Garden City students review bus safety

Recently St. Lucie County bus drivers, along with the Garden City Early Learning Academy staff, reviewed the Bus Safety procedures with students. The students learned how to sit properly on the bus, back to back, bottom to bottom, and feet on floor. Other safety procedures were also reviewed. Students were given the opportunity to practice evacuating the bus in case of emergency. Time and safety were noted during this activity. Pictured exiting the bus is first grade student Darious Acrey with the assistance of Nuran Onal and Joann Brown.

Garden City parent involvement activity encourages good citizenship

Garden City Early Learning Academy held its Character Bee of the Month Celebration for Citizenship recently. This event was not only a time to recognize students for being responsible citizens, but was also an excellent opportunity for parents to be involved in a “hands-on” activity with their child. The activity included tracing their child’s hand, discussing and writing the ways that their child had made good choices to become a great citizen. Several students shared what they do to be good citizens. The students were honored with a certificate and pencil. Pictured is Yeraldy Salgado and her mother Liliana Perez working on … Read More

Garden City student wins prize for reading

Student Takara Thomas was the grand prize winner of Garden City Early Learning Academy’s 100 Book Challenge. This year, the school was able to accept a donated computer as a prize to the winner. The challenge was that any time a student read over 250 steps (62.5 hours) during independent reading time or at home, their name was put into the drawing. Many students met the challenge and had an entry into the grand drawing. This challenge was set up by instructional coach Alexandra Laoutas as a way to promote independent reading. Pictured are Takara and her excited father with … Read More

Garden City celebrates 100 days of school

The VPK class at Garden City Early Learning Academy recentlycelebrated 100 days of school!   The students have accomplished so much during the first 100 days.   To celebrate, they participated in various activities such as counting to 100 and reading stories and poems.  The class also made a Toy Store containing 100 toys.    The students made “100th day” party hats to wear for the celebration.   During snack time, pretzels and crackers were used to make the number 100 which the students ate,  along with apples from the fresh fruit and vegetable program.

Garden City Early Learning Academy students see stars

The Mobile Planetarium Tour “Growing Up Great Together Under One Big Sky” visited GCELA with an inflatable dome that introduced children to the night sky while forging cross-cultural connections.  Inside the dome, the children viewed a special planetarium show – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (created by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street and its partners, with major support from the PNC Foundation.)   Through the lens of astronomy, children joined Elmo, Big Bird and HuHu Zhu, as they explore the night sky and took an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon.  Each child received a daytime/night time activity … Read More

Osceola Magnet School adopts GCELA

A third grade class at Osceola Magnet School in Vero Beach adopted HeatherNesbitt’s first grade classroom for a “give back” Christmas.  The Osceola students all wrote two letters, wrapped a book and tied a holiday pencil on each package. It was truly amazing to watch the students open their gifts, read their letters and get really excited about a new book!  As part of a writing lesson, GCELA students wrote thank you letters to the Osceola Magnet School students.

The community comes together to provide Thanksgiving meals

Community leaders, businesses, and churches recently joined forces to ensure that children and their families could share a meal this past Thanksgiving.  Meals were distributed from Garden  City Early Learning Academy to 1207 families, feeding approximately 5,400 individuals.  Making the event possible were The Roundtable of Saint Lucie County, Kids at Hope, Garden City Early Learning Academy, Calvary Compassion Church, Calvary Chapel PSL, Calvary Church Jupiter, Wal-Mart Distribution Center #7038, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Harvest Food and Outreach, Tony Donadio of Donadio & Associates, Dr. Jeffrey Dinofer and students from Port Saint Lucie High School’s (HOSA) Health Occupation Students of America, St. Lucie West … Read More