During Spring Break, thirty Home Depot employees and volunteers enhanced the Samuel S. Gaines Academy campus with a Kids at Hope Garden. Volunteers installed an irrigation system, built plant boxes and fences, transplanted trees, and beautified the garden area with new sod and mulch. This garden will be a school-wide, student-managed initiative to learn how to plant, grow, and maintain a variety of crops.
The SGA Kids at Hope Committee, in partnership with the St. Lucie Education Foundation Inc., applied for and was awarded a grant from The Home Depot Foundation to fund construction of this vegetable and herb garden. Over the last few years, SGA and The Home Depot (#6376 SLW) have continued to build its partnership as they have sponsored numerous Kids’ Club events and donated materials to school-wide initiatives.
Thank you, Home Depot!
Celebrate Music in Our Schools with area bands and choral ensembles as they fill the Fenn Center with the sound of music on April 7 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools.
With over 500 students from across the District performing, audiences will enjoy a wide range of musical selections as students showcase their talents for their community. The concert, hosted by Jane Whitaker, will be presented in round robin style. The theme for this year’s celebration is Music Inspires! According to Whitaker, “Music is a creative process that serves to inspire and motivate both the performer and the listener.”
Music in Ours Schools Month was founded in 1973 by the National Association for Music Education. Its goal is to stress the importance and benefits of a high quality comprehensive, sequential music education program in our schools taught by exemplary music educators.
Every leader has to start somewhere and Girls State has been the starting point for many successful young students. The Girls State program is a summer leadership and citizenship program sponsored by the American Legion for High School students between their junior and senior years. Port Saint Lucie High Jaguar Battalion’s Cadet Captain Kaylee Zuidema was one of this year’s representatives.
During the program, the participants are first divided up into subgroups referred to as cities. The citizens of each of these cities elect mock municipal officials and representatives to the mock state legislature. The cadets get the opportunity to receive high school and college credits while learning about government and politics of Florida. Overall, it is a great experience for the cadets, and Port Saint Lucie High School appreciates the continuous support of the American Legion Post 318.