Aleshia Johnson Shares Positive Experiences

Aleshia Johnson Shares Positive Experiences

The Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year and 2017 FPWHS graduate Aleshia Johnson shared her positive experiences in school and with the Boys and Girls Clubs at a recent realtors meeting.

Aleshia gave credit to her teachers and mentors for support and inspiration along her admirable academic journey.  In turn, she has and will continue to be a motivator for others as she volunteers and actively continues to provide service to the Boys and Girls Clubs as a leader.

We wish her great success in her next chapter of collegiate studies.

 

 

United Way Annual Campaign

United Way Annual Campaign

Distinguished members of the United Way of St. Lucie County were present at the St. Lucie School Board Meeting to honor schools for this year’s giving campaign.

Campaign Chair Andrew Treadwell recognized the following schools for their outstanding contributions:

Forest Grove Middle School – Largest Employee Giving and the Largest Campaign Overall

West Gate K-8 School – Highest Student Campaign and the Largest Campaign Overall

White City Elementary School – Highest Student Campaign

Morningside Elementary School – Largest Employee Giving and the Largest Campaign Overall

Southport Middle School – Highest Student Campaign

Northport K-8 School – Largest Employee Giving

Treasure Coast High School – Largest Employee Giving and the Largest Campaign Overall

 

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. (https://www.unitedwayslc.org/p/2/home#.WUgoO-mQySQ)

 

Celebrate Academic Awards

Celebrate Academic Awards

May was a banner month for student participation in State and international competitions, and the District is proud to celebrate students’ accomplishments.

Project Citizen

Students in 7th grade classrooms in St. Lucie County have a unique opportunity to learn how our government works in their Civics classrooms. Each year they identify a local or State issue, research the levels of government needed to be influenced, the positives and negatives of possible solutions, and ultimately create an action plan. Students learn about public policy and the interaction of citizens and the government through their research.

This year, 18 schools participated at the District Showcase in January and three projects were sent to the first round of the State competition. Their research was displayed in the Capitol Building where Florida law makers has the opportunity to view each project. All three groups from St. Lucie were invited to compete in the State finals held in Palm Beach Gardens in May. The judges’ feedback was very positive and each group was commended on their passion, poise, and preparation.

Lincoln Park Academy

Yegor Bushnev

Mathew Mathew

Sam Chellis

Caleb Chellis

Drew Gale

Manatee Academy

Lennis McLean

Josalene Sanchez

Vivian Lugo

Mackenzie Selimi

Dylan Fox-Carter

Nader Abunaser

Mikabelle Joseph

Bianca Cortamilia

Samuel Gaines Academy

Analyesse Stockton

Tamya Miller

Nancy Charles

Baille Falzone

Andre Mcfarlane

Jaryxa Heredia

History Day

Each year students in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grade research historical topics under an annual theme. This year’s theme was Taking a Stand in History. Students were able to showcase their work in 5 categories: Exhibit, Documentary, Website, Performance, or Research Paper. The District Fair was held in January, and 21 school participated with a total of 259 students.

The State History Day competition was held at Tallahassee Community College on May 8th. Over one thousand students competed with over 650 entries. Of those, 45 students with 30 entries were from St. Lucie County.

“Angel” Vo from Port St. Lucie High School was awarded the Florida Heritage Award and the Outstanding County Award for her website on the environmentalist Marjorie Harris Carr and her stand against the cross-Florida barge canal.

The students who attended the State History Day competition are already thinking of next year’s theme which is Conflict and Compromise in History.

