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Local chefs cook with students at 5th Kids N Chefs Sundown Gala

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CHEFS OF THE FUTURE: In April, Chef Chris Covelli of Culinary Creations partnered with McIntosh Middle School students to create a pasta dish for the Kids N Chefs Sundown Gala. Pictured with Covelli from left are Zendarean Fletcher, Madison Evans and Claire Bieniasz. The fall event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Pine View School in Osprey.

OSPREY, Oct. 20, 2017 – The Food and Nutrition Services Department of Sarasota County Schools will host the fifth annual Chefs Move to Schools: Kids N Chefs Sundown Gala, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Pine View School. The dinner will be served in the school cafeteria.

The Chefs Move to Schools program pairs local 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, while chefs gain an understanding of school food service and the National School Lunch Program. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/CM2S2017 or directly from Food and Nutrition Services staff and School Nutrition Association members. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to a Sarasota County School Nutrition Association fund that awards annual college scholarships to high school seniors in each of the district’s traditional public high schools.  

Chefs and restaurant owners partnering with schools to create chef-inspired, kid-approved recipes featuring Florida-grown foods include:  

  • Chef Paul Mattison, chef/owner, Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering (Pine View School)
  • Chef Ray Lajoie, chef, Mattison’s Forty-One (Phillippi Shores Elementary)
  • Chef Michael Yoder, chef, Oak & Stone (Ashton Elementary)
  • Chef Steve Phelps, chef/owner, Indigenous (Alta Vista Elementary)
  • Chef Evan Gastman, chef, The Cottage (Tuttle Elementary)
  • Chef Mark Woodruff, chef, Made Restaurant (Fruitville Elementary)  

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 Sundown Gala.

Pine View School is located at 1 Python Path in Osprey.

Education Foundation hosts 2nd Annual Student Hackathon

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#SRQHacks: Members of the winning Hackathon team, Carma, accept their award. Pictured from left are Lisl Liang, judge; Anne Essner, judge; Bear Mancinni; Anastasia Samedi; Douglas Cherry, judge; Dylan Cross; Connor Rutherford; Grace Hutchison; Anand Pallegar, judge; Jennifer Vigne, president of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County; Ricardo Pascasio Jr.; Judge Charles Williams, judge; Liam Hines; Jon Stuart, judge; and Superintendent Todd Bowden, judge.

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

SARASOTA, Oct. 19, 2017 - Powered by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, the region’s 2nd Annual Student Hackathon was held October 13-15 at Ringling College of Art + Design. The intense, three-day immersive experience paired nearly 100 students age 13-18 years old with over 40 mentors, forming 10 teams that worked to “hack their education” by creating technological applications designed to advance student learning. The event was made possible thanks to lead event sponsor Gulf Coast Community Foundation with support from Catalina Charitable Foundation, Sarasota Underground, Informa, WUSF Public Media, LogicJunction and United Data Technologies.

“Watching the student presentations and interaction with community mentors is nothing short of inspiring,” noted Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. “#SRQHacks embodies more than just our mission. This event showcases the tremendous capacity, curiosity and creativity our students can unlock when they are involved in engaging project-based learning experiences. It’s also fair to mention how much we learned from the students themselves!”  

Team Carma took the grand prize, pitching an application they described as the “uber for students.” Utilizing properly screened adult volunteers, Carma would allow students to have safe transportation to and from school and school-related activities while notifying parents of their whereabouts throughout the ride. Members of the winning team each received an Apple iPad Pro. An added surprise was an invitation by SRQMedia CEO Lisl Liang to have Team Carma attend the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Symposia on Transportation as her guest.

Team Focalpoint took runner-up with an in-school application that combines and builds on the features of Blackboard and Remind while encouraging student engagement. Each member of Team Focalpoint received an Amazon Echo prize pack.

In his comments to the participants, Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools Dr. Todd Bowden remarked, “it is rare when someone steps forward and presents me with both a problem and a solution.” He expressed his enthusiasm for the incredible work done by the teams over just three days and made note of the recurring themes of added student engagement in each presentation.

The 2nd Annual #SRQHacks connected community professionals from the technology, design and business fields with students from 21 area schools with every Sarasota County middle and high school represented. With “Hack Your Education” as the overarching theme, each of the 10 student/mentor teams created a mobile application and corresponding business plan to address a specific area of need identified by the students. The weekend event concluded with a “Shark Tank” style pitch by each team to a panel of judges that included Dr. Todd Bowden (Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools), Douglas Cherry (Intellectual Patent Attorney at Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick LLP), Anne Essner (Board Member of Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Lisl Liang (CEO of SRQ Media), Anand Pallegar (CEO, DreamLarge), Jon Stuart (SCORE Mentor) and the Honorable Charles Williams (Chief Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court).  

About the 2017 #SRQHacks Hackathon

The pace of change due to technological advances is moving fast. So fast that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented, according to a report authored by the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and a panel of 20 tech, business and academic experts from around the world. During the next 10 years, there will be 1 million more computing jobs than there are graduating students to fill them. Thirty percent of jobs will require technology and coding skills. These facts have led to increased demand for coding classes that train students in logic, critical thinking and design.

