Health Fair 2017

Health Fair 2017

Written by Jalisa Smith and Daphkar Rene

St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS) hosted its annual Health Fair on March 23, 2017. The event was planned by the Allied Health teachers Elizabeth Durkee and Mary Higgins along with senior students in the Electrocardiograph class. Community partners gathered to inform nearly 2,000 high school students on healthy eating, fitness, health care careers, and teen safety.

Centennial students were greeted by HOSA members and were handed a passport listing organizations on site for the Health Fair. They practiced hands-only CPR as demonstrated by the First Responder class and tested their strength and agility with Keiser University’s Sports Medicine Program students. The Diabetes Coalition and St. Lucie County Health Department shared tips on how to improve eating habits with an easy system. Life Alliance Organ Recovery encouraged student drivers to sign up as organ donors.

Important topics like abstinence, sexual trauma, and STDs were covered by the Sexual Assault Assistance Program of the Treasure Coast, 211 Teens, Children’s Home Society, Teen Choice Programs, Protect the Heart/Carenet, The Parent Academy of SLC and the St. Lucie County Health Department. These organizations not only educated students, but also told them about available local resources.

HOSA members volunteered to work alongside community partners which helped the event run smoothly.

SLWCHS extends a special thank you to Keiser University for its sponsorship contributing to a successful Health Fair. We greatly appreciate all the community organizations that spent the day with our Centennial Eagles for an exciting and educational school event.

 

 

High School Junior Is Two-Time Congressional Medal Recipient

High School Junior Is Two-Time Congressional Medal Recipient

St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) junior Christine Bourgoin of Mosaic Digital Academy was presented a Silver Congressional Award on April 1 at a ceremony hosted by Congressman Brian Mast.  Bourgoin is a two-time medal recipient.  Last year, she was among elite young Floridians from the Treasure Coast honored with a bronze medal for volunteerism, leadership, and personal development.

 

According to Jeanne Ziemba, principal of Mosaic Digital Academy, “Christine is extremely goal oriented and is a champion for community service.  I fully expect to see her here again next year as a senior going for Gold.” A log of her hours reflects that Bourgoin volunteered over 200 hours including an investment of 100 Personal Development hours, 100 Personal Fitness hours, and a 3-day, 2-night leadership expedition.

 

Since its inception in 1979, the Congressional Award has recognized youth across the nation who have recorded over 3.5 million hours of service to their community.  This prestigious award promotes initiative, service, and achievement with a goal of establishing a positive foundation for the upcoming generation of leaders.

 

High School Junior Is Two-Time Congressional Medal Recipient

High School Junior Is Two-Time Congressional Medal Recipient

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) junior Christine Bourgoin of Mosaic Digital Academy was presented a Silver Congressional Award on April 1 at a ceremony hosted by Congressman Brian Mast.  Bourgoin is a two-time medal recipient.  Last year, she was among elite young Floridians from the Treasure Coast honored with a bronze medal for volunteerism, leadership, and personal development.

 

According to Jeanne Ziemba, principal of Mosaic Digital Academy, “Christine is extremely goal oriented and is a champion for community service.  I fully expect to see her here again next year as a senior going for Gold.” A log of her hours reflects that Bourgoin volunteered over 200 hours including an investment of 100 Personal Development hours, 100 Personal Fitness hours, and a 3-day, 2-night leadership expedition.

 

Since its inception in 1979, the Congressional Award has recognized youth across the nation who have recorded over 3.5 million hours of service to their community.  This prestigious award promotes initiative, service, and achievement with a goal of establishing a positive foundation for the upcoming generation of leaders.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

SOMS Tri-M Students Road Clean-Up

SOMS Tri-M Students Road Clean-Up

The Southern Oaks Middle School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society has been busy with a road clean-up and sponsoring the band’s “Coin Wars.” Tri-M students walked 1/4 mile on St. James picking up trash, then carefully crossing the street and cleaning up our campus. We collected 7 bags of trash, everything from old broken pens and pencils, used batteries, to pieces of cars, broken bottles and unmentionables. It is a very rewarding, yet safe, experience for the students.

Nancy Stone and Elizabeth Carrasco

 

As for the “Coin Wars,” as of this writing, 3rd hour band is in the lead with negative $1.23. This will change. From the educator perspective, it teaches students about money and more importantly about negative numbers. Pennies are positive. Everything else is negative. Each class has its own jug, but all jugs are available to all classes. Students have made plans to sabotage the other classes. There are plans within plans. Their brains are in high gear. It is awesome and a lot of fun! There are some very smart students who want to win the pizza party for their class.  Let the games begin!

 

Coin Wars Jugs

Southport Memorial Garden

Southport Memorial Garden

Lynn Hoke, Southport Middle School Science Club Advisor, led students on a weekend event to beautify our school’s memorial garden and transformed it into a butterfly garden. It looks beautiful!!! Some of the Science Club members who volunteered their time were 6th grade teachers: James Saunders and Janice Williams, and our awesome Science Club students: Emily Pena, Bernadine Estinoble, Jesse Nicholas, Jamie Nicholas, Sydney Luppens, DJ Rickard, Elleana Ubaldo, Vida Mesa, Sarai Chavez, Veronica Pardo, Kyah Guitard, My Nyugen and Rihanna McIntosh.

This was a special project honoring our former Hurricanes. Thank you so much for beautifying our memorial in our courtyard.