Northport K-8 fifth graders in Valerie Niewieroski’s class helped celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2012, at the school by visiting the Media Center and checking out new library books and playaways, which are books with a matching audio reader. Students are voraciously reading books utilizing the playaways. Sixth grade instructor Amanda Sartain commented that the students don’t even care what they are reading as long as they are using the playaways. The school media center is busier than ever helping families, students and teachers find appropriate reading materials and providing computers for research skills building and finding up to the minute resources and internet access. Much needed materials have been added to the media collection using funds budgeted from district planning, Follett Titlewish programming which is an online fundraising opportunity, the school’s PTO and community donations. The school also initiates usage of critical databases provided by the school district such as Groliers, World Book on line and Capstone Digital.
Cary Schott, Art Specialist at Frances K. Sweet Elementary, and Janey MacArthur, retired from Westwood High School, volunteered for an Empty Bowls program event recently at the Downtown Farmers’ Market of Fort Pierce. Students from several schools made and painted bowls to sell and raise money for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Pictured, from left, are Ms. Schott and Ms. McArthur.
Fort Pierce Central Culinary Arts students prepared and served lunch for 30 area leaders on March28 inCentral’s Cobra Cafe. St. Lucie County School Board Member Kathryn Hensley coordinated the lunch during a visit by Dr. Jack Payne, Vice President of University of Florida for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Guests included community leaders in education, research, and economic development who highlighted our local area’s ‘possibilities’. The students served a delicious lunch of spicy tomato soup, Caesar salad, and cheesecake. FPC Cobras are cooking! Pictured is Gabriela Garcia making Picatta sauce for chicken.
Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar ROTC Battalion hosted its 16thannual award ceremony where various awards were presented to deserving cadets. The awardees are selected based on exceptional JROTC performance and superior physical fitness, but a prerequisite for each award is academic excellence. The entire battalion gathered in the auditorium, anxious to learn who earned one or more of the various awards presented at the ceremony, such as the Sons of the American Revolution award, presented to cadet Captain Alex Seipel. Following the ceremony, the JROTC Booster Club hosted a reception for cadets who received an award and special guests that participated in the ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Jay Wise from The Sons of the American Revolution, St. Lucie River Chapter, and Cadet Seipel.