Florida Council on Economic Education Names St. Lucie County Educator as the Next “Teacher Spotlight” Feature

(TAMPA) – October 30, 2015– The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE), is pleased to announce the newly selected outstanding educator for quarter two featured on our “Teacher Spotlight – Recognizing Superior Educators for Innovation in the Classroom” webpage is, Jacqueline Harris of Village Green Environmental Studies School in St. Lucie County, FL.

Ms. Harris is an energetic and outgoing first grade educator who was awarded first place in the Entrepreneurship Category, Elementary Division, at the 2015 Governor’s Award Program for Excellence in Teaching Economics, for her project “The Healthy Kidz Snack Shop & Eatery”. Her project, which asked students to run a mock business, challenged her class to use critical thinking skills in a real-world application. For her project submission, Ms. Harris filmed the students as they explored through role-play the financial and economic concepts of owning and running an eatery.
When asked what piece of advice Ms. Harris would give to a new economics or finance teacher she replied, “…commit to hard work, be truly dedicated to teaching economics from start to finish and remember that economics and personal finance are important aspects of our lives in the real world and are considered significant parts of preparing students for college, careers and the real world later on.”
To learn more about Ms. Harris and her award winning project, or the FCEE please visit: http://www.fcee.org/teacher-spotlight/.
About the Florida Council on Economic Education
The mission of the Florida Council on Economic Education is to prepare Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors. The Florida Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded by leading corporations and individuals throughout the state.
The Florida Council is an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. CEE trains educators to teach young so that they will be able to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, investors, and citizens in the global economy.

 

Florida Department of Citrus Visits Gaines Academy

Florida Department of Citrus Visits Gaines Academy

Captain Citrus, a program from the Florida Department of Citrus, came to Samuel Gaines Academy to speak with our second graders about Florida citrus.  The second graders were highly engaged, throughout the interactive and energizing presentation.  They learned more about how citrus trees grow, as well as, the nutritional benefits of Florida’s citrus fruits and juices.  Their new knowledge was treated with the opportunity to sample oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and orange juice at the end of the presentation.

Florida Department of Health Child Care Food Program

Florida Department of Health Child Care Food Program

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs. Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the sites listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

 

SCHOOL/SITE Address
PALM POINTE 10680 Academic Way PSL 34987
WEATHERBEE 800 E Weatherbee Rd FP 34982
C A MOORE 827 N. 29th Street FP 34947
SLW K8 1501 SW Cashmere Blvd PSL 34986
SAM GAINES 2250 S. Jenkins Rd FP 34947
ALLAPATTAH FLATS 12051 NW Copper Creek Dr PSL 34987
MORNINGSIDE 2300 SE Gowin Dr PSL 34952
LAKEWOOD PARK 7800 Indrio Road FP 34951
FLORESTA 1501 SE Floresta Dr PSL 34983
BAYSHORE 1661 SW Bayshore Blvd PSL 34984
NORTHPORT 250 NW Floresta Dr PSL 34983
WINDMILL POINT 700 Darwin Blvd PSL 34953
SOUTHPORT 2420 SE Morningside Blvd PSL 34952
MARIPOSA 2620 SE Mariposa Ave PSL 34952
OAK HAMMOCK 1251 SW California Blvd PSL 34953
MANATEE 1450 SW Heatherwood Blvd PSL 34986
RIVERS EDGE 5600 NE St. James PSL 34983
WEST GATE 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd PSL 34986
LAWNWOOD 1900 S 23rd St FP 34950

 

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

 

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

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 http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Florida Education Officials and Local Bookstores Partner to Help Hurricane-Impacted Schools…

Florida Education Officials and Local Bookstores Partner to Help Hurricane-Impacted Schools…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., October 29, 2018 – The Florida Department of Education, Florida Education Foundation (FEF) and independent booksellers across the state have joined together to host Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser. A portion of sale proceeds on November 3 and 4 at participating bookstores will fund grants that will enable schools impacted by Hurricane Michael to re-stock their libraries and classrooms.