However, the existing classes offered can take students only so far; aspiring coders need access to more advanced training to be successful. With 52 percent of Sarasota County students eligible for free or reduced lunch, there are many children without resources needed to train for the workforce of tomorrow. With this in mind, the Education Foundation established #SRQHacks in 2016. The theme of the second annual event focused on education, allowing students to “hack” their education by identifying obstacles and designing applications to overcome these hurdles and provide a more positive learning environment.

About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is an independent partner working to advance philanthropic support for Sarasota County Schools. Its mission is to enhance the potential of students, promote excellence in teaching and inspire innovation in education. Guided by the belief that education changes lives, the Education Foundation strives to match each donor’s passion with high-impact projects created to ensure students graduate with purpose and are prepared for a post-secondary pathway. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County and its philanthropic investors are champions for students, teachers, and schools. For more information on how to be a champion for education, visit EdFoundationSRQ.org.

Sarasota County students get help with college financial aid applications

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NOTE: This news release is from the Talent4Tomorrow Partnership.

The Talent4Tomorrow Partnership assisted 72 families on October 12 at Sarasota High School to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Trained community volunteers from CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, UnidosNow and United Way Suncoast, as well as financial aid officers from Ringling College of Art & Design, State College of Florida, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and Keiser University, offered guidance on completing the application. The Talent4Tomorrow Partnership is offering additional free FAFSA assistance available for all Sarasota County high school seniors at: 

  • North Port High School— Thursday, Oct. 19, 2-8 p.m. (Cafeteria), 6400 W Price Blvd, North Port
  • Booker High School—Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2:30-7:30 p.m. (Media Center), 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota

     The FAFSA is required for any student applying for federal and state financial aid programs, such as the Pell grant, as well as for many scholarship programs. Through leading local efforts made by the Talent4Tomorrow Partnership last year, 45.5% of Sarasota County high school seniors competed the FAFSA. This is a 9.1% change over the previous application year, equating to an estimated additional $513,180 in Pell grants awarded to Sarasota County students. According to the US Dept. of Education, the average Pell grant award in 2015-16 was $3,728. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,920. 

    The Talent4Tomorrow Partnership is a broad community collaborative known as a “Local College Access Network.” Lead agencies in the partnership include: Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Sarasota County Schools, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, UnidosNow, and United Way Suncoast. Additional support for these FAFSA assistance events comes from the Florida Philanthropic Network through its College Access & Success Initiative (CASI). CASI is an initiative of the Florida Philanthropic Network, made possible through funding from the Helios Education Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, to strengthen Local College Access Networks around the state.

    The Talent4Tomorrow Partnership is dedicated to bringing together community partner organizations to build a competitive workforce for the region by supporting data-driven programs and collaborative actions which increase the number of college graduates in fields that are in high demand. “Millions of dollars in financial aid grants are left unclaimed every year because parents and students don’t complete the FAFSA,” noted Steve Cantees, Executive Director of High Schools for Sarasota County Schools. “Through the Talent4Tomorrow Partnership, we are able to provide incredible support which will pay off in real college money for our students.”

    Additional resources and event information can be found at www.t4tsarasota.org. For more information, please contact Mimi Cirbusova at mcirbusova@sarasotachamber.com or 941-556-4038. 

     

    Booker Middle teacher gets USF Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award

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    DISTINGUISHED USF ALUM: Booker Middle School Teacher Joanna Fox will be honored Oct. 13 by the University of South Florida.

    NOTE: This is part of a longer news release about the USF Distinguished Alumni Awards. Booker Middle School Creative Writing Teacher Joanna Fox will receive the Dean's Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award at an event at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 13. The complete USF news release is available at this link: http://www.usf.edu/education/about-us/news/2017/distinguished-alumni-awards-2017.aspx

    TAMPA, Fla. (October 9, 2017) – The University of South Florida (USF) College of Education is proud to announce the recipients of the College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

    Each year, the USF College of Education is proud to present our Distinguished Alumni Awards in conjunction with the USF Homecoming events, which will take place Oct. 9-13. Join us on Friday, Oct. 13 for our Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception as we honor Joanna Fox, English Education `99, with the Dean's Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award, Dr. Ara Rogers, MA `96 and PhD `04, with the Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award and Tyler Campbell, English Education `12, with the newly established Young Alumni Award.

    The reception begins at 4:00 p.m. in the College of Education Rotunda with the program to begin at 5:00 p.m. in TECO Hall of the College of Education David C. Anchin Center.

    The recipient of the Dean's Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award is recognized as a community member who has demonstrated long-term contributions, achievement and service within education or a related profession — on a local, state, regional, national and/or global level.

    Since graduating from the College of Education in 1999 with a degree in English Education, Joanna Fox has served for 17 years at Booker Middle School, a National School of Merit in Sarasota, Fla. Fox has revolutionized the way creative writing is taught to her students by providing them with a comfortable and unique place to let their ideas flow in her classroom that she and her students refer to as “The Dragonfly Café.”  

    Fox has tackled common challenges in the middle school setting through her teaching, such as providing her students a creative outlet to have their voices heard through off-campus poetry performances, and having her students’ families become involved in the writing process at Family Writing Nights.

    “There is a quote on (the wall of the classroom), ‘Words will take you places; how far do you want to go?’,” Fox said. “Seeing my current students and my former students who have gone out into the world fueling their lives with words and going places is one of my greatest joys as a teacher.”

    Because of her work, Fox has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the Florida Teacher Certification Examination’s Beginning