Lawnwood Elementary helps local food bank

Lawnwood Elementary helps local food bank

The students of Lawnwood Elementary School were busy collecting non-perishable items this month for The Harvest Outreach Center. The students loaded over 40 extra-large boxes for the center to distribute over the holidays. Pictured, from left, are ESE teacher and student council co-chair Kara Watkins, Ashon Moore, Alex Jules, Brisaldo Castro, and Dominick Peterson.

Bayshore Elementary student council sponsors food drive

Bayshore Elementary student council sponsors food drive

Bayshore Elementary School student council members sponsored a food drive to collect non-perishable food for those in need. Students organized the food so it could be dispersed to families in the community. Pictured are fifth grade students Kara Godown, left, student council treasurer from Megan Krinsky’s class, and Andyara Dew, student council secretary from Christine Mueller’s class.

Dan McCarty staff and students appreciate resource officer Hogan

Dan McCarty staff and students appreciate resource officer Hogan

St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer Todd Hogan, a former sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, recently visited Dan McCarty School and spoke with eighth grade students in the “Elite Eight” program, which features students who have expressed an interest in participating in community service and becoming better students. Deputy Hogan spoke to the students about his experience in Air Force and his tour in Afghanistan. He also thanked them for the gift packages that were sent over to his men from Dan McCarty and how much they were appreciated. Pictured is SRO Hogan describing his helicopter shown in the background.

Fort Pierce Central Army JROTC donates meals for local families

Fort Pierce Central Army JROTC donates meals for local families

The Fort Pierce Central JROTC program started a food drive to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties in order to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need. With the help of the Army JROTC program, led by LTC Nevárez and 1SG Randall, the Fort Pierce Central High School faculty and students, with the help of the girls’ soccer team, collected enough non-perishable food items to feed over 30 families, successfully exceeding their goals and expectations of 15 families. Each family received a large bag, containing Thanksgiving-related items plus a whole turkey. The program has held this charity for the past six years, and will continue to help and provide for the less fortunate.  Kelly Chicvara and Meagan Wiggins from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties are photographed with LTC Al Nevárez and cadets from the Army JROTC program picking up the meals for delivery. Written by CDT/1SG Connor Cheslock.

Pilgrims visit Northport third graders

Pilgrims visit Northport third graders

Students in Megan Castiglia and Susan Poveromo’s third grade classes at Northport K8 School were visited recently in the media center by Pilgrims direct from the Port St. Lucie American Legion Post 318. Pictured are Walter Sawyer, standing far right, as John Alden, with Rita Woodburn as Governor Bradford’s wife, Ann Mallardi as Priscilla Mullens and Gianna Vallee as Becky, a young child on the Mayflower. The ensemble told the students that 102 people were on the Mayflower crossing and only about half survived the trip, with only five women surviving. They spoke of the hardships the Pilgrims endured and also about the New World. Children learned that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president, designated Thanksgiving as a national holiday and talked about the food eaten at the first Thanksgiving, such as wild game, lobster, clams and mussels. Students took away three valuable lessons from the pilgrims: everyone had to work hard and pull their weight to live, not to waste food and take it for granted because the Pilgrims had very little, and that plain, simple people will do anything for freedom, including crossing rough seas in a wooden boat with few supplies. Special thanks to the American Legion 318 for bringing history alive for Northport students and offering each student an American flag. Pictured standing, from left, are Gianna Vallee, Rita Woodburn, Ann Millardi and Walter Sawyer with several students.