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Heron Creek pilots Project SUCCESS, now at four middle schools

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Heron Creek Project SUCCESS fall 2015

TUTOR TIME: Pictured from left, Heron Creek Middle School students Cooper Armstrong, Justin Torres and Kaitlyn Smith work with volunteer William Knuth during Tutor Time, part of Project SUCCESS.

NORTH PORT, Oct. 21, 2015 – A program piloted at Heron Creek Middle School is making a difference in the lives of students there and at three other schools in Sarasota County — as well as impacting the lives of adults who volunteer for the program.

Known as Project SUCCESS (Students Using College and Career Explorations to become Self-confident Scholars), the program is now also underway at Booker, McIntosh and Sarasota middle schools. The goal of the program is to help prepare middle school students for high school, college and careers, and to make them aware of their choices for post-secondary education and the workforce. About 280 students are currently in the program; almost 100 of them are at Heron Creek.

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is funding the development of Project SUCCESS as part of its Middle School Excellence Initiative. “Our vision is that every middle school student has the skills needed to excel in the 21st century, is academically prepared, on track for high school completion and motivated to pursue further education after graduation,” said Susan Scott, the foundation’s executive director.

“It’s a great program and we’re happy to support the other middle schools who wanted to make it available for their students,” said Heron Creek Principal Matthew Gruhl. The program also is supported by the Sarasota County School District’s Volunteer and Partnership Office. More adult volunteers are needed for Project SUCCESS.

“Volunteers for this program do not need to be content experts,” said Gruhl. “They just need to be able to encourage and question students as they work in small teams to solve problems. The experience is extremely rewarding because the adults actively support students and see them growing in their skill sets as they learn, dream and achieve. This is a valuable and simple way to serve as a positive role model and to have a huge positive impact on the lives of children.”

Project SUCCESS has two components: a school-wide initiative and an elective class. Both components are structured to provide academic and non-academic experiences each week, and both aim to inspire students to envision and plan for their future.

Students who participate in the elective class agree to stay focused on their future in categories that include attendance, grades, behavior and participation. They learn organizational skills; set goals for personal, academic and life success; participate in literacy activities based on their reading level; receive individualized tutor time; meet and hear guest speakers from local organizations and companies; and visit colleges and workplaces. Classrooms are decorated with pennants, T-shirts and other college memorabilia to inspire students about what they can achieve through higher education.

Adult volunteers are needed for weekly Tutor Time, known as T2. During these periods, which vary in length and time of day at each schools, students lead each other through a problem-solving exercise with the help of their volunteer tutor. This inquiry-based tutoring session begins when students pose challenging questions or problems. The adult tutor and students within each T2 group work to finding solutions to the problems.

“The students I see here at Heron Creek are working very hard,” said volunteer William Knuth. “They’re doing a good job with their projects and taking an active interest in the program.”

Seventh-grade student Alyzabeth Bacon said, “Project SUCCESS is preparing me for college and helping me learn how to do that at a young age. I want to learn what it takes to go to college and how to become what I want to become, which is a veterinarian.”

Heron Creek teacher and Project SUCCESS coordinator Debbie Therrien said the program helps students “own” their academics. “It’s easy to say, ‘I want to be a doctor,’ but they need to realize that it’s going to take massive amounts of school and student loans and tremendous dedication not only in high school but beyond. This program helps them to think, make a plan and own that plan.”

In addition to their time with volunteers, students participate in weekly coaching sessions with their teachers. Instructional strategies incorporate research-proven techniques. The Project SUCCESS experience also includes cooperative learning and an emphasis on student responsibility and accountability. 

Adults interested in volunteering for Project SUCCESS are encouraged to contact Sarasota County Schools Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator Tanice Knopp at tanice.knopp@sarasotacountyschools.net or 941-927-9000, ext. 31502

Widows’ Sons group donates $1,900 to Gocio Elementary

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Widows Sons BIG CHECK to Gocio fall 2015

GENEROUS GENTS: Members of the Widows’ Sons Masonic Riders Association recently donated $1,900 to Gocio Elementary School. Picture from left are Paul Woodman, Gocio Principal Pamela Buchanan and Ron Tengowski.