FGMS

Cathia Oge

Mya Forestal

Samuel Porter

FPCHS

Wilner Joseph

Zaine Parlor

Tru Rotolo

Elize Starr

NPK8

Matthew Pinto

Brandon Quijada

Brianne Yates

Palm Pointe

Delaney Cassidy

Jackson Martin

Joshua Rios

Taylor Milton

Summer Melrose

Grace Lloyd

Gabriella Lawrence

Ashley Tucker

Zandry Epan-Ramos

PSLHS

Andre Fernandez

Isa Alvarez

Maysen Jackson

(Thuytran) “Angel” Vo

Jamal Paul

Q’Markis Brooks

Jelisa Hines

SLWK8

John Melvin

Alyssa Bischof

Jessica Hunt

Kayla Permann

Rania Khawaja

SOMS

Victor Silva

WGK8

Grace Welby

Mariana Solanilla

Taylor Mealing

Hailey Mangio

State and International Science Fairs

Based on the project selection criteria from the Regional Fair, top-ranking students were selected to advance to the State Fair.  Escorted by their chaperones, they ventured from St. Lucie County to Lakeland for the three-day event.  Once there, they had the opportunity for their projects to be judged, to network with others, to engage in inquiry and problem solving, and to glean ideas for future exploration.

Haniya Shareef, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, is no stranger to innovation as her ratings at this year’s State Science and Engineering STEM Fair and Competition prove.  Her individual project, “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus T,” entered in the Plant Sciences Category was awarded First Place and the Division Grand Award.  In addition, Shareef was one of only eight students throughout the entire state of Florida whose project was selected as Best in Show.  The other St. Lucie County students participating in the State Fair also returned to the District laden with accolades for their ingenuity and creativity.

Of the 14 participating St. Lucie County students, 13 walked across the stage to receive special awards, categorical place recognition awards, or placement awards.  Congratulations to:

Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Plant Sciences

“Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus”

First Place, Division Grand Award, Best in Show (1 of 8 to receive this distinction)

Special Awards: Scholarship, New College of Florida; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Award; Society for In Vitro Biology Certificate

Catherine Horger, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

“The Effect of Indole-3-Acetic Production by Lactobacillus Acidophilus”

Second Place

Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Microbiology

“Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus”

Third Place

Riley Hogge and Alexis Moreira, Fort Pierce Westwood High School (Senior Division)

Team

Physics & Astronomy

“Catching Waves”

Fourth Place

Sreya Banik, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Mathematical & Computational

“Application of Chaos Game Representation of Genes to Measure the Predictability Using Random DNA Sequences to Determine if the Sequence is of Kinase of Phosphatase Protein”

Honorable Mention

Jillian Markle, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Earth and Environment

“Ugh! Another Invasive Weevil in Florida”

Recognition

Special Award: Florida Association of Science Supervisors Award

Callie Zheng, Lincoln Park Academy, (Senior Division)

Individual

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

“Can Human Fecal Specific Primers Be Used to Detect Fecal Contamination in Sediment and Muck Samples?”

Recognition

Special Award: Tomolka Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award

Jack Krasulak, St. Andrews (Junior Division)

Individual

Engineering

“Mitigating the Effects of IED Explosion Through Novel Hull Design”

First Place, Division Grand Award

Special Awards: Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Service Florida Engineering Foundation Award, Collier Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award, ASM Materials Foundation Certificate, Broadcom Masters Award, US Navy Science Award

*Best In Fair Award at the Star Science Fair

Riley Hamilton, Olivet (Junior Division)

Individual

Physics and Astronomy

“Testing Fluids for Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning”

Third Place, Division Grand Award

Conner O’Sullivan, Forest Grove Middle School (Junior Division)

Individual

Earth & Environmental

“Recharge, Repower, and Restore Energy”

Fourth Place

Asha Budhai, Oak Hammock K-8 School (Junior Division)

Individual

Behavioral Social Sciences

“Drop the Pressure”

Honorable Mention

Mason Kozac, Lincoln Park Academy (Junior Division)

Individual

Plant Sciences

“Savanna Mint”

Recognition

International Science Fair: Haniya Shareef  and Shreya Reddy

At the International Science Fair, Haniya Shareef was awarded 4th place for her project, and Shreya Reddy also made a positive presentation to the international judges in Los Angeles at this prestigious gathering of genius from around the world.

 

 

 

 

Supporting Recruitment and Retention

Supporting Recruitment and Retention

Congratulations to: Shelby Baker, Heather Conte, and Ronald Barr!

