Buddy Bench – Save Those Caps

Buddy Bench – Save Those Caps

Residents and community members are encouraged to collect plastic bottle caps and lids — which typically cannot be recycled locally -and help Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful re-use and transform them into community “buddy benches.”

Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful will officially kick off this new Buddy Bench project on America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, 2018 with a 10:30 a.m. rally at West Gate K-8 School. KPSLB received a $500 Waste-in­-Place Grant from Keep Florida Beautiful to get the project off the ground, which is part of a nationwide movement to give children a place to sit with a buddy when they are feeling alone or bullied.

KPSLB partnered with several City departments (Communications, Neighborhood Services, Police and Utility Systems), Waste Pro and the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, whose members have become ambassadors for the project. The City also is working with three local schools for the initial phase of the project: Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8 and West Gate K-8.

“This Buddy Bench project is a perfect fit with Keep Port St. Lucie’s goal to expand awareness for litter prevention and recycling,” said Georgette Beck, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful Coordinator. “It also allows us to work on the City’s strategic goals to partner with our local schools and to keep Port St. Lucie safe, clean and beautiful.”

Each school will need to collect 200 pounds of caps to create their one bench. Once collected, KPSLB will send the caps to Green Tree Plastics, based in Evansville, IN, which has created a program designed to fabricate the benches to help educate students about recycling.

Community members are invited and encouraged to help the students reach their 200 pound of caps goal. Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful has placed blue buckets at four City locations for residents to drop off their clean collected caps:

• City Hall Lobby, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.
• PSL Civic Center -Recreation area, 9221 SE Civic Center Place
• PSL Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd
• Port St. Lucie Police Department

Any local business or community group that would like to set up a collection spot can contact Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful at 772-871-5103. The attached flyer lists the specific types of accepted caps and lids. This project will wrap up on April 20, 2019 at KPSLB’s Caring Community Clean Up and Celebration Day.

Buddy Benches Arrive at Northport K-8 Playground

Buddy Benches Arrive at Northport K-8 Playground

Part of what makes Northport K-8 community-friendly is their continued battle against bullying. At Northport K-8, students and families are educated to stand up against bullying in all forms. This year, thanks to two community business partners who help make Northport K-8 flourish, IDProducts Source and David Toth Construction, donated enough money to bring our students two “Buddy Benches.” The community cares about our children and these donations put real, first rate effort into community service and community action.  Northport K-8 is so grateful!

 

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – On Saturday April 22, test drive a new Buick and help Buick donate up to $10,000 to Treasure Coast High School located at 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. in Port St. Lucie. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

The Sheriff’s Department will provide free fingerprinting for children and officers will be on site with their pop-up recreational center.  Food and drinks will also be available during the Buick Test Drive Event.

Participants will sign-in at the gym entrance in the back of Treasure Coast High School.  To test drive, drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our bands and athletic teams to work with a strong educational partner like Garber Buick GMC,” said Principal Susan Seal.  “We are always in need of additional funds to meet the needs of our students so they have opportunities to compete in festivals and competitions to flex their talents.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft Pierce.  Garber Buick GMC has been in their new showroom for one year. The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

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.

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BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

On Saturday April 22, test drive a new Buick and help Buick donate up to $10,000 to Treasure Coast High School located at 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. in Port St. Lucie.  Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

The Sheriff’s Department will provide free fingerprinting for children and officers will be on site with their pop-up recreational center.  Food and drinks will also be available during the Buick Test Drive Event.

Participants will sign-in at the gym entrance in the back of Treasure Coast High School.  To test drive, drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our bands and athletic teams to work with a strong educational partner like Garber Buick GMC,” said Principal Susan Seal.  “We are always in need of additional funds to meet the needs of our students so they have opportunities to compete in festivals and competitions to flex their talents.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft Pierce.  Garber Buick GMC has been in their new showroom for one year. The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

 

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – On Saturday November 11, test drive a new Buick and help St. Lucie West Centennial High School located at 1485 Cashmere Boulevard in Port St. Lucie receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

Participants will sign-in at the front of St. Lucie West Centennial’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

