pictured are fifth graders Megan Massey and Carley Johnson. Thank you leadership team for bringing miles of smiles to share!
Students in fifth and seventh grades in St. Lucie County Public Schools will continue this school year with a program begun last year with Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute called Saturdays with Scientists. Approximately 200 students will meet with the VGTI scientists at three different high schools during the school year to work on real scienitific projects. The purpose is to spark an interest in science for the students. Pictured is the school district Science Curriculum supervisor and 2011 Teacher of the Year Cristina Veresan with students at Treasure Coast High School for a recent Saturday event.
The holiday season is usually thought of as a magical time, full of opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends, and a time for giving to others. In keeping with that theme, Floresta Elementary School students participated in the fifth annual 2011 American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Students from K-5 wrote letters and made cards expressing their heartfelt appreciation to the service men and women of the U.S. Military, many of whom will likely spend the holiday season in isolation, separated from families and loved ones. This program allows students to reach out to these individuals, recognizing their many sacrifices, and letting them know that even though they are far away, they are not alone. Pictured, from left, are Danielle Theroux, Aliyah Woods, and Mary Dolas from Amy Thomas’s third grade class.
Students in Fairlawn Elementary kindergarten classes recently visited St. Lucie County’s Central Fire Station. The students toured the fire station and explored the fire trucks. Some children were able to spray a real fire hose! Pictured is kindergartner Mason Cohen and a new friend.