Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson and Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faeilla have begun a recognition program to honor public schools in their communities that have shown continued excellence, improved student achievement, and innovation. Pictured is Mayor Faeilla, left, with Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter at Parkway Elementary School in Port St. Lucie, and Mayor Hudson with Principal Juanita Wright at Frances K. Sweet Elementary in Fort Pierce.
Northport K-8 Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka, with the collaboration of a network of Northport teachers, put together an authentic, student empowering program recently in honor of Women’s History Month. Students researched and paid tribute to women such as Condoleeza Rice, Susan B. Anthony, Mother Theresa, Joan of Arc, Rosie the Riveter, Margaret Thatcher and many more. Students sang a special selection of the National Anthem as a tribute to strong women in the military, a student rendition of Maya Angelou’s famous poem “Phenomenal Woman” with a dance routine, and a rousing rendition of “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge was sung by students in Juliette Thelusma’s fourth grade class. The finale of the program was the traditional singing of Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman!” Pictured are sixth grade Starfish students Alyssa Reaver, Toni Ann Salerno, Mikyla Foucault, Mackenzie Hunsicker and Daphne Sheets who wrote and performed a skit in honor of their teachers. Students are standing in front of a hand painted depiction of Rosie The Riveter presented to Lynne Gruszka by volunteer Rosemary Lambert.