 

First Lady Ann Scott said, “For the past 8 years, I’ve had the privilege to promote literacy at Florida schools. Reading has always been important to our family, and I truly believe that a strong foundation of literacy is important for students to achieve their dreams and career goals. Since Hurricane Michael made landfall, my husband, Rick, has worked hard to get communities back on their feet. The Re-book to Re-build program is a wonderful opportunity to help impacted schools receive the resources necessary for students to succeed.”

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said, “Soon, all school districts will have reopened following Hurricane Michael, but many students’ schedules have been adjusted and school locations have changed. Florida educators at every level are working tirelessly to ensure a smooth return for students after having experienced unimaginable destruction, and these grants will be a great help. I am grateful to the participating booksellers, not only for their financial contributions, but for showing our students what it means to care for one another.”

Floridians are encouraged to visit one of the participating booksellers on Saturday, November 3 or Sunday, November 4, 2018. A percentage of sale proceeds will be invested in local literacy grants for school districts and educators to purchase books for schools impacted by Hurricane Michael. Those who are unable to visit one of the following locations can give a tax-deductible gift to the Florida Education Foundation.

·         Bayou Books, Niceville

·         Books & Books, Coral Gables

·         MacIntosh Books, Sanibel Island

·         Midtown Reader, Tallahassee

·         Story & Song, Fernandina Beach

“The Florida Education Foundation is proud to partner with Florida’s independent booksellers and the Department of Education to support local communities and schools in their recovery from Hurricane Michael,” said FEF Chair Connie Smith. “Through the Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser, the Foundation continues its commitment to improving Florida’s education system so that every student has access to the resources they need to learn and achieve.”

The Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief initiative is aimed at helping school districts, students and communities hit the hardest by Hurricane Michael recover their libraries and for students to rediscover the joy of reading.

For more information about the Florida Education Foundation, please visit www.floridaeducationfoundation.org.

Florida Engineering Society Teacher of the Year

Florida Engineering Society Teacher of the Year

Lincoln Park Academy’s “Project Lead The Way” teacher, Mark Hueter, was named the “Florida Engineering Society’s 2013 K-12 Teacher of the Year” at their annual event on August 2, 2013. Treasure Coast Chapter President Adam Schildmeier nominated Mr. Hueter for creatively  incorporating and promoting engineering and technology concepts and activities into his classroom, truly engaging students and promoting critical thinking.

Mark is highly respected by his peers and professional colleagues for facilitating his students’ progression through concepts including static and dynamic analysis, stress/strain diagrams and testing, and hydraulic calculations often not taught until the college level. This rigorous curriculum and top-notch instructor rank high among St. Lucie County’s quality program offerings.

Mr. Hueter was honored at the School Board Meeting on September 24, 2013. Pictured are Candace Stone, Debbie Hawley, Pamela Dampier, Mark Hueter, Genelle Yost, Kathie Schmidt, David Foxx, and Adam Schildmeier.

Florida Family Engagement Month

Florida Family Engagement Month

Florida Family Engagement in Education Month is a time to celebrate the important role parents and families play in their children’s education. When schools work together with families to support learning, children are more motivated to succeed-not just in school, but throughout life.

Florida Fish and Wildlife  Visit Gaines Academy Second Graders

Florida Fish and Wildlife Visit Gaines Academy Second Graders

Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) gave a presentation for second grade at Samuel Gaines Academy. Students learned about what these officers do, how they help the community, and how laws and consequences are carried out. Students were able to see a demonstration with the K-9, as well as, a close look at the trucks and boats FWC uses.

Florida Healthy School District

Florida Healthy School District

St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent received notification from the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) that the District is recognized as a Florida Healthy School District for the period of 2016-2018. The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP) and Florida Action for Healthy Kids (FLAFHK) congratulated St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) for its continued efforts to support the physical, mental and social health of students and staff.

“In keeping with Florida’s vision for our children to be healthy, fit, and ready to learn, we strive to be exceptional in creating healthy teaching and learning environments to support our students and our staff,” said Gent.  The esteemed recognition of being a Florida Healthy School District is broad in scope and encompasses an array of components ranging from student services, health and physical education, to employee wellness and nutrition services.  With regard to nutrition services, SLPS is a leader in supporting students and staff with well-balanced nutritional choices and in providing healthy choices through programs such as Farm to Table and Summer Meals.