SARASOTA, Oct. 21, 2015 – The Widows’ Sons Masonic Riders Association recently donated $1,900 to Gocio Elementary School. The funds will be used to purchase enrichment materials to enhance classroom lessons.

Widows’ Sons is an international Masonic motorcycle association dedicated to raising money for the widows and orphans of Master Masons.

Gocio Elementary is located at 3450 Gocio Road, Sarasota. 

Venice High holds first International Baccalaureate pinning ceremony

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VENICE, Oct. 20, 2015 – Venice High School will hold its first pinning ceremony for International Baccalaureate students at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Venice Performing Arts Center on the VHS campus. Twenty-nine students will receive special IB pins, indicating that they are members of the school’s first class of IB diploma candidates.

Venice High was approved by the International Baccalaureate organization to offer the IB Diploma Program, beginning this school year. The school began offering a pre-IB program for freshmen and sophomores in August 2014. 

The IB philosophies and ideals include international-mindedness, being a risk-taker, communicating, reflecting and inquiring.

The Venice Performing Arts Center is located on the VHS campus, at 1 Indian Ave.

About the International Baccalaureate
 

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programs of international education (Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, Diploma Program and Career Program) that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Schools must be authorized by the IB organization to offer any of the programs.

In the Sarasota County School District, Riverview High School launched the Sarasota County School District’s first International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in 1999 and was approved in spring 2015 to offer the IB Career Program, which allows students to specialize in career-oriented academic pathways. In 2007 the IB Primary Program was launched at Phillippi Shores Elementary School and the IB Middle Years Program began at Brookside Middle School. Sarasota Military Academy began its IB Diploma program in August 2015. 

Local chefs to cook with students at Kids N Chefs Gala Oct. 27

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Kids N Chefs Gala at Phil Shores 2014

BON APPETIT: Pictured from left at the 2014 Kids N Chefs Gala, Kim Thompson and Chef Malin Parker watch as Tatum Ridge Elementary students Jerry Richardson, Madyson Smith and Alannah Gregoire prepare falafel burgers with tzatziki sauce and quinoa tabbouleh, a dish created by Parker and students. Behind Richardson is student Kinzey Marx. The event will be held again this year at Phillippi Shores Elementary School.

SARASOTA, Oct. 14, 2015 – The Sarasota County School District’s Food and Nutrition Services Department will host Chefs Move to Schools: Kids N Chefs Gala, 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Phillippi Shores Elementary School. The dinner will be served outside near the school’s garden or indoors in the event of rain.

The Chefs Move to Schools program pairs professional chefs with schools to help educate children about food and nutrition. Students learn culinary skills and contribute to recipe creation for the district’s school lunches, and chefs gain an understanding of school food service and the National School Lunch Program. 

Chefs partnering with the school district to create chef-inspired, kid-approved recipes featuring Florida-grown foods include:

  • Paul Mattison, chef/owner of Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering
  • Malin Parker, executive catering chef at Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering
  • Steve Phelps, chef/owner of Indigenous Restaurant
  • Mark Traugutt, executive chef at The Founders Club

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at chefsmove.eventbrite.com or directly from Food and Nutrition Services staff and School Nutrition Association members. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to a fund by the Sarasota County School Nutrition Association that awards annual college scholarships to high school seniors in each of the district’s traditional public high schools.  

This year’s Chefs Move to Schools is a featured event of Greater Sarasota’s Eat Local Week, organized by Transition Sarasota. The theme is Farm to School, and all recipes will feature produce from Florida farms. Local farmers who supply food for Sarasota County Schools will be at the event to speak to guests about their farms and to showcase their partnership with the school district. Farmers scheduled to attend include Dale McClellan of M&B Products, the districts’ milk and juice provider; Alan and Leslie Jones of Jones Potato Farm; Guy Averill of Watercress Farms Inc.; and Paul Allen of RC Hatton Farms.

Community members are encouraged to help celebrate this collaboration of local chefs, Sarasota County public school students, and Food and Nutrition Services Department staff by attending the Kids N Chefs Gala.

