In a united effort, St. Lucie Public Schools and PNC Bank spread the joy of literacy by participating with others around the world in Read for the Record. Guest readers from PNC Bank thrilled children in pre-kindergarten classrooms across the district by reading the book Quackers. #GrowUpGreat #StLucieProud
“Timing is everything.” Never before has a statement uttered been more true. This week, Soraya Rooney and an outreach team from First United Methodist Church presented St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) with a $2,000 check to support the needs of homeless children in St. Lucie County (SLC). This windfall came from a golf tournament fundraiser held for just that purpose in August prior to the storms.
According to Kandiss Davis, Choice Program Specialist for SLPS, “Sixty percent of our inventory to aid homeless children registering for school was lost due to the flooding we experienced in our District offices. We are just now trying to recuperate so that our children do not feel any lapse in service.” Since September 18th, SLPS has identified 307 more homeless students. Of those, 187 are homeless due to recent weather events.
Rooney and her team are committed to supporting children in SLC. They see their work as a positive way to help children in need and plan to host another golf tournament next year to continue their support for homeless children in SLC.
Currently, SLPS has identified over 900 students as homeless. Unfortunately, these numbers continue to rise. Kylee Fuhr serves as the District’s homeless liaison. With the support of community partners, SLPS provides students identified as homeless with school-appropriate clothing and shoes, backpacks, school supplies, hygiene kits, and tutorial services when needed. School stability is the focus of the SLPS program. For more information or to become a partner in education, call (772) 429-3930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Lucie West K8 (SLWK8) is excited to welcome our first monthly Speakers Bureau speaker in partnership with Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS School Board Vice-Chairperson. Each month, SLWK8 along with other schools, hosts guest speakers who encourage and motivate students to make good choices, use positive role models and learn to find their passion and purpose in life.
SLWK8’s guest speaker was Mr. Samuel McDuffie, basketball coach and motivational speaker. Mr. McDuffie spoke insightfully to our eighth grade Sharks. He gave background information about himself and about his youth. He encouraged students to think bigger and to be resolved and focused.
The Speakers Bureau extends to our students a great opportunity, and we look forward to working with Dr. Mills and with the many who are willing to share their inspiring stories with our students.
Educators coming together to help educators is the underlying theme of this year’s annual West Gate K8 Hispanic Heritage Festival and Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, November 18th on the school’s campus located at 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd. in Port Saint Lucie. Community members are invited to enjoy music, games, live performances, and a variety of food from 1PM to 5PM.
Many schools in Puerto Rico were left in ruins as a result of the devastating winds and rain from Hurricane Maria. Event organizer, Assistant Principal Esther Muniz-Guzman, explained that donated items such as paper, pencils, glue sticks, and other school supplies will be collected during the Festival. “All proceeds from this event will go to the restoration of schools in Puerto Rico,” she said. “We also accept monetary donations. No gift is too small.”
West Gate’s planning team is dedicated to making this year’s Festival one of the largest in the school’s 5-year history of annual Hispanic Celebrations. Spurred by personal connections to those who have been impacted by losses resulting from recent weather events and by a deep passion to help others, the committee has already secured special performances by Hispanic recording artist Chamoco Rivera before he embarks upon his European tour, championship wrestling entertainment and autograph sessions, 20th Street Jazz Band, Sheriff’s Department canine demonstrations, and staging by the SLC Fire Department. In addition, event attendees will also enjoy bounce houses, Fort Pierce Central and West Gate bands, face painting, food vendors, and much more. This festival promises to be fun for the whole family while beneficial to those in need.
For questions or information about how to be a vendor, call Esther Muniz-Guzman at 772-807-7605.
Students in Mrs. Auciello’s first grade class at Mariposa Elementary used Play-Doh and toothpicks to create a 3-dimensional cube! The students figured out that they needed 6 Play-Doh vertices and 12 toothpick edges.
Pictured are Andrew Newhouse, Jaxson Plantier, Malia Johnson, Jaistyn Thurston, and Madelyn Farrell.
What a great way to learn about the defining attributes of 3D shapes!