As a Florida Healthy School District, SLPS looks forward to continuing its efforts to promote health and wellness in St. Lucie County.

FLORIDA HEALTHY SCHOOL DISTRICT DESIGNATION AWARDED TO ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

FLORIDA HEALTHY SCHOOL DISTRICT DESIGNATION AWARDED TO ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is designated as a silver-level Florida Healthy School District for a second consecutive term. The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, Florida Association of District School Superintendents, and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation recognized the District’s honor during the December School Board Meeting.

The criterion for recognition as a Florida Healthy School District is the Florida Healthy School District (FHSD) Self-Assessment Tool that focuses on district infrastructure, policy, programs and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices and Florida statutes.  Child Nutrition Services Director Deborah Wuest said, “We are deeply committed to meeting the health needs of students and staff, and our team places high value on quality service for each child every day.”

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 http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

FLORIDA HEALTHY SCHOOL DISTRICT DESIGNATION AWARDED TO ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

FLORIDA HEALTHY SCHOOL DISTRICT DESIGNATION AWARDED TO ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is designated as a silver-level Florida Healthy School District for a second consecutive term. The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, Florida Association of District School Superintendents, and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation recognized the District’s honor during the December School Board Meeting.

The criterion for recognition as a Florida Healthy School District is the Florida Healthy School District (FHSD) Self-Assessment Tool that focuses on district infrastructure, policy, programs and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices and Florida statutes.  Child Nutrition Services Director Deborah Wuest said, “We are deeply committed to meeting the health needs of students and staff, and our team places high value on quality service for each child every day.”

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 http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Florida Junior Rookie of the Year Award for the NEED Project

Florida Junior Rookie of the Year Award for the NEED Project

Cody Jennings and Alex Oravec, Lincoln Park Academy students, were recognized at the School Board Meeting as the Florida Junior Rookie of the Year for the NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project. Their project advisor was Marylou Jennings. Pictured are Chairman Debbie Hawley, Alex Oravec, Cody Jennings, and Superintendent Genelle Yost. Congratulations!

Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Presents Susan S. Seal with the 2018 FMEA Secondary…

Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Presents Susan S. Seal with the 2018 FMEA Secondary…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Awards Committee presented Principal Susan Seal of Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) with the 2018 FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year Award on January 12 during the FMEA Professional Development Clinic/Conference at the Tampa Bay Convention Center.  The FMEA Awards and Recognition Program is one of the more visible ways in which FMEA can recognize those who make outstanding contributions to music education throughout the state.

 

This prestigious award is given to a school administrator who is not a professional music educator, but who displays ardent support of the school music program. This award recognizes leadership, excellence in encouragement and promotion of music education in Florida schools. The recipient must have demonstrated significant efforts in support of music education resulting in awareness or enhancement of the school’s music program and allocation of resources. Seal has been an educator in St. Lucie County for 23 years and is entering her 11th year as an administrator in the school district. She has been recognized in the district as a teacher of the year and as an assistant principal of the year as a result of her dedication to students and teachers. During her tenure as both principal and assistant principal, the arts programs at all three of the schools she has served have thrived and grown as a result of her support.

 

Under Seal’s leadership, the music program at TCHS has become an important part of the school culture. She works with the guidance department to make sure that all music classes are scheduled with the same considerations and priority given to the other academic classes. The music program has the fortune of being well funded because Seal takes the needs into consideration when setting budgets. As a result, the program has an excellent inventory and has been able to build a quality music library. When special situations arise, she is always ready to look for ways “outside of the box” to help find solutions. Administrative support has also allowed for the development of dynamic relationships with the feeder schools, ultimately affecting the growth of the music programs at TCHS.

Luke Hall, TCHS band master, nominated Seal for the award. There were many who submitted letters of support singing the praises of the acclaimed principal, including School Board Members, the Superintendent and the Mayor of Port St. Lucie.