Phillippi Shores Elementary is located at 4747 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Venice Middle School celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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Venice Middle Hispanic Heritage Day 2014

FESTIVE DAY: Pictured from left, Yanci Linares, Suhey Alvarenga, Venice Middle Spanish teacher Carlos Carrion, Bella Alvarenga and Ana Bernales enjoy the school’s 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

VENICE, Oct. 14, 2015 – Venice Middle School will hold its annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Columbus Day from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, in the school’s gymnasium. Twenty countries will be represented; students’ projects and posters will be displayed.

Students, teachers, parents and members of the community will be able to “travel” around the Spanish-speaking world, carrying a passport and learning about the culture, music, traditions, geography, history and food of each country. Adults will vote for the best projects and posters.

Venice Middle School is located at 1900 Center Road. 

Special guests serve up National School Lunch Week menu

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Lori White and Sarah Woods serve lunch at Gulf Gate NSLW 10-12-15

LUNCH IS SERVED: Superintendent of Schools Lori White, left, serves lunch to students with dietetic intern Barbara Oldham at Gulf Gate Elementary during National School Lunch Week.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Oct. 12, 2015 – The Sarasota County School District is celebrating National School Lunch Week (Oct. 12-16) with appearances by guest lunch servers at various school cafeterias around the district, including Superintendent Lori White, School Board member Bridget Ziegler, Sarasota County Commissioner Charles Hines, Deputy Superintendent Scott Lempe; school principals and other administrators. The guests will take shifts at various schools, offering students diverse lunch selections.

On an average day, Sarasota County Schools serve 30,000 to 35,000 meals to students. The cost is $2.10 at elementary schools, $2.30 at middle and $2.50 to $3 at high schools. Cafeterias also provide breakfast and lunch to school visitors and faculty. Beverly Girard, director of Food and Nutrition Services, reports that the percentage of students receiving free lunches, and reduced-cost lunches at a cost of 40 cents each, is expected to reach a district average of about 50 percent this school year.

“We urge eligible families to apply for their children to receive free or reduced-cost meals if it will help them in these tough economic times,” said Girard. “Even if they are only in this situation temporarily, we encourage parents and guardians to consider this opportunity. Four years ago we launched an online application system, which makes it fast and convenient for families to apply for meal benefits.”

The National School Lunch Program began in 1946 when President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act into law. Since then public schools throughout the nation have served nutritious meals to billions of students. Ninety-five percent of schools participate in the program; 30 million children are served daily. The meals are offered to students at a low cost or no cost to parents, thanks to a bounteous food supply, dedicated staff members and help from federal funding. President Kennedy proclaimed the first National School Lunch Week in 1963.

Nationally, school lunches must include protein, fruits and vegetables, grains and low-fat milk, served in age-appropriate portions. Menus in Sarasota County Schools’ cafeterias reflect the national goal of providing wholesome, healthy food that students like to eat. More information about the free and reduced-cost lunch program, including the online application, school lunch menus, costs and nutritional information, is available at http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/fns/

 

Phillippi Shores Elementary hosts 7K and 1-Mile Fun Run

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Gulliver family at Phillippi Shores Run 2014

GULLIVERS' TRAVELS: Pictured from left at the 2014 Phillippi Shores 7K Run and 1-Mile Fun Run are student Quinn Gulliver, parents Darla and David, and brother Devin.

SARASOTA, Oct. 9, 2015 – Phillippi Shores Elementary School will host its annual 7K Run and 1-Mile Fun Run from 7:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, at the school.

 

The family event is open to Phillippi Shores families and the community. It is sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club; the presenting sponsor is pediatric dentist Si McAninch (“Dr. Mac”). Runners may sign up the day of the race from 6-7 a.m.

Phillippi Shores Elementary School is located at 4747 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Gocio Elementary School hosts Hispanic Heritage Night

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Gocio Hispanic Heritage Night 2014

HISPANIC HERITAGE: Pictured from left, students Jonathon DeMarini Porras and Mack Philone enjoy the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Night at Gocio Elementary School.

SARASOTA, Oct. 8, 2015 – Gocio Elementary School will host its annual Hispanic Heritage Night from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at the school. The event, which welcomes Gocio students and their families, will include music, dancing, food and activities inspired by the cultures of Hispanic countries.

