Members from the Samuel Gaines Academy’s National Honor Junior Society are packing food for the Elks Weekend Backpack Program, a project to provide meals on the weekends to children in need. Pictured, from left, are Edgar Carrasco, Edith Raya, Adriana Calderon, Ebony Young, and Michaela Kelly.
The Facilities and Maintenance Department has awarded 2012 Summer Youth Internship Scholarships to high school students for the summer program. Congratulations go to Chard Phebe, pictured, senior at Treasure Coast High, awarded $1,500; Austin Fountain, senior at Ft. Pierce Central awarded $500; Lincoln Sterling, senior at Treasure Coast High awarded $1,000; Nickesha Deallie-Jerry, senior at St. Lucie West Centennial awarded $1,000; Mikeline Jean, senior at St.Lucie West Centennial awarded $1,000; Omar Guerrero, junior at Ft. Pierce Central awarded $250; and Cassandra Babington, junior at St. Lucie West Centennial awarded $250. 2012 Interns were selected by the Facilities and Maintenance Department and worked as interns during the summer. The Facilities Department funds the Summer Internship Program with an Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser this year scheduled for November 2, 2013. For more information on sponsorship of the Summer Internship Program or participation/support of the Golf Tournament contact Cindy Hill at Cynthia.Hill@stlucieschools.org, or (772)340-7104.
The Samuel S. Gaines Academy’s Lady Colts basketball team won the 2013 St. Lucie County Interamurals Girls division
A basketball championship with an overall win 26-10. Thank you to Donella Crenshaw and Shauna Cobb for devoting their time and talent in leading the girls to become champions. Pictured standing, from left, are Donella Crenshaw, Beina Jerome, Michaela Kelly Leroyeisha Thomas, and Jade Murray. Sitting, from left, are Mishla Pierre, Destiny Hill, and Aleshia Johnson.
Project Citizen is designed to help students learn how public policy is initiated and implemented at the various government levels. A significant portion of the Civics curriculum is allotted to this project. Students are responsible for identifying a community problem, examine alternative policies, develop a policy, and develop an action plan as a solution. The students in John Hett’s Civics class felt the problem of senior citizen (age 65 and over) depression is largely overlooked. Their research indicated 20% of seniors nationwide could be classified as clinically depressed. According to verifiable data the largest contributor was isolation. After investigating available alternative policies, the students realized there were very few. Part of their “Action Plan” was to form a non-profit organization named Students 4 Seniors. The entity would initially be formed and funded at the local level, with the intent of it being a model which could be replicated nationally. The basis of the plan would be to have available students adopt designated seniors. This would be similar to how older students adopt younger people in the Big Sister/Big Brother programs. Students 4 Seniors is the one of six projects being considered to represent Florida in the national competition to be held later this year. “Obviously the students are honored and excited about what they have accomplished as they should be. Regardless of whether they advance or not, we should all be proud of what they have already done in raising awareness for this problem.” Pictured, front row from left, are Emmanuel Riggins, Abigail Solorzano, Jeaniela Cazimy, and Jasmine Kennedy. Second row from left, are David Stephens, Michael Reich, Antonio Farfan, Ariana Mendoza, and Andrew Fenn. Third row from left, are Barneshia Tindall, Ladarren Johnson, Desire Creel, Antonique Scavella, Brandon Fore, Terrence Rivers, Jacob Klump, and Gabriela Lezcano Gamas. Teacher John Hett is in the back.
“Bugz” are taking over Danya Etter’s music class at Allapattah Flats K-8 School. Kindergarten through third grade students have been buzzing through this musical and are excited to perform for their parents and teachers on May 14, 2013. Some of the bugs include Lady Bugs who are in charge of proper etiquette, Army Ants who will handle picnic security, Fireflies will light up the stage, and butterflies that are to make everything surrounded by them beautiful. The students and teachers alike are eager for their upcoming debut. Bugz pictured, from left, are Jared Moorer, Shanna Graham, and Haylie Barbour as they rehearse their parts.