Calling All Dads

Calling All Dads

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) invites fathers and male caregivers to come back to school! On Wednesday, September 26, a movement across the state of Florida will be put into motion whereby fathers and male caregivers are encouraged to bring their child to school, sign a pledge of involvement, and demonstrate the value of being involved in their child’s education — Dads Take Your Child to School Day.


Dr. Kevin Perry leads the effort for SLPS, and he explained, “The movement in SLPS has grown significantly over the last three years, and we look forward to setting new participation milestones this year.”  A father who actively participates in the educational and social developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable.  Statistics from the National Fatherhood Initiative show when fathers and men are regularly and substantially involved in the education and social development of children, those children have higher standardized test scores, higher grade point averages, higher attendance rates and higher graduation rates.  Those children also have lower rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest.  As one goes up, the other goes down.  When you accentuate and improve the positive, you decrease or eliminate the negative.


While there is no magic solution to solve the concerns faced by educators today, getting fathers highly engaged is a huge step in the right direction.  Dads, Take Your Child to School Day is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of children.  It also marks the beginning of a year-long commitment by men.  For this reason, the movement is an influential and celebrated event.

Last year, approximately 3,000 fathers and male caregivers participated in activities in SLPS.  This special event in honor of dads and their support of the educational process is implemented as a MOVEMENT, not just a MOMENT!  Schools will continue to have a series of father centered activities throughout the school year.


About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit


Lincoln Park Academy’s Tennis Team Earns Award from the FHSAA

Lincoln Park Academy’s Tennis Team Earns Award from the FHSAA

The LPA boys tennis team has been awarded the top Academic All-State Team Award for having the highest combined GPA of all schools in our classification at 3.906. Congratulations to our team and coaches. From left to right: Coach Lisa Hevner, Khalil Jackson, Sean Frank, Cameron Slack, Andrew King, Simon Coroza, Andrew Priest and Coach Nicole Erickson


The Energy Bus

The Energy Bus

This article was published in School Bus Fleet —  a magazine with the latest news and articles about pupil transportation industry news.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Some 500 transportation employees here recently prepared to take students back to school at St. Lucie Public Schools’ annual in-service training.

The training program was held on Aug. 7 and 8 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The theme of this year’s in-service was “Hop on the Energy Bus,” inspired by the Jon Gordon book The Energy Bus.

The district’s school bus drivers and other transportation team members heard a keynote address by Julie Nee, a trainer with The Jon Gordon Companies. Nee elaborated on the book’s subtitle, “10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team With Positive Energy.”

The district’s in-service event was sponsored in part by Matthews Buses Florida and Seon Design.

With 316 route buses, St. Lucie Public Schools is ranked No. 61 on this year’s Top 100 School District Fleets list, which will appear in the upcoming October issue of SBF.

A Free Festival Making Science on the Treasure Coast FUN for EVERYONE!

A Free Festival Making Science on the Treasure Coast FUN for EVERYONE!

The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is holding satellite events throughout the Treasure Coast.

What do a tour of a world-famous orange juice plant, a paddle through Florida’s history, and a plant sale by Florida Master Gardeners have in common? They’re all part of five weeks of satellite events leading up to the fifth annual Indian River Lagoon Science Festival! The satellite events celebrate the scientist in everyone with S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) programs and activities for a variety of ages and interests. This year’s Indian River Lagoon Science Festival takes place on Saturday, October 27 at Veteran’s Memorial Park at the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce.

Check out science related (and inspired) events around the Treasure Coast for a variety of ages below. See full schedule and details, including any registration requirements, at