The festivities will include a parade of flags displayed by students dressed in the traditional clothing of several nations, displays of memorabilia from Hispanic countries, face painting, juggling and more. Twenty organizations will share information about resources available to Gocio families. Dancing, including performances by the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, will begin at 7 p.m.

Gocio Elementary School is located at 3450 Gocio Road, Sarasota.

Pine View assistant principal gets state Hispanic educator award

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Sue Fair Hispanic Educator Award 10-5-15

CELEBRATING AN EDUCATOR: At a reception Oct. 5 at the Governor’s Mansion, Pine View Assistant Principal Sue Ramirez-Fair, center, accepts the Hispanic Heritage Excellence in Education Award from Gov. Rick Scott, Mrs. Scott, and, at right, Juan Carlos Flores of AT&T, a corporate sponsor of the event.

TALLAHASSEE, Oct. 7, 2015 – Gov. Rick Scott presented Pine View School Assistant Principal Sue Ramirez-Fair with the Hispanic Heritage Excellence in Education Award at the Governor’s Mansion Oct. 5. Ramirez-Fair, 67, was one of three state educators who received the award. She represented middle schools; awards also were given to educators at the elementary and high school levels. Pine View serves intellectually gifted students in grades two through 12. 

The awards, which also included essay and art awards for students, were part of Hispanic Heritage Month in Florida, which recognizes the contributions of Hispanic community leaders, educators and students to Florida and the nation.

A 19-year veteran of the school district, Ramirez-Fair began her career with the district in 1996 as a bus driver, then became a bookkeeper, earned a bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education and a master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. She attended the district’s Leadership Academy, which prepares employees to be administrators. The daughter of migrant workers who insisted their children attain great accomplishments that only education can provide, she was the first in her family to graduate from high school and college.

Pine View teacher Fran Squires, who nominated Ramirez-Fair for the Hispanic Heritage Excellence in Education Award, called Ramirez-Fair a “beloved assistant principal” and “a powerful Hispanic woman.”

“Sue knows every aspect of our school system,” said Squires. “She has a loving yet firm leadership quality that endears her to our staff. She is quick to recognize leadership; she facilitates opportunities for teachers to challenge themselves to achieve excellence. As a native Spanish speaker, she assists the staff, students and families of our Hispanic students. She enjoys being in classrooms, and we feel her warmth and spirit of joy when we share our accomplishments and those of our students.”

Outside of school, Ramirez-Fair has volunteered for the Literacy Council of Sarasota, worked with Hispanic Achievers to assist help Hispanic students with high school graduation and college preparation, and served as a “Unidos Now” mentor for Hispanic students. She has served on the advisory board for Keiser University and is the administrator for the mentoring program for beginning teachers at Pine View. 

Education Foundation names new executive director

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Ed Foundation exec director Jennifer Vigne 2015

NEW LEADER: Jennifer Vigne has been named the next executive director of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, effective Nov. 2

This news release is from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

SARASOTA, Oct. 6, 2015 - The board of directors of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County has named Jennifer Vigne as its new executive director. Vigne (pronounced "vine") succeeds Susan Scott, who is retiring in January 2016 after four years leading the organization. Vigne assumes her new position Monday, Nov. 2. 

“After an exhaustive search with many outstanding candidates, we are thrilled to have Jennifer bring her leadership skills and effective fundraising talents to the Education Foundation. We are committed to prepare every student for tomorrow’s world and confidently believe Jennifer will help us realize that vision,” said Jason Swift, Education Foundation board chairman.

Vigne is joining the Education Foundation because of her passion for education. “I can have the greatest impact working to enhance education for all students in Sarasota County,” noted Vigne.

Vigne is a prominent development professional from the Sarasota-Manatee nonprofit community who most recently served as Mote Marine Laboratory’s campaign director, leading its ongoing $50 million comprehensive campaign. She also guided the successful completion of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School’s campaign, which resulted in a new middle school, as well as overall growth in its philanthropic advancement efforts while she served as the school’s director of marketing & development.  With 25 years of combined education, nonprofit and corporate sector work experience, Vigne received her M.Ed. from the University of South Florida in educational leadership, her B.S. degree from Florida State University, and is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Vigne is the president-elect of the Southwest Florida AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) chapter, current chair of National Philanthropy Day, a graduate of Leadership Manatee and Leadership Sarasota, and a recent graduate of the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. 

