Students in Nardi Routten’s fourth grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary School presented a check for over $500 to the mosquito control and marine and coastal management services to buy a sensor machine to help track sea turtles at the February 14, 2012 St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The students had entered into the Disney Planet Challenge. The local environmental issue they focused on was the restoration of marine habitats with a focus on sea turtles. Their activities included beach clean-ups, planting and measuring various species of mangroves, seining and water testing. The students also wrote a book about two baby sea turtles struggling to get back to their ocean home. Their story is based on research about specific species of sea turtles. The books have been selling for $5-$6 each, and proceeds from the sale of the books were represented by the mock check. Pictured, behind the students in the back row, from left, are F. K. Sweet Elementary principal Juanita Wright and assistant principal Kisha Bellande-Hinds, County Commissioner Tod Mowery, Mosquito Control Coordinator John Tucker, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, and School Board chairman Carol Hilson.
Calvary Compassion Church members, a group of caring Treasure Hunters, will be recognized by the Board for a variety of contributions. They organized three huge events for Garden City Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary and the families of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. They successfully put on a wonderful Fall Festival for families that was held on October 22, on Garden City’s campus. They also coordinated a Thanksgiving dinner give-away for these same families as well as Christmas gifts and needed items. This group of caring people organized everything as well as coordinated the various agencies and volunteers.
The district winners in three categories — Youth, Adult, and Senior — volunteers for the year were honored at the February 14, 2012 St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The Youth Volunteer of the Year is Taylor Currie serving at Floresta Elementary School; the Adult Volunteer of the Year, Priscilla Vitagliano serves at Garden City Early Learning Academy; and the Senior Volunteer of the Year, William Arnold who serves at Northport K8 School, is pictured with, from left, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Arnold, Northport volunteer coordinator Lynne Gruszka, and principal Glenn Rustay.
Fort Central High School held its Annual History Fair Luncheon at the Cobra Café recently to honor the winners of the school’s event. Over 500 students completed semester long projects in their World History and American History classes. The students with the most outstanding projects were selected to present their projects to a panel of judges. The winners enjoyed a formal luncheon prepared by culinary students of the Cobra Café and sponsored by the Fort Pierce Lions Club as the community celebrates student success. Fort Pierce Central High will be represented by 37 students at the district history fair at Westgate K-8. Pictured are honored students, along with students are Central teachers and Lions Club members Arin Terwilliger in the Lions vest at left, teacher Sharon Ortiz, and Lions member Barbara Belcher at right, and principal Todd Smith back right. Exhibit Winners include:
Amber Most and Samantha Maye
Janisha Chin, Sabrina Kennedy, Kimone Chin
Sharon Ortiz, History Fair Coordinator and Lions member
Jamir Howard, Jamal Howard, Jeremy Hagood
Miachael Schwerer/ Sharon Ortiz
‘The Great Awakening’
‘The Revolver Reaction’
1st place Sam Vaughn
2nd Place LaWanna Miller
Alex Wolf and Jasmine Sigmon
Bria Wheeler and Tollisha Lawson
Kathleen Swinford and Danielle Freeman
James Lowery, Nicole Votino, and Michael Gulbrandsen
Students in three Allied Health Assisting classes at St. Lucie West Centennial High School recently completed a Financial Literacy Program in Mary Higgins’ and Elizabeth Durkee’s classes. The program consisted of 12 online modules and was completed as a class assignment. The program is offered through the nonprofit Debt Management Credit Counseling by Jason Athas, Manager of Educational Programs at Debt Management Credit Corps. He has been teaching these classes at Centennial for about seven years. Five of the students in the program received a perfect score, who are pictured, from left, Christa Oralus, Matt Leo, Jason Athas from DMCC, Levi Wesley, Taylor Ferruggia, and Holly Aldrich. All received a certificate for completing but also received a cash prize. Students were quoted as saying “I didn’t know credit was that important;” “It’s definitely something I need to pay attention to;” “The financial literacy program was a very good experience;” “All high school students should participate in this program. By learning about finances ahead of time, a person would be less likely to end up in a bad financial situation.”
Article submitted by Holly Aldrich