These members of the SLPS Human Resources Team were recognized at the June School Board meeting for their concentrated efforts on monitoring needs for and supporting efforts for teacher certification renewals, updates, and the like.  St. Lucie Public Schools is making positive strides in the area of recruitment and retention as it prepares for another banner academic year.

Safety First!

Safety First!

At the June School Board Meeting, Crossing Guards Martha Lewis and Annette Wallace were recognized as STAR Award recipients for outstanding service to children and their community.

Their positive contribution to the safe passage of students to and from school was appreciated by a citizen and shared with the District.  Both Ms. Lewis and Ms. Wallace are to be commended on their diligence at keeping children safe and drivers in check with safe speeds at the intersection of 13th Street and Virginia Avenue.

We thank you and congratulate you for your service!

Volunteers of the Year

Volunteers of the Year

The Senior, Adult, and Youth Outstanding School Volunteer Awards were presented by Volunteer Coordinator Martha Underwood during the June School Board Meeting.  Sharing the valuable qualities of each shining individual, Mrs. Underwood highlighted their service to schools and children.

Senior Volunteer of the Year: Joan Blake – Bayshore Elementary

Adult Volunteer of the Year: Suzi Scott – Northport K-8

Youth Volunteer of the Year: Nichapa Dancharnjitt – Lawnwood Elementary

Volunteers are vital to the success of school programs, and SLPS is very appreciative of the countless hours, energy, and compassion its school volunteers generously donate each year.  Thank you, and congratulations!

Teacher Career Fair – July 14

Teacher Career Fair – July 14

St. Lucie Public Schools is searching for high-quality candidates to  Create, Motivate, Inspire, and Teach students in all grades and subject areas.  Whether you hold a teaching certificate, statement of eligibility, or Bachelor’s Degree and have considered teaching as a career we invite you to investigate the possibilities.  St. Lucie Public Schools is the largest employer in the county.  We offer competitive salary and benefits, perks and discounts to sites and services and referrals for discounts on local rents or associated fees.  Visit our website at  Why St Lucie and visit our Teacher Career Fair.

SLPS Teacher Career Fair

Friday, July 14th

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

St. Lucie West K-8 School

 

Celebrate Academic Awards

Students Showcase Talents at International and State Competitions

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – As the school year wrapped up, so did the final rounds of academic competitions for science and history. On the international scene, Lincoln Park Academy’s Haniya Shareef reaped a big reward for her plant science project by capturing 4th place in this category. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair draws approximately 1,800 students from 75 countries around the world each year.  This year’s competition was hosted by the city of Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, back home, Port St. Lucie High School Junior Angel Vo was busy receiving the Florida Heritage Award and the Outstanding County Award at the State History Day competition for her website on environmentalist Marjorie Harris Carr and her stand against the Cross-Florida Barge Canal.  The State History Day competition was held at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee with over 1,000 students competing at this level.

All three seventh-grade teams representing St. Lucie County in the We the People: Project Citizen competition – a civic-oriented problem solving challenge – were invited to participate in the State finals in Palm Beach Gardens.  Student participants on the Lincoln Park Academy, Manatee Academy, and Samuel S. Gaines teams received positive feedback from the judges on their passion, poise, and preparation.

International and State Participants

International Science Fair

Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy; Microbiology; “Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus”

Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy; Plant Sciences; “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus;” Fourth Place

State Science Fair

Conner O’Sullivan, Forest Grove Middle School (Earth & Environmental; “Recharge, Repower, and Restore Energy;” Fourth Place)

Riley Hogge and Alexis Moreira, Fort Pierce Westwood High School (Team Physics & Astronomy; “Catching Waves;” Fourth Place)

Sreya Banik, Lincoln Park Academy (Mathematical & Computational; “Application of Chaos Game Representation of Genes to Measure the Predictability Using Random DNA Sequences to Determine if the Sequence is of Kinase of Phosphatase Protein;” Honorable Mention)

Catherine Horger, Lincoln Park Academy (Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; “The Effect of Indole-3-Acetic Production by Lactobacillus Acidophilus;” Second Place)

