Gaines Academy was recognized by the American Reading Company for their 100 Book Challenge Reading program. Students reading levels increased on average 1.47 years during the 2014-15 school year. Believe in GAINS at Gaines!
Gaines Academy Vice Principal Alex “Batman” Oge exciting the 5th grade students about the science expo and plans to make them Super Hero Scientists. For the next four weeks the students will have guest scientists conducting hands-on experiments and all fifth grade students will attend a science resource class each day.
Gaines Academy is Powered Up about science!
Windmill Point Elementary second graders in Caryol-Lynn Hallahan’s class created their own “gallon pals” to help them learn capacity and equivalents in math. Each student made their own pal beginning with a gallon body, accompanied by quart arms and legs, pint hands and feet, and cup fingers and toes to help them visualize how our customary system of measurement works. Pictured are Efrain Pellot and Christopher Skrabak.
Port St. Lucie High School Principal Adrian Ocampo graciously accepted a check for $4,820 at the June School Board meeting from Garber Buick GMC — a local partner in education. Mrs. Sheila Cash, Garber’s office administrator, presented the check as a result of the school participating in the dealership’s Drive for Education fundraising campaign.
For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick donated $10.00. When the event exceeded 100 test drives, Buick doubled the donation to $20.00.
According to Mrs. Cash, Garber Buick GMC looks forward to continuing its support of St. Lucie Public Schools with similar fundraisers in the future.
St. Lucie Public Schools would like to thank Steve Ward, Executive General Manager, and Sheila Cash, Office Administrator for their support of our schools over the last few years. With the Garber Drive for Education Fundraiser, nearly $40,000 has been raised for our schools to support extracurricular programs, performing art competitions, and other academic endeavors.
Garber Buick GMC officials presented a $10,000.00 check to Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Board Members, and Fort Pierce Central Principal Todd Smith as a result of a successful November Test Drive for Education fundraising event. The check will support extracurricular activities including athletics, the arts, drama and more.
Fort Pierce Central Cobras, Garber administrators, and District officials look forward to continuing a positive partnership.
On Saturday November 3, test drive a new Buick and help Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPWHS) located at 1801 Panther Lane in Fort Pierce, 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 two-to-three 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 main entrance of FPWHS’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.
Visitors to the campus will also benefit from the services of other community organizations such as the Sheriff’s Office with fingerprinting services for children, the Humane Society with on-site adoption opportunities, and the Health Department with flu vaccinations (first come, first served).
Principal Joseph Lezeau is eager to host the drive event. “Garber Buick GMC is a remarkable community partner in education. This event will help our school raise funds for extracurricular activities and competitions for students who are active in productions and competitions that take place far beyond the regular school day. Fundraisers like this help us provide the means for our students to showcase their talents at high level competitions and events.”
About Garber Buick GMC
Garber Buick GMC is a full-service GM dealership at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce. The property features a new car showroom, state-of-the-art service department, business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change. 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 (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.
On Saturday, November 19th at Fort Pierce Central High School, Garber Buick GMC will help donate dollars to education — up to $10,000. It is all part of the Test Drive Event that generates $10 for each 2 – 3 minute test drive. When the event exceeds 100 drives, Buick will double the donation to $20 per test drive.
Thanks to all the Garden City Early Learning Academy parents’, students’ and staff’s love of books and reading, the school’s book fair was a great success. The five day total combined in-school and on-line sales were just under $1,000. The school gets 40% in Scholastic dollars to purchase books and materials from Scholastic. The majority of the funds will go towards birthday books. The school also had $250 Scholastic dollars in the account, which purchased the 15 Golden Ticket prize books and another 30 birthday books, and should get another 150-200 books with the new Scholastic dollars! Now there will be enough books for each student’s birthday! Pictured, from left, are students Arianna Wilks and Nicoli Aguilar-Colchado, with volunteer Letisia Colchado.
The VPK class at Garden City Early Learning Academy recentlycelebrated 100 days of school! The students have accomplished so much during the first 100 days. To celebrate, they participated in various activities such as counting to 100 and reading stories and poems. The class also made a Toy Store containing 100 toys. The students made “100th day” party hats to wear for the celebration. During snack time, pretzels and crackers were used to make the number 100 which the students ate, along with apples from the fresh fruit and vegetable program.
Garden City Early Learning Academy (GCELA) celebrated Literacy Week with many fun activities for the students. Curious George was the special guest that visited classrooms to get the students excited about reading. The students participated in a Vocabulary Quilt Contest and reviewed high frequency words. Students were rewarded with a badge/sticker for the number of high frequency words known. In addition, each child received their very own book to take home. GCELA encourages children to read each night for at least 30 minutes. Pictured with Curious George is second grade student Kadejah Stevens.