 

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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 http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Susan Seal (center) with Luke Hall (left) and Dr. Ken Williams, President of FMEA, (right) receiving Secondary Administrator of the Year from FMEA

Florida Observes April as School Library Month

Florida Observes April as School Library Month

Each year, school districts and Florida citizens take time to recognize the programs, services and resources provided by school libraries. This celebratory month provides opportunities across the state to highlight school library contributions to Florida public education.

Research studies conducted in 19 states, including Florida, have found that school library programs make a measurable difference in student academic achievement. School library programs prepare students for lifelong learning and enhance their reading enjoyment. Additionally, School Library Month coincides with National Library Week, which highlights the resources and contributions of all types of libraries.

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Launches Florida 529 Scholarship Program

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Launches Florida 529 Scholarship Program

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Launches Florida 529 Scholarship Program

Board Removes Minimum Contribution

* The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winners a $529 Scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account.

* The scholarships are part of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation’s ongoing commitment to increase awareness about the importance of saving for college through the Florida 529 Savings Plan.

* For the first time ever, the Florida Prepaid College Board has removed the minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings Plan, opening the door for more families to save for college.

* Florida residents can enter to win between May 1 and May 29, 2016, which is 529 College Savings Day.

 

The Florida Prepaid College Foundation is launching a new scholarship program to celebrate 529 College Savings Day, awarding 10 winners a $529 Scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account. The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program is part of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation’s ongoing commitment to broadening awareness of the many budget-friendly, flexible college savings options available through the Florida Prepaid College Board.

“We look forward to awarding these scholarships, helping 10 Florida families get a strong start in the very important journey of saving for college,” said Foundation Board Chairman Duane Ottenstroer. “Setting aside even a small amount each month in a Florida 529 Savings account can help students reduce or avoid student loan debt.”

The average student debt of borrowers in the state of Florida is $24,017. Yet according to the How America Saves for College 2015 report, nearly half of families saving for college continue to rely on general savings accounts while only 27 percent utilize tax advantaged accounts like 529 college savings plans.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families save at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books. A family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time.

Beginning this May, there is no minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings account, and there are no application fees. This makes the Florida 529 Savings Plan one of the most affordable ways for families to save for college. The Florida 529 Savings Plan was a Top 10 performer among direct-sold 529 plans for the 3-year, 5-year and 10-year time periods in Savingforcollege.com’s latest quarterly performance rankings.

Families can enter to win a Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship between May 1 and May 29, 2016, at http://www.florida529SavingsPlanScholarship.com/. May 29 is celebrated nationwide as 529 College Savings Day, a time when families are encouraged to learn more about 529 Savings Plans.

Learn more about Florida 529 Savings Plans at www.myfloridaprepaid.com.

About the Florida Prepaid College Foundation

Since its founding in 1990, the Foundation has committed to giving aspiring students the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and our state by providing college scholarships funded through partnerships with individuals, businesses, educational foundations and the Florida Legislature. The Foundation administers several innovative scholarship programs designed to help students achieve their dream of earning a college education. The Foundation is the 501(c)(3) direct support organization for the Florida Prepaid College Board. Since 1988, the Florida Prepaid College Board has offered families a means to save for their children and grandchildren’s future college expenses with the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program. To see how Florida Prepaid helps families, visit here.

Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment

Florida Prepaid Open Enrollment

As part of our commitment to your child’s education, we want to share with you information about the Florida Prepaid College Board’s Open Enrollment Period, the annual time when families can open Prepaid Plans. The Open Enrollment period ends February 28, and we wanted to ensure your family was aware of the opportunity to start saving for your child’s future education. College might seem like a long way off, but starting to save now means your child’s tuition will be covered when they need it.

All Florida Prepaid College Plans are guaranteed by the State of Florida, and while the plans are designed to be used in state, if your child attends an out-of-state or private college, the plan will pay the same amount as it would pay at a public college or university in Florida.  The five Florida Prepaid Tuition Plans offer a variety of options starting at just $47 a month.  The younger your child, the more years you have to save, and the lower the monthly payments for a Florida Prepaid Plan.

