What a wonderful experience! Darryen Noel from Mrs. Wilson’s class called Mrs. Gruszka, Northport Media Specialist and Young Authors Program Coordinator on TEAMS recently. They discussed his Young Author’s book and how much he is enjoying using his imagination and developing his writing skills. His book is titled “Lana and the Hidden Gem.” Lana is the main character. Lana is a spirit along with her teacher and two shape shifting dogs who are battling against evil sorcerers.
“As the Northport media specialist, it is a pleasure and a joy to continue interacting with our students through both books and writing. Darryen is interested in becoming an author and I am so glad that he shared with me. Big shout out to Mrs. Wilson for making this connection.” Many of our teachers have assigned our Young Authors Annual Program as an activity through Canvas. Great Job to teacher and student.
The show must go on at Northport.
Students at Village Green Environmental Studies School respect and cherish the Earth so, it was just natural that they celebrate the 50th year anniversary of Earth Day with a spirit week dedicated to saving the Earth. Students had fun each day participating in a different Earth Day theme as a reminder to their commitment to keeping the Earth clean.
St. Lucie Elementary kindergarten teacher, Talaya Reeves, was able to visit all of her students at home to give them much needed supplies. Mrs. Reeves applied for a grant from General Motors and Donors Choose – the Keep Kids Learning Program. She received a $1,000 gift card to Walmart and was able to gift each of her students with food, games, crafts, and other educational supplies. Way to go, Mrs. Reeves! Thanks for always loving your students!
Southport Middle School students and staff took part in a virtual “Inspiration Day” to help everyone feel a little more at ease with our new distance learning initiative. Students and teachers used their new learning platform to upload inspirational selfies, some even with their pets. They included quotes to remind one another that we are still connected as a school family and together we have HURRICANE STRENGTH! Please remember that we are all in this together, and we can and will overcome this. Take some time each day to “stop and smell the roses” as they say, and enjoy life each and every day. Hurricane Pride is not just a statement but a way of life!
Weatherbee faculty and staff recently compiled a collage of smiling faces and words of encouragement for students. .
Youth Volunteer – Alexis Wilson – Port St. Lucie High School
Alexis enjoys giving back to people in the form of volunteering. She accumulated approximately 131 community service hours within her high school JROTC program. Her volunteer activities include parking details at football games, providing daycare services, and assisting at the Botanical Gardens. She also helps at Southport Middle with school events. Furthermore, she has been volunteering at her church since she was 12 years old. She started out by helping in the Children’s Ministry teaching worship dances to the young children and has grown to train in a leadership role as a Sunday morning teacher for the 3-5 year olds. Alexis has also given a lot of her free time to her youth group. She helped remodel the student center at her church and runs a camera for Sunday morning services. She has even been on 3 mission trips through her Church helping orphanages in Honduras and Bolivia.
Port St. Lucie High School is ecstatic that Alexis Wilson is being recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Adult Volunteer – John Neilson – Ft. Pierce Central High School
John Neilson started as a student at Fort Pierce Central in 1979 where he was a member of the marching band. He graduated from Central in 1983. His daughter started attending Ft. Pierce Central in 2016 and he noticed there was little parent participation, so he jumped right in and got involved helping out wherever he was needed to support the marching band. He loaded the ice water coolers and made sure the students got their instruments ready and loaded on the truck. He assisted with the pregame setup of podiums and would repair instruments if he could. He built many items to help the band and served as a coach helping students learn the marching steps.
Ft. Pierce Central is extremely grateful for his ongoing support of their band program and thrilled that he is being recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools Adult Volunteer of the Year.
Senior Volunteer – Joy Custis – Morningside Elementary
Mrs. Custis had been involved with education for many years. She started out as a fourth-grade teacher at Ft. Pierce Elementary. Later she returned to FAU for a master’s in early childhood development. She continued to serve the county as a teacher at Lakewood Park, Morningside, and finally White City Elementary until her retirement in 2007. For the past five years, Mrs. Custis has been a volunteer at Morningside Elementary. She has volunteered across Morningside Elementary in the Media Center and in Kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. She helps out wherever she is needed and is always ready to take on a new challenge.
Mrs. Curtis states, “Watching children grow and learn and interacting with them brings me joy. I know how much time teachers give beyond their paid days to do the extras that make learning fascinating and exciting. I had some wonderful volunteers when I was a teacher and I wanted to give back to others. I think I get more than I give most days because of the staff, teachers, and children I serve. I feel so honored. Thank you to all who had a hand in this recognition.”
Joy is an amazing asset to the Morningside family, and they are so proud that she is being recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools Senior Volunteer of the Year.