The Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Fort Pierce made its annual contributions to school media centers at the April 10, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Members of the club annually participate in reading during the Read Across America Day, which is around the birthday of the author of Dr. Seuss books, at local elementary schools. Each school was presented with $250 for its media center. Pictured, front row, from left, are Fairlawn Elementary principal Marcia Cully and assistant principal Pat Gascoigne, and F. K. Sweet Elementary principal Juanita Wright and assistant principal Kisha Belande-Hinds. Back row, from left, Lawnwood Elementary assistant principal Kimberly Cain, Superintendent Michael Lannon, Lawnwood Elementary media specialist Lydia Schaperkotter and principal D’Jion Jackson, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, and Quinn Haisley, president of Sunrise Kiwanis Club.
What do exotic animals, a bicycle rodeo, and costumed characters have in common? They’re just a few of the dozens of free activities parents and children can enjoy together at the sixth annual Family Fun Fair presented by The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County in partnership with the Parent Academy of St. Lucie County. Pictured from last year’s event is face painter Hilary Newton with Anthony Ferraro. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, at John B. Park, formerly known as Lawnwood Sports Complex, 1302 Virginia Avenue in Ft. Pierce. It is a local celebration of the statewide Children’s Week. Festivities begin at 11 am and run until 2 pm. A “Steps for Kids” walk, bicycle rodeo, face painting, two bounce houses, balloon art, bracelet making, reading with the Star Bright Therapy Dogs, several different games and more are among the activities. Costumed characters will include Curious George, Smokey the Bear and the Healthy Hound. Live entertainment by Miss Janee’s Company B Dancers and All Around Gymnastics will be featured on the stage. There are lots of give-aways. The first 100 children entering the Family Fun Fair will receive a children’s book written by Rosemary Wells. The first 200 children entering the event will receive a gift bag filled with fun items such as a coloring book, crayons, stickers and more. The first 150 participants in the Steps for Kids walk will receive a pedometer. Every family will receive a free raffle ticket. Several prizes will be available and families can choose which drawing they would like to enter. Hamburgers, hotdogs, cold drinks and other refreshments will be available at family-friendly prices. All proceeds from the concession stand will be applied to the Early Learning Coalition’s local match. The Coalition must match six percent of the federal funds we receive for the School Readiness program. Treasure Coast Parenting Magazine, Inc. and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are the major sponsors for the event. Additional sponsors are Early Childhood/St Lucie Public Schools, St. James Kids Academy, Treasure Coast Early Learning Academy, Lil’ Bears Playhouse Preschool and St. Anastasia Catholic School. The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County (ELC) is a non-profit organization offering the School Readiness (SR) program, the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program, the Father and Child Connection (FCCP) program and child care resource and referral services. The SR and VPK programs provide high-quality early childhood education in order to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond. The FCCP program teaches men how to become better fathers and male role models. Child Care Resource and Referral Specialists refer more than 5,000 families to child care providers or community services each year. The Early Learning Coalition is a United Way of St. Lucie County member agency and all programs are presented in partnership with the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County.
The Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club presented its annual $1,000 donation to the St. Lucie County Education Foundation at the April 10, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The donation will further support the Foundation’s mission of providing scholarships to graduating seniors in St. Lucie County, as well as grants for classroom and school-wide grants for innovative instruction. “The Education Foundation board of directors is extremely appreciative of the continuing support the Kiwanis Club has provided to help in our mission,” remarked Education Foundation executive director Jim McKenzie. Pictured, from left, are Joe Mazur of the Kiwanis Club, Education Foundation president Michael Waninger, Kiwanis Club president Quinn Haisley, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Education Foundation board member Brian Garcia with daughter Sadie, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.