Mason Kozac, Lincoln Park Academy (Plant Sciences; “Savanna Mint;” Recognition)

Jillian Markle, Lincoln Park Academy (Earth and Environment; “Ugh! Another Invasive Weevil in Florida;” Florida Association of Science Supervisors Award)

Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy (Microbiology; “Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus;” Third Place)

Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy (Plant Sciences; “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus;” First Place, Division Grand Award, Best in Show; Scholarship, New College of Florida; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Award; Society for In Vitro Biology Certificate)

Callie Zheng, Lincoln Park Academy (Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; “Can Human Fecal Specific Primers Be Used to Detect Fecal Contamination in Sediment and Muck Samples?” Tomolka Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award)

Asha Budhai, Oak Hammock K-8 School (Behavioral Social Sciences; “Drop the Pressure;” Honorable Mention)

Riley Hamilton, Olivet (Physics and Astronomy; “Testing Fluids for Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning;” Third Place, Division Grand Award)

Jack Krasulak, St. Andrews (Engineering, “Mitigating the Effects of IED Explosion Through Novel Hull Design;” First Place, Division Grand Award; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Service Florida Engineering Foundation Award; Collier Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award; ASM Materials Foundation Certificate; Broadcom Masters Award; US Navy Science Award; Best in Fair Award at the Star Science Fair)

Project Citizen State Competition

Lincoln Park Academy’s Team: Yegor Bushnev, Sam Chellis, Caleb Chellis, Drew Gale, Mathew Mathew; Project Focus – Maternity Leave

Manatee Academy’s Team: Nader Abunaser, Bianca Cortamilia, Dylan Fox-Carter, Mikabelle Joseph, Vivian Lugo, Lennis McLean, Josalene Sanchez, Mackenzie Selimi; Project Focus – Motorcycle Lanes

Samuel Gaines Academy’s Team: Nancy Charles, Baille Falzone, Jaryxa Heredia, Andre Mcfarlane, Tamya Miller, Analyesse Stockton; Project Focus – Community and Law Enforcement Relationships

 

State History Day

Cathia Oge and Mya Forestal, Forest Grove Middle School; Segregation Today, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever Performance

Samuel Porter, Forest Grove Middle School; Dwight Eisenhower Performance

Wilner Joseph, Zaine Parlor, Fort Pierce Central; Defiance in Leaps and Bounds: Jesse Owens Exhibit

Tru Rotolo, Fort Pierce Central; Sophie Scholl and Her Stand Against Hitler Documentary

Elize Starr, Fort Pierce Central; Clara Barton Performance

Matthew Pinto, Northport K – 8 School; International Fund for Animal Welfare Website

Brandon Quijada, Brianne Yates, Northport K – 8 School; Hamilton vs. the Articles of Confederation Exhibit

Delaney Cassidy, Jackson Martin, Joshua Rios, Palm Pointe; Fredrick Douglas Documentary

Taylor Milton, Palm Pointe; The White Rose Website

Summer Melrose, Palm Pointe; Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield Exhibit

Grace Lloyd Palm, Pointe; Corrie Ten-Boom: Taking a Stand Against Hate Externally & Internally Performance

Gabriella Lawrence, Ashley Tucker, Palm Pointe; Josephina Baker Documentary

Zandry Epan-Ramos, Palm Pointe; Rosie and the Workplace Documentary

Andre Fernandez, Port St. Lucie High Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Documentary

Isa Alvarez, Maysen Jackson, Port St. Lucie High; How Sophie Scholl Took a Stand Against Hitler Website

Thuytran “Angel” Vo, Port St. Lucie High; Marjorie Harris Carr: The Fight Against the Cross Florida Barge Canal Website

Jamal Paul, Q’Markis Brooks, Port St. Lucie High; A Matter of Black Lives Performance

Jelisa Hines, Port St. Lucie High; Martin Luther Exhibit

John Melvin, St. Lucie West K – 8; The “Dark Destroyer” of Segregation in Baseball: Jackie Robinson Documentary