About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County, founded in 1988 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, serves more than 43,000 students in 52 elementary, middle and high schools. The Education Foundation is the leading advocate for an exceptional public education for all students in Sarasota County. With strong support from donors and the community, the Education Foundation undertakes significant, high impact projects and initiatives that go beyond what tax dollars can provide. The Foundation encourages donors with a passion for education to express their imagination in finding solutions, to make an investment in providing new opportunities for student learning, and to share the inspiration their generosity sparks in young people whose lives are forever changed. For more information, visit www.edfoundation.net or call 941-927-0965.

Community celebrates National Night Out at Laurel Nokomis School

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National Night Out logo

This news release is from Sarasota County Government:

SARASOTA COUNTY, Sept. 28, 2014 - Sarasota County will join thousands of others nationwide in celebrating National Night Out 2015 with a local event aimed at crime prevention. The celebration will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Laurel Nokomis School, 1900 Laurel Road E., Nokomis. 

Residents are invited to come out and enjoy free food, entertainment and activities for children. The event will also feature door prizes, interactive displays and visits from familiar children's characters. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit will host demonstrations, and participants can check out a SWAT junior obstacle course and a Strider bike course. Parking is free.  

National Night Out is co-sponsored by Sarasota County, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Sarasota County Schools and Target. Sarasota is a past national award winner for outstanding participation. 

The national event organizer is the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch (NATW), with events in more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S, territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. 

The event is designed to: 

  • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts;
  • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships;
  • send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are also invited to enter this year's "Look for the Helpers" poster contest by illustrating one of the helpers in their neighborhood. One winner's artwork will be selected and presented with a Target gift card at the Oct. 6 event. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Entry forms are available online at www.scgov.net/neighborhoodservices.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

 

 

 

District seeks volunteers for Project SUCCESS in middle schools

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Project SUCCESS tutors at Booker Middle 9-30-15

TUTOR TIME: Booker Middle School students Janiah Gregory, at left, and Vanessa Mendoza-Martinez work with volunteer Ken Marsh during Tutor Time, part of the Project SUCCESS program. At back table, volunteer George Mims tutors students Anthony Jenkins and Amilcar Gonzalez.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Oct. 1, 2015 – Adult volunteers are needed in the Sarasota County School District for a program launched this school year at four of its middle schools: Heron Creek in North Port; and Booker, McIntosh and Sarasota Middle in Sarasota. The program is known as Project SUCCESS (Students Using College and Career Explorations to become Self-confident Scholars). About 280 students are currently in the program.

The goal of Project SUCCESS is to help prepare middle school students for high school, college and careers. The comprehensive experience is designed to make them aware of their choices for post-secondary education and the workforce.

Project SUCCESS has two components: a school-wide initiative and an elective class. Both components are structured to provide academic and non-academic experiences each week, and both aim to inspire students to envision and plan for their future. Students who participate in the elective class agree to stay focused on their future in categories that include attendance, grades, behavior and participation. They learn organizational skills; set goals for personal, academic and life success; participate in literacy activities based on their reading level; receive individualized tutor time; meet and hear guest speakers from local organizations and companies; and visit colleges and workplaces. Classrooms are decorated with pennants, T-shirts and other college memorabilia to inspire students about what they can achieve through higher education.

Adult volunteers are needed for weekly Tutor Time, known as T2. During these periods, which vary in length and time of day at each schools, students lead each other through a problem-solving exercise with the help of their volunteer tutor. This inquiry-based tutoring session begins when students pose challenging questions or problems. The adult tutor and students within each T2 group work to finding solutions to the problems.

“Project SUCCESS is an exciting program and a unique volunteer opportunity,” said Sarasota County Schools Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator Tanice Knopp. “We’re looking for people who really want to make a difference in the lives of students by sharing an hour of their time each week. No expertise or preparation is needed for the subjects students explore each week with the volunteers, who serve as positive adult role models. Teachers at each of the participating schools will provide training for the volunteers.”

In addition to their time with volunteers, students participate in weekly coaching sessions with their teachers. Instructional strategies incorporate research-proven techniques. The Project SUCCESS experience also includes cooperative learning and an emphasis on student responsibility and accountability. 