Principal Andrea Popwell couldn’t be happier. “Our athletic teams, bands, and choral ensembles excel and often have opportunities beyond what our budgets allow.” She added, “Fundraising events with strong educational partners like Garber Buick GMC help us supplement the budgetary shortfalls so our students can flex their talents at high level competitions and festivals.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

On Saturday November 11, test drive a new Buick and help St. Lucie West Centennial High School located at 1485 Cashmere Boulevard in Port St. Lucie receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

Participants will sign-in at the front of St. Lucie West Centennial’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

Principal Andrea Popwell couldn’t be happier. “Our athletic teams, bands, and choral ensembles excel and often have opportunities beyond what our budgets allow.” She added, “Fundraising events with strong educational partners like Garber Buick GMC help us supplement the budgetary shortfalls so our students can flex their talents at high level competitions and festivals.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

 

#Build a Future

#Build a Future

Interested in what’s new with Career and Technical Education?  Tune in to WLX-TV’s newest educational program, #BuildAFuture.   Host Leinitia Robinson will bring exciting new topics to you each month on Sundays at 1 PM.

 

 

 

Building Futures With Phoenix Metals

Building Futures With Phoenix Metals

Partnerships with local businesses such as Phoenix Metals support pathways to success for students in St. Lucie Public Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs.

CTE offers a complete range of career options for all students, helping them to discover their interests and the educational pathways that lead to success.  These programs offer students the opportunity to achieve industry-recognized certifications, work-based learning experiences, and articulated college credits.  CTE helps students gain the technical skills, rigorous academic foundation, and real-world experience they need for post-secondary education and a high-skill, high-wage, high-demand career.

Building Tolerance Contest at Palm Pointe

Building Tolerance Contest at Palm Pointe

October is Bully Prevention Month and Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition had some exciting things planned in order to continue to create a safe and caring school environment free from bullying and exclusion. One way to increase tolerance at the school was to have students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade create anti-bullying posters about Building Tolerance and students in grades six through eight write essays with the same topic.

One poster was selected from grades K-2 and 3-5 and one essay from grades 6-8. Winners won a pizza party for their entire class. Congratulations to Caroline Croce in first grade, students in Ms. Hearl’s fourth grade class, and Anna Burtsev a seventh grade student. Everyone did a fantastic job!

Pictured from left is Caroline Croce, Jordyn Bush, Principal, Ms. Debra Snyder, Dominick Brown, Kelsey Heishman and Anna Burtsev.

Bulldog Honor Band

Bulldog Honor Band

Congratulations to the Forest Grove Middle School students who were selected to participate in the IRSC Honor Band! Thank you, Mr. Colombo, for doing an outstanding job of preparing our Bulldogs for this honor!! Way to go Bulldogs!

Bulldogs Take To The Swamp

Bulldogs Take To The Swamp

MOA Students engaged in an ecosystem sampling/surveying activity that included dip-netting, cast netting and hiking through mangrove swamp and hammock along the Indian River Lagoon at Pepper Park and Wild Cat Cove. Our young minds are exploring and finding solutions to protect our waterways! Way to go Bulldogs!

 

Bullying Prevention Poster Contest

Bullying Prevention Poster Contest

The Division of Student Services sponsored a bullying prevention poster contest.

Judges from Student Services and FDLRS are pleased to announce the top three designs in this year’s creative challenge.

Congratulations to:

  • Charliz Castro – Allapattah Flats K-8 (4th Grade)
  • Piper Hambleton – Allapattah Flats K-8 (4th Grade)
  • Lillian Austin – Fairlawn Elementary (3rd Grade)

 

 

 

 

Bus Driver Appreciation

Bus Driver Appreciation

Palm Pointe hosted their annual Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, September 28th.

PPE appreciates all their bus drivers do each day bringing our Rockets to and from school safely! Each driver received a gift, enjoyed special drawings, a delicious breakfast, and hopefully left knowing how much we appreciate all they do!

Bus Driver Appreciation at Parkway

Parkway Pirates appreciate the participation of our perfectly pleasant participants at our annual Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast!  Drivers devote their daily drive to the our delightful students and we are indebted to them for their work.