Alyssa Bischof, St. Lucie West K – 8; Jessica Hunt, Kayla Permann, St. Lucie West K – 8; Stories from the Second Wave: The Feminist Movement of the ’60s and 70’s Performance

Rania Khawaja, St. Lucie West K – 8; Benazir Bhutto:  Taking a Stand in History Research Paper

Victor Silva, Southern Oaks; Taking a Stand: Antonio Jose De Sucre Research Paper

Grace Welby, West Gate K – 8, Mariana Solanilla, Taylor Mealing, West Gate K – 8; Three Against Thousands Exhibit

Hailey Mangio, West Gate K – 8; Building a Hospital to Take a Stand: Dr. James Sistrunk & Dr. Mizzel Exhibit

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Pull Apart the Post-It

Pull Apart the Post-It

Frances K. Sweet 5th grade students were guided in a positive direction by rising senior Haniya Shareef of Lincoln Park Academy.  She conducted a motivational and career-oriented seminar for students by facilitating discussions about their potential career paths, presumed weaknesses, and identified strengths. Students were encouraged to recognize their weaknesses but refuse to accept them. Additionally, they were encouraged to emphasize and develop their strengths in order to utilize them as they explore and develop their potential career path.

During a seminar exercise, students wrote their weaknesses on one Post-it Note and their strengths on another Post-it Note. After the seminar, all 5th graders ripped up their weaknesses Post-it Note and saved their strengths Post-it Note. Shareef said this will serve as a symbol to remind students what they should be thinking and doing to support their future career pathways.

 

Spill the Water!

Spill the Water!

Spill the Water!  Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, so keep items around your home free of standing water this summer.

“Be a hero. Spill the water!”

Go to www.SpillTheWater for more information about mosquitoes and what you can do to reduce infection and prevent the spread of mosquitoes.

 

 

VPK Students Explore Their World

VPK Students Explore Their World

Summer VPK at Northport is off to a fabulous start!

Students and teachers are working hard to prepare for kindergarten in August as students have fun exploring books, learning about their world, and interacting positively!

Youth Leadership Forum – Restoring the Village

Youth Leadership Forum – Restoring the Village

Students from St. Lucie County learned about character, leadership, problem solving, and much more at this year’s Restoring the Village Youth Leadership Symposium.  Coaches and their athletic teams attended from area schools as well as youth groups and leaders from area clubs and organizations.  As this event grows each year, participants are looking forward to next year’s symposium!

 

SLPS APP

SLPS APP

Download the St. Lucie Public Schools App.

  • Receive up-to-date news
  • Gain handy access to calendars and athletic events
  • Enjoy on-the-go connection to parent resources
  • Access social media posts

Search “St. Lucie Public Schools” in your favorite App store today for convenient access to important information about your child’s education.

 

Summertime Meals

Summertime Meals

While summertime may bring up thoughts of vacation and relaxation, it is not a good time to take a break from nutrition. That’s why St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly supports the summer meals programs for kids eighteen and under. According to SLPS Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest, “Children who are eligible to receive free meals will find open sites on many school campuses. We serve breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  All the students need to do is register with the front office before they come to the cafeteria.”

SLPS sites offering this free service through August 4, 2017, include Garden City, Lakewood Park, Northport K-8, Manatee, Mariposa, St. Lucie West K-8, and Windmill Point.  Sites offering meals through July 10, 2017, include: C. A. Moore, Dale Cassens, Forest Grove, Lawnwood, Performance Based Preparatory Academy, Samuel S. Gaines, Southport, and West Gate K-8.  SLPS also partners with organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs to support summer meals at other sites.  For a complete listing of sites or to find a location near your, go to www.SummerFoodFlorida.org or dial 211.  Families can also call SLPS Child and Nutrition Services at 772-429-6229 for additional information.

When asked about the program’s success rate, Wuest said that her staff from Child Nutrition Services serves almost 4,000 meals and provides nearly 1,000 snacks daily. “Our children are in need of nutritious meals and healthy snacks throughout the year – summer is no exception.”