People interested in volunteering for Project SUCCESS are encouraged to contact Knopp at tanice.knopp@sarasotacountyschools.net or 941-927-9000, ext. 31502. 

County schools to launch electronic flyer distribution service

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The Sarasota County School District this week is launching a new electronic system for delivering flyers to families about services, activities and programs offered through the schools by community agencies or by school business partners. The service will be provided by a company called Peachjar Eflyers.

The service will deliver flyers electronically to families via email and school websites rather than having students carry paper flyers home in backpacks. The service uses technology to reduce unnecessary consumption of paper and to save time and money, both for the district and for its community partners.

Families and school staff at participating schools have been sent information about the new service via email and the district parent notification system.
 

Community organizations and school business partners that wish to distribute flyers should follow the process described below to have flyers approved and distributed electronically rather than printing paper flyers and delivering them to schools. Once an appropriate transition has been allowed for organizations to become familiar with the electronic system, paper flyers from community organizations and businesses will no longer be distributed.

Procedure for requesting flyer approval and distribution:
  • Visit www.peachjar.com
  • Click the Enrichment button
  • Follow the instructions on the How it Works for Community Organizations page to

            1. Register as an Enrichment /Community Organization

            2. Post a flier and

            3. Select the schools where you want it sent

  • Approved flyers will be emailed to parents and posted to your selected school websites.
Flyers for non-profit organizations will be submitted to the Sarasota County School District Communications Department for approval based on the guidelines below. Once the flyer is approved at the district office, it will be forwarded to the school for final approval.

Flyers for for-profit businesses will be submitted directly to the school or schools the submitting business chooses for final approval. All flyers are distributed at the discretion of the school principal.

The Peachjar service is free to schools and to community organizations and businesses that provide free activities and services to students and families. Peachjar charges a fee for distributing flyers for organizations and businesses that charge admission or fees for their services, but the fee is typically much less than the cost of printing and delivering paper flyers to schools.

SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOLS FLYER APPROVAL GUIDELINES

Flyers advertising activities sponsored by not-for-profit organizations:  

1. Flyers for not-for-profit organizations must be approved by the district Communications Department prior to being submitted to principals for approval. Flyers submitted to Peachjar will be automatically forwarded to the Communications Department. If the flyer is approved, it will be forwarded to principals. If it is not approved it will be returned to the submitting organization with instructions on what needs to be changed for it to be approved. Pdf files are preferred.

2. A copy of the organization’s 501(c) 3 document must be submitted to Peachjar to document its

Non-profit status.

3. Once a flyer is approved by the Communications Department, the flyer also must be approved by the school principal before it can be distributed to families at that school. Some schools do not distribute flyers. District approval allows principals to distribute a flyer, but does not direct or require them to do so. Whether or not a flyer is accepted for distribution is at the discretion of the school principal. 

4. The disclaimer below must be printed on the flyer: 

“Public schools are permitted to provide information to parents regarding student activities and services offered by not-for-profit organizations. The School Board of Sarasota County provides this information as a service to students and their families. Distribution of information does not constitute an endorsement of an activity or service.” 

5. The flyer must clearly state all costs to participants in the activity advertised. 

6. The activity may not discriminate against or in any way exploit any student, family member or other potential participant. 

7. Teachers or other school staff members may voluntarily provide minimal support time for an advertised activity, but may not be required to do so. 

Flyers advertising activities sponsored by for-profit businesses:

Flyers for for-profit organizations are not approved at the district office. Individual school principals may approve the distribution of flyers for their school business partners. Because requirements for becoming a school business partner vary among schools, businesses wishing to distribute flyers at multiple schools must receive permission from each principal. distribute flyers at multiple schools must receive permission from each principal.

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Communications and Community Relations
Gary Leatherman, Director
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Phone: 941-927-4009 or
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Leanne McIntire, Manager
leanne.mcintire@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-361-6355
Fax: 941-361-6358 
4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, Florida 34233

Volunteer & Partnership Office
Danielle Schwied, Coordinator 
danielle.schwied@sarasotacountyschools.net

Alice Faria Stevens, Administrative Assistant 
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Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31500
Fax: 941-361-6539
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