It is never too early to begin investing in your child’s future.  Multiple studies have found that students with college savings are more likely to attend and finish college and that having a degree greatly improves lifetime earning potential. A Georgetown University study estimates that a student with a bachelor’s degree can earn $1.6 million more in their lifetime than a student with only a high school diploma.

We are also pleased to offer a promotional code, SUP1617, for a 50 percent discount off your application fee when you purchase a Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan before Open Enrollment ends February 28. As we prepare your child academically, you can begin preparing them financially.

Open Enrollment ends on February 28, 2017.

Learn more at www.myfloridaprepaid.com.

 

 

Florida PrePaid Open Enrollment Ends Feb 28

Florida PrePaid Open Enrollment Ends Feb 28

Florida Prepaid College Plans offers five Prepaid tuition plans to fit a variety of budgets.
Lock in tomorrow’s tuition costs with guaranteed plans starting at $47 per month. Enroll by February 28 to take advantage of those prices during the current Open Enrollment period, the annual time of year when families can start saving for college with a Prepaid Plan. Open Enrollment began October 15, 2017 and runs through February 28, 2018.
1. According to the Florida College System, by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in Florida will require postsecondary education.
2. The Federal Reserve reports that student debt across the U.S. stands at about $1.4 trillion.
3. In Florida, the average debt load for those with college loans is more than $23,000.

 

Learn more about the college savings options available and start implementing your plan to reduce or avoid student loan debt for your children. Saving for college can be simple, affordable and stress free at myfloridaprepaid.com . Use promo code SUP1718 when you enroll by February 28, 2018 and save half off the application fee!

For more information on how the Florida Prepaid College Board is committed to helping Floridians save
for future qualified higher education expenses visit
myfloridaprepaid.com or call 1-800-552-4723.
If you would like to speak with the Florida Prepaid team about sharing the importance of saving
for college, please contact Shannon Colavecchio at
shannonc@moorecommgroup.com
or call (850)224-0174.
Florida Science Olympiad

Florida Science Olympiad

Congratulations Fairlawn Force Team!

A group of Fairlawn students competed in the Florida Science Olympiad at Florida Atlantic University.  Science Olympiad is a competition open to middle and high school students with a separate competition for elementary students.

The team participated in various hands-on, interactive, inquiry-based activities.  The students had to do science during the competition, not just report on a topic.  The bridge building team placed second by designing and building the lightest bridge with the highest structural efficiency that can span a given opening meeting the requirements specified in the rules.

Congratulations to the Fairlawn Force Science Olympiad Team!

Florida Teacher Selected as Behring Teacher Ambassador for National History Day

Ms. Valerie Arendas a teacher at Port St. Lucie High in Fort Pierce was among 23 teachers selected to be a Behring Teacher Ambassador for National History Day® during the 2016-2017 school year.

To be selected recipients must show outstanding creativity, commitment and inspiration in developing students’ interest in history education. Candidates must be excellent classroom teachers who are past winners of the Behring Teacher Award in their state or affiliate program. Arendas was awarded the Florida Behring Teacher Award for classroom excellence in National History Day’s Senior division in 2012.

The 2016–2017 National History Day theme is Taking a Stand in History. Throughout the school year, Behring Teacher Ambassadors work with students and teachers around the country to help them better understand the theme and to expand National History Day programs in their regions. Behring Teacher Ambassadors attend a training workshop in July and collaborate with their program’s affiliate coordinator to develop an annual strategy to help students discover the power of history.

“National History Day believes educators are the best resource a student has, and Ms. Arendas exemplifies what it means to be an excellent educator,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “All of these teachers are a credit to their discipline and a driving force behind the success of their students and our programs.”

About National History Day: NHD is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.

FLORIDA TEEN WINS TOP AWARD AMONG YOUTH ADVOCATES WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO

FLORIDA TEEN WINS TOP AWARD AMONG YOUTH ADVOCATES WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO

Tallahassee, Fla.—Nicolas Suarez, a St. Lucie County high school student and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth advocate, was named the South Region Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This is one of the highest awards among the country’s top youth advocates working against tobacco.

