United Way Thanks SLPS for Support

United Way Thanks SLPS for Support

“United Way of St. Lucie County is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, and health. These are the building blocks for a good life — a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.

We invite you to be part of the change.

Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.”


United Way Board Chair Andrew Treadwell of Indian River State College thanked members of St. Lucie Public Schools at the June School Board Meeting for their support.  He expressed his appreciation, on behalf of the United Way, for the District’s on-going efforts for raise funds and participate in the organization’s annual campaign drives.



Peacock Dental Makes Donation

Peacock Dental Makes Donation

Peacock Dental in St. Lucie West donated 1,000 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to support St. Lucie Public Schools’ students experiencing homelessness. The support came after the local business heard about the McKinney Vento program and wanted to be able to provide something for students in our area.

St. Lucie Public Schools appreciates this partnership!


MDA Students Recognized by Broadcom

MDA Students Recognized by Broadcom

Congratulations to Mosaic Digital Academy’s Elizabeth Briglia and Trevor Gill who submitted applications to the Broadcom Masters national middle school science competition! Both were selected as Broadcom MASTERS nominees!

To be selected is a great honor—only the top 10% of science fair projects nationwide are selected for this opportunity. Elizabeth and Trevor will receive a t-shirt and bumper sticker, and could be named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (announced September 5th) or one of the 30 finalists (announced September 19th). The 30 finalists will gather in Washington, DC for a week of competition—including presentation of the research project and hands-on science and engineering challenges. Top prizes include $25,000, trips to STEM summer camps, and more. Schools of Broadcom MASTERS finalists each receive $1,000 from the Broadcom Foundation.

Local School Leader Honored

Local School Leader Honored

Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter received the Children’s Hero Award of the Year Award for “Time” from the Eckerd Connects Mission. The third annual awards event recognized local heroes for their dedication to investing Time, Talent, and Treasure to youth and providing them with opportunities for a second chance at a successful life.
A very special congratulations to Mrs. Ucola Barrett- Baxter!


New Program in SLC Helps New Grads Get Jobs

New Program in SLC Helps New Grads Get Jobs

Jon Shainman from WPTV covered a new program supported by St. Lucie County’s Economic Development Council that helps education and business interests. Read more about it!

New program in SLC helps new grads get jobs

First Ready To Work boot camp

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. – Aaron Timblin just graduated from Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce.  He thought about college, but now wants to find a trade.

“Because I’m more hands on and capable of solving problems on my own.”

He’s one of 22 recent grads taking part in a Ready To Work manufacturing boot camp, a new partnership between the education and business communities.

Phoenix Metal Products is one of six places the group will tour this week. The 46 employees here manufacture airline ground equipment, like stairs and water trucks, that are used around the globe.

“We’re looking for that spark from some individual that says ‘I really like this’,” said Wilcox.

At the end of the week, the group will have its’ own “Signing Day”, where they can sign up for a full time job with one of the employers on the tour.

“We’re doers.  We build things.  We want people that that’s what they want to do,” said Wilcox.

The most recent state figures show there are 62-hundred manufacturing jobs in St. Lucie County with an average wage of $50,248. That’s about 25% higher than the average wage as a whole.

“I want to find a career that I enjoy that would benefit me in raising a family,” said recent grad Matthew Bowden.

These kids were recommended for the boot camp by their schools.

“Sounded like a really good opportunity for me to get a job and not have to fight going from business to business to business,” said Aaron Timblin.