  •  Thursday, September 27, 3:30pm-4:30pm: S.T.E.A.M. Power! at Susan B. Kilmer Branch Library, Fort Pierce. Ages 5-8. Engineer your own musical instrument! Call 772-462-2154 for more information.
  •  Saturday, September 29, 2pm-4pm: Teen Tech at Lakewood Park Branch Library, Fort Pierce. Ages 13-18. Come explore the world of computers, technology, coding and robotics! Call 772-462-6870 for more information.
  • Sunday, September 30, 8am-12pm: Ais on the Lagoon Community Paddle and Breakfast, Florida Oceanographic Society and US Sailing Center, Stuart. Paddle the Indian River Lagoon with Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) and learn about the Ais Indians who inhabited our shorelines centuries ago. Check-in begins at 7:30am at the U.S. Sailing Center in Jensen Beach, with the paddle starting promptly at 8:00am. The group will paddle across the Lagoon to the FOS shoreline for a breakfast of grits and clams. Before heading back, enjoy a brief educational presentation by local historian and Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum. This event is free, but please RSVP at For more information, call 772-225-0505 ext. 113.
  •  Thursday, October 4, 9:30am: Tropicana Juice Plant Tour, Tropicana Products Inc., Fort Pierce. Tour the Tropicana Juice manufacturing plant to find out how Florida’s best-known beverage is made! This tour is limited to adults. Please, no opened-toed shoes, no dresses or skirts, no photography, Tour participants cannot work for a competitor. Space is limited, so visit to register.
  • Thursday, October 4, 6pm-7pm: All Things 3D at Paula A. Lewis Branch Library, Port St Lucie. All ages. Learn how 3D printing works. Design using Tinkercad and watch a 3D print live! Call 772-871-5470 for more information.
  •  Saturday October 6, 2:30pm: Frightful Coding at Morningside Branch Library, Port St Lucie. Grades K-5. Come create spooktacular creations using Scratch Coding! We will also create a take-home creation to practice your coding skills at home! Call (772) 337-5632 for more information.
  •  Tuesday October 9, 10am and 1pm: Piper Aircraft Tour, Vero Beach. Ages 10 and up; children aged 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. The tours of this aircraft manufacturing facility last approximately two hours. Online registration through Eventbrite is required for these free tours and space is limited. Call 772-299-2820 or email for more information.
  •  Saturday October 13, 8am: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services Master Gardener Plant Sale, St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension Office (8400 Picos Road, Fort Pierce). All ages. Stock up on beautiful new plants for your garden and enjoy a hands-on science demonstration from 9am-11am. Call 772-462-1660 for more information.
  •  Thursday October 18, 6pm: Suds and Science, Walking Tree Brewery, Vero Beach. Free tour focused on the science of brewing, including a short introduction to current agricultural research of Florida hops-growing techniques. Tour will be followed by beer science trivia! Tours start at 6:00, trivia starts at 7:00. Call 772-217-3502 for more information.
  •  Saturday October 20, 2pm: Contraption Faction at Zora Neale Hurston Library Branch, Fort Pierce. Ages 8 and up. Let’s get techie! Boys and girls ages 8 and up are invited to join us for a hands-on exploration of technology. No advanced registration is necessary but space is limited. Call 772-462-2154 for more information.
  •  Saturday, October 20, 3pm: Hour of Code at Port St Lucie Branch Library, Port St Lucie. Grades K-5. Minecraft themed class teaching some basic coding skills by using code to take Alex or Steve on an Adventure. Space is limited! Call 772-871-5450 for more information.

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Specialty License Plate Program, LEGO Education, Sunrise Ford, and the generous support of WGYL 93.7, WJKD 99.7, WPHR 94.7, WOSN 97.1, WTTB 1490, Waste Pro, Indian River State College and ECO Magazine.

Can’t get enough of IRL Science Festival events? We’re currently looking for event volunteers to assist us with set up, break down, and everything in between on October 26 and October 27. Minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. More information can be found at If you are interested in being an exhibitor, exhibitor registration is open online until October 5 at

About the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival

Established in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is a two week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) that culminates with a large-scale community event. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEAM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance ( since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit #IRLsciencefest


Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

September is Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month. This is a national campaign to inform people how easy it is to get 5 – 7 servings of fruits and veggies in our daily diet. Fruits and vegetables contribute much needed vitamins, minerals, and fiber to the diet which helps reduce the incidence of chronic disease.

For children ages 2-18, the recommended fruit and vegetable intake ranges from 1-2 cups of fruit and 1-3 cups of vegetables. Recommended intakes are based on age, sex and activity level. A report from CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly looked at fruit and vegetable intake over four different yearly cycles, 2003-2010 and found that fruit intake, excluding fruit juice, increased by 12%. While vegetable intake remained the same. The report also stated, “About 60% of children consume fewer fruits than recommended, and 93% of children consume few vegetables than recommended.”

Increasing our fruit and vegetable intake is easy with a little planning and a few prompts to remember. Include fruit with breakfast. Choose healthy snacks that include a fruit or vegetable paired with a protein source, such as, hummus with baby carrots or grapes with string cheese. For lunch, include a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables with your entrée. At dinner, include 2 servings of vegetables along with your entrée. The example nets 2-3 fruits a day with 3-4 vegetables depending on snacks. If all else fails, think MyPlate and fill half of your plate at every meal with fruits and vegetables.

Challenge yourself and your family to include at least one more fruit and one more vegetable every day with a meal through the month of September for Fruit and Vegetable – More Matters Month!  The fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen, canned, or dried. All forms count.

For more information:

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly

How many fruits and vegetables do you need?