On February 6th, students and staff of St. Lucie County were dressed in red in support of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness about heart disease in women.
Pictured are Treasure Coast High School dance class, under the organization of their teacher and Wellness Champion, Ana Bolt-Turrall, and Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts staff, under the organization of their Wellness Champion, Heather Ricksecker.
White City Elementary is a school which has 100% of its students receiving both free breakfast and free lunch based on the poverty level of our families. But often, when they go home, there is little or no food to eat. These families have been impacted by loss of jobs, illness or choosing to pay a utility bill over a food bill because of necessity. We are trying to help our students by instituting Grace Packs, a program whose goal is to provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner food items at the end of each school week to students whose families may be food insecure. But we desperately need your help in donating food items to our food pantry or making a monetary donation that will be able to let us buy these items. Currently we have 40 children receiving a grace pack each week but there are over 45 students on our waiting list! We need your help to enable us to add these students to our program and to sustain the grace packs until the end of the school year. Items we need include:
canned meats and pasta
mac and cheese
peanut butter jelly
Maryann Umile was recognized at Bayshore Elementary by Superintendent Genelle Yost as Florida’s Senior Volunteer of the year in Florida for zone 3. Mrs. Umile’s patience and dedication are evident in the over 15,000 hours of volunteering that she has given throughout the past fifteen years at Bayshore. Pictured (from left to right) are Principal Lori Anne Reid, Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools Genelle Yost, Maryann Umile, District Volunteer Coordinator Martha Underwood and kindergarten teacher Annette Hawkins.