 

Summertime Meals

Summertime Is a Good Time for A Nutritious Meal

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – While summertime may bring up thoughts of vacation and relaxation, it is not a good time to take a break from nutrition. That’s why St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly supports the summer meals programs for kids eighteen and under. According to SLPS Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest, “Children who are eligible to receive free meals will find open sites on many school campuses. We serve breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  All the students need to do is register with the front office before they come to the cafeteria.”

SLPS sites offering this free service through August 4, 2017, include Garden City, Lakewood Park, Northport K-8, Manatee, Mariposa, St. Lucie West K-8, and Windmill Point.  Sites offering meals through July 10, 2017, include: C. A. Moore, Dale Cassens, Forest Grove, Lawnwood, Performance Based Preparatory Academy, Samuel S. Gaines, Southport, and West Gate K-8.  SLPS also partners with organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs to support summer meals at other sites.  For a complete listing of sites or to find a location near your, go to www.SummerFoodFlorida.org or dial 211.  Families can also call SLPS Child and Nutrition Services at 772-429-6229 for additional information.

When asked about the program’s success rate, Wuest said that her staff from Child Nutrition Services serves almost 4,000 meals and provides nearly 1,000 snacks daily. “Our children are in need of nutritious meals and healthy snacks throughout the year – summer is no exception.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

Teacher Career Fair – July 14

Teacher Career Fair – July 14

St. Lucie Public Schools seeks high-quality candidates to create, motivate, inspire, and teach students in all grades and subject areas.

Explore the possibilities as well as the competitive salaries and benefits. Visit our website at  Why St Lucie and visit our Teacher Career Fair.

SLPS Teacher Career Fair

Friday, July 14th

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

St. Lucie West K-8 School

July Programs – Hurston Library

July Programs – Hurston Library

Entertain the entire family this July with a host of programs at the Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library.

Storytime Jam runs every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2-5.

Legos at the Library is slated for Saturday, July 1 at 2 p.m.

Jam out with the movie “Rock Dog” on Friday, July 7 at 2 p.m. Featuring the voices of Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard, this animated film is rated PG with a running time of 90 minutes.

S.T.E.A.M. Power gets cooking on Saturday, July 8 at 2 p.m. Ages 8 to 18 can participate in hands-on activities that focus on science, technology, engineering art and math.

Make & Take Crafts provides students with a chance to build some unique summer crafts that they can take home with them on Friday, July 14 & 28 at 2 p.m.

Contraption Faction happens on Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Students (ages 10 and older) can get technical and explore different areas of technology including coding with Scratch and Ozobots, circuitry with MaKey MaKey and Snap Circuits, solar power robots and much more.

Power up with the most recent version of the “Power Rangers” on Friday, July 21 at 2 p.m. Featuring Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott and RJ Cyler, this film is rated PG-13 with a running time of 124 minutes. Permission slips must be approved by a parent or guardian for those under 13.

The Library’s Science Experiments program runs Wednesday, July 12 and 19 at 3 p.m. Designed for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, this program provides students with the opportunity to take part in hands-on science experiments. Come early, as space is limited.

The Summer Reading Entertainment Program takes place on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Check out the Kitchen Chemists on July 13; Mosquitoes: Florida’s Vampires on July 19; and the Read, Set, Move! Summer Wrap up event July 27.

These programs are free and open to the public – thanks in part to the generous support of the Friends of the Library.

The Zora Neale Hurston Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System is located at 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. For more information about library programs visit: http://library.stlucieco.gov or call 772-462-2154 or email rovitoa@stlucieco.org.

Summer Programs

Summer Programs

This summer, students are learning, exploring, and creating healthy habits. In the 21st Century summer program, the Florida Department of Health School Nurses are working with students to educate them about the 5-2-1-0 message and promoting healthy habits about nutrition and physical activity.

5 – or more fruits and vegetables

2 – hours or less recreational screen time

1 – hour or more of physical activity

0 – sugary drinks, more water

For more information about 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go, visit www.letsgo.org.