The Mobile Planetarium Tour “Growing Up Great Together Under One Big Sky” visited GCELA with an inflatable dome that introduced children to the night sky while forging cross-cultural connections. Inside the dome, the children viewed a special planetarium show – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (created by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street and its partners, with major support from the PNC Foundation.) Through the lens of astronomy, children joined Elmo, Big Bird and HuHu Zhu, as they explore the night sky and took an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon. Each child received a daytime/night time activity poster with reusable, glow-in-the-dark stars to display at home. The students truly enjoyed this experience and GCELA appreciates the PNC Foundation for its support.
The staff at Garden City City Early Learning Academy thrilled 25 students in their Kids at Hope program to Fort Pierce Westwood High School to meet and talk with older students. Various student leaders on campus, including student athletes, student government officers, and ROTC cadets toured the school with the elementary students in the culinary, chorus, band, veterinary, and pre med programs on campus, and answered questions from their guests about athletics, student government and the cadet program. The visit ended with assistant principal Anthony Conti and a student representative talked with the young visitors about good choices and decision making. The experience for the elementary students was an important one, because one of the important aspects of the Kids at Hope philosophy is for the child to be able to articulate his or her dreams for their future. Pictured are administrators, staff and students from both schools.
Garden City Early Learning Academy held its Character Bee of the Month Celebration for Citizenship recently. This event was not only a time to recognize students for being responsible citizens, but was also an excellent opportunity for parents to be involved in a “hands-on” activity with their child. The activity included tracing their child’s hand, discussing and writing the ways that their child had made good choices to become a great citizen. Several students shared what they do to be good citizens. The students were honored with a certificate and pencil. Pictured is Yeraldy Salgado and her mother Liliana Perez working on a citizenship activity.
Student Takara Thomas was the grand prize winner of Garden City Early Learning Academy’s 100 Book Challenge. This year, the school was able to accept a donated computer as a prize to the winner. The challenge was that any time a student read over 250 steps (62.5 hours) during independent reading time or at home, their name was put into the drawing. Many students met the challenge and had an entry into the grand drawing. This challenge was set up by instructional coach Alexandra Laoutas as a way to promote independent reading. Pictured are Takara and her excited father with her prize.
The Kids at Hope committee at Garden City Early Learning Academy is sponsoring an Acts of Random Kindness activity for the month of February. All teachers, staff, and students are asked to leave their “heartprints” on the halls of the school. A heartprint is defined as the impression left behind by a deliberate act of kindness. How wonderful it will be to create connecting chains of heartprints displaying appreciation for one another throughout the school. To kick off the event, principal Traci Wilke, pictured, read the book “Heartprints” to the entire school.
To help celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Garden City Early Learning Academy was visited by over 40 guest readers. Some classes had up to 3 readers at once! The volunteer readers came from various areas of the community, including Indian River State College, the Supervisor of Elections’ office, Fort Pierce city manager, Board of County Commisioners, Children’s Service Council, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Fort Pierce Mayor, and St. Lucie County Fire Department. Thank you to everyone for supporting the school and making a difference in the lives of students. Pictured is Susan Geen, from the Supervisor of Elections office, reading to VPK students.
Garden City Early Learning Academy (GCELA) students in grades Pre-K through two recently experienced live theatre through a new program developed by Riverside Children’s Theatre. The program is called “Theatre on the Go” and is designed to take live theatre to the schools in the area. The performance of “Scrambled Stories”, adapted by Kevin Qullinan and Angelo Cerniglia, were favorite stories that were cracked, broken and scrambled by the silly Professor Scattergood. The students participated by helping unscramble “Goldilocks”, “The Ugly Duckling”, and “The Three Little Pigs”. Students had to help get them back to where they belong through audience participation. The students have been working hard in music class with Mrs. Quillinan, as well as with their classroom and other resource teachers. They are learning about proper audience etiquette which was demonstrated during the performance, as they were a wonderful audience! Great appreciation goes to Kevin and Deborah Quillinan for making this possible for GCELA students. Pictured, from left, are Kaitlyn Schirard and Chelsea Swearingen from the children’s theatre, GCELA teacher Karen Alarie, and Jacob Cummings from children’s theater.
Garden City Early Learning Academy appreciates community involvement in the school. Recently, Pastor Teddy Sanders and volunteers from Calvary Compassion Church presented holiday gifts to all students. To show their holiday spirit, the students sang songs for the volunteers. GCELA truly appreciates all that Calvary Compassion Church does for the school.