Bus Driver Breakfast at Palm Pointe

Bus Driver Breakfast at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently celebrated our P.P.E. bus drivers during our 4th Annual Bus Driver Breakfast prepared by one of our volunteers, Ms. Pam Molner. The bus drivers were treated to a delicious breakfast and a short Positvie Behavior Intervention Support (P.B.I.S.) presentation given by Dean Debborah Estrada and Dean Matthew Kovach. Diana Hight,(P.B.I.S. parent volunteer) collected gifts from area businesses that were used as raffle gifts for drivers to win. Pictured is Assistant Principal, Mrs. Kathleen Perez as she welcomes the bus driver’s to the breakfast. Thanks to the many parent volunteers that helped to make this celebration a success!

Bus Drivers Breakfast Held at Palm Pointe

Bus Drivers Breakfast Held at Palm Pointe

Every year Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition hosts a breakfast for the school’s bus drivers.  Drivers and aides that come to our school each day are invited to come and enjoy a fun morning with a delicious hot breakfast. A PowerPoint presentation is also shared with the drivers going over the P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support)  expectations for the students.

All drivers go home with a gift to show how much they are appreciated.  Raffle prizes and a game were also part of the morning’s festivities.

Pictured from left: Dean Debborah Estrada as she gives a gift to bus driver Mr. Alan Lisansky.

Bus Rider Safety

Bus Rider Safety

Florida school buses carry precious cargo – our children. Motorists should always be alert and drive with caution around school buses and in school zones where children may be present like schools, bus stops, school buses and school parking lots. Parents should also go over safety tips with their children to make sure they are safe on and around school buses and school zones.

School Bus Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots.
  • Children on bicycles can be unpredictable and can make sudden changes in direction. Be especially careful when children are present in school zones and residential areas.
  • Pay extra attention to lower speed limits in school zones.
  • Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards.
  • Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school.
  • Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. (See the different situations in the diagram below)
  • All drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, TWO-LANE)
  • On a highway divided by a paved median, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, MULTI-LANE)
  • The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop, is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)
  • On a highway divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least 5 feet wide, drivers moving in the opposite direction do not have to stop for the bus (painted lines or pavement markings are not considered barriers). However, these motorists should slow down and watch for students loading or unloading from the bus. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)

Penalties for passing stopped school bus include:

  • Moving violation subject to citation;
  • Requirement to complete a basic Driver Improvement Course upon conviction;
  • Four points on your driver license; and
  • Minimum fine of $165, if you pass on the side where children enter and exit, you will receive a minimum fine of $265.

 

On July 1, 2017, the Cameron Mayhew Act took effect in Florida, which increases the minimum penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus, resulting in the injury or death of another person. Cameron Mayhew was killed by a motorist that failed to stop as he was walking to his stopped school bus in 2016.

Penalties for passing a stopped school bus that causes or results in the serious bodily injury or the death of another person include:

  • Serving 120 community service hours in a trauma center or hospital;
  • Participating in a victim’s impact panel session, or if such a panel does not exist, attending a DHSMV approved driver improvement course;
  • Six points on your driver license;
  • Suspension of license for a minimum of one year; and
  • $1,500 fine.

 School Bus Safety Tips for Parents and Children

  • Arrive at the bus stop with about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • At bus stops, children should wait in a safe place away from the road. Never sit on the roadway or curb while waiting for your bus.
  • Make sure your children know their bus driver’s name and bus number.
  • Tell children to never speak to strangers at the bus stop or get into the car with a stranger. Children should tell parents, the bus driver and a teacher at school if a stranger tries to talk to them or pick them up.
  • Children should never walk behind a bus and should stay away from bus wheels at all times. When the bus stops, children should wait for the driver’s signal that it is safe to cross the road or board the bus.
  • Children should look both ways before crossing the street- look left, right and left again. Tell them to make eye contact to make sure the bus driver can see them as they cross the street.
  • On the bus, children should remain seated at all times and keep the aisle clear. Tell children not to put their head, hands or arms out the window.
  • Remind children to stop talking and remain silent when the bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if a train is approaching.
  • Children should avoid any loud or disruptive behavior that could distract the bus driver from safely operating the bus.

 

Resources

School Bus Safety – Parent Printable Handout

School Bus Safety – Kids Printable Activity Handout

 

Florida Department of Education – School Transportation Information