Nicolas was honored in Washington, D.C. on May 10 along with three U.S. regional winners, a group winner, and a national winner. More than 400 public health, political, civic and business leaders attended the 21st annual Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala to recognize these young leaders.

The Youth Advocates of the Year Awards honor outstanding young people who are among today’s most effective leaders in tobacco control. These youth have fought hard to protect their generation from the dangers of tobacco by promoting tobacco prevention legislation, exposing tobacco marketing to kids, and keeping their peers from using tobacco.

“Nicolas is an outstanding leader in Florida’s SWAT movement, and he is very deserving of this national recognition for his dedication to youth tobacco prevention,” said Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Kellie O’Dare. “His leadership is helping make the next generation tobacco free.”

The smoking rate for high school students in Florida reached an historic low at 5.2 percent in 2016, cut nearly in half from 10 percent in 2012. Since Tobacco Free Florida launched in 2007, the state’s high school smoking rate has decreased by 64.1 percent.

About Nicolas

Nicolas, 17, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, became a tobacco control advocate after watching his mother struggle with smoking-related health problems. His joining Florida SWAT inspired his mother to quit smoking. He is a member of the statewide Youth Advocacy Board, which works with the Tobacco Free Florida program to set the direction and goals of SWAT and the youth prevention component of the state’s tobacco control efforts.

He developed interactive and informative events that highlight the toll of tobacco and the industry’s harmful marketing tactics that target youth. He also advocated in Port St. Lucie for policies to reduce tobacco use. He worked with the local government to grant proclamations to raise visibility for the Great American Smokeout.

As part of the award, Nicolas will receive an educational scholarship and grant to continue his prevention efforts. He will also serve as an ambassador for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Nicolas, who is graduating high school on May 25, will attend Boston University this fall.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

About Tobacco Free Florida

The department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 159,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.

 

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FLORIDA TEEN WINS TOP AWARD AMONG YOUTH ADVOCATES WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO

FLORIDA TEEN WINS TOP AWARD AMONG YOUTH ADVOCATES WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO

Nicolas Suarez, a St. Lucie Public Schools high school student and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth advocate, was named the South Region Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This is one of the highest awards among the country’s top youth advocates working against tobacco.

Nicolas was honored in Washington, D.C. on May 10 along with three U.S. regional winners, a group winner, and a national winner. More than 400 public health, political, civic and business leaders attended the 21st annual Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala to recognize these young leaders.

The Youth Advocates of the Year Awards honor outstanding young people who are among today’s most effective leaders in tobacco control. These youth have fought hard to protect their generation from the dangers of tobacco by promoting tobacco prevention legislation, exposing tobacco marketing to kids, and keeping their peers from using tobacco.

“Nicolas is an outstanding leader in Florida’s SWAT movement, and he is very deserving of this national recognition for his dedication to youth tobacco prevention,” said Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Kellie O’Dare. “His leadership is helping make the next generation tobacco free.”

The smoking rate for high school students in Florida reached an historic low at 5.2 percent in 2016, cut nearly in half from 10 percent in 2012. Since Tobacco Free Florida launched in 2007, the state’s high school smoking rate has decreased by 64.1 percent.

About Nicolas

Nicolas, 17, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, became a tobacco control advocate after watching his mother struggle with smoking-related health problems. His joining Florida SWAT inspired his mother to quit smoking. He is a member of the statewide Youth Advocacy Board, which works with the Tobacco Free Florida program to set the direction and goals of SWAT and the youth prevention component of the state’s tobacco control efforts.

He developed interactive and informative events that highlight the toll of tobacco and the industry’s harmful marketing tactics that target youth. He also advocated in Port St. Lucie for policies to reduce tobacco use. He worked with the local government to grant proclamations to raise visibility for the Great American Smokeout.

As part of the award, Nicolas will receive an educational scholarship and grant to continue his prevention efforts. He will also serve as an ambassador for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Nicolas, who is graduating high school on May 25, will attend Boston University this fall.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

About Tobacco Free Florida

The department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 159,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.