Local Teachers Benefit from Walmart Teacher Rewards Program

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Walmart awarded 20 teachers from Allapattah Flats K-8 School with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students as part of the company’s Teacher Rewards program. For the sixth year, Walmart will donate over $4.5 million to provide 90,000 teachers across the United States with reward cards to help offset the cost of classroom expenses at the beginning of the school year. These funds come at a critical time, as many teachers will spend an estimated $1,000 of their own money to ensure their students have the supplies they need to learn throughout the school year.
More than 5,000 U.S. Walmart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam’s Club locations are eligible to select one local public school, grades K-8, and provide reward cards to 20 teachers from each selected school. Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, pencils, crayons and markers.
“We are proud to honor our community’s teachers, who give time and often their own money to ensure our students have everything they need to be successful throughout the school year,” Daniel Mojica. “At Walmart, we are dedicated to supporting our nation’s teachers by providing support and resources needed to continue educating the future leaders of our community.”
The Teacher Rewards program is an extension of Walmart’s ongoing support of local initiatives that help students, teachers and families better prepare for their future including programs like Breakfast in the Classroom, Fill the Bus and Farm to School.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com


Florida Council on Economic Education Names St. Lucie County Educator as the Next “Teacher Spotlight” Feature

(TAMPA) – October 30, 2015– The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE), is pleased to announce the newly selected outstanding educator for quarter two featured on our “Teacher Spotlight – Recognizing Superior Educators for Innovation in the Classroom” webpage is, Jacqueline Harris of Village Green Environmental Studies School in St. Lucie County, FL.

Ms. Harris is an energetic and outgoing first grade educator who was awarded first place in the Entrepreneurship Category, Elementary Division, at the 2015 Governor’s Award Program for Excellence in Teaching Economics, for her project “The Healthy Kidz Snack Shop & Eatery”. Her project, which asked students to run a mock business, challenged her class to use critical thinking skills in a real-world application. For her project submission, Ms. Harris filmed the students as they explored through role-play the financial and economic concepts of owning and running an eatery.
When asked what piece of advice Ms. Harris would give to a new economics or finance teacher she replied, “…commit to hard work, be truly dedicated to teaching economics from start to finish and remember that economics and personal finance are important aspects of our lives in the real world and are considered significant parts of preparing students for college, careers and the real world later on.”
To learn more about Ms. Harris and her award winning project, or the FCEE please visit: http://www.fcee.org/teacher-spotlight/.
About the Florida Council on Economic Education
The mission of the Florida Council on Economic Education is to prepare Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors. The Florida Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded by leading corporations and individuals throughout the state.
The Florida Council is an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. CEE trains educators to teach young so that they will be able to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, investors, and citizens in the global economy.


Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

ST. LUCIE  COUNTY – Ecstatic and astonished were the common reactions from St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year nominees as Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and an entourage of well-wishers surprised the school leaders with the news this week.

Mrs. Latricia Woulard, principal of St. Lucie Elementary, and Mrs. Michelle Herrington, assistant principal of Windmill Point Elementary, are this year’s nominees. While the two school leaders serve different schools this academic year, they served together last year as a dynamic duo at Windmill Point Elementary.  “Both ladies are exemplary in their dedication to helping their students excel.  Their innovation in leadership is fueled by their passion to see each and every child succeed,” said Gent.

The Principal and Assistant Principal Achievement Awards for Outstanding Leadership were established by the state to recognize exemplary school leaders for their contributions to their schools and communities. The program honors those who have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to spearhead initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments, and establish partnerships with parents and community members.  “I am truly honored to be recognized for doing what I dearly love,” said Woulard amid hugs and cheers.

Woulard and Herrington are veteran educators in St. Lucie Public Schools and have been recognized for stellar achievement throughout their careers. Both were celebrated as Teachers of the Year, both have held positions in which they led talent development as leaders of leaders, and both are voracious in their desire to bring to light the quality educational programs provided to students in St. Lucie County.  As one who benefited first-hand from SLPS, Herrington stated, “I am always proud that I am a product of St. Lucie Public Schools, LPA class of 1997!”

Theatre Group Performs at Manatee Academy

Theatre Group Performs at Manatee Academy

Manatee Academy 4th and 5th grades were enraptured by the performance of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by The Riverside Children’s Theatre professional group this week. Students and teachers have been reading the Narnia books for the last month and thought this interactive interpretation was “Awesome!


“Halloweengo” a Hit at REE!

“Halloweengo” a Hit at REE!

REE hosted their annual Bingo for Books with a Halloween twist thrown in.

Coupling it with a Title 1 presentation, the students then paraded by grade level across the stage in their costumes. Bingo then ensued with students winning a book every time they achieved BINGO!

Our ever fabulous PTO handily decorated the cafeteria and gave out creepy treats!

Everyone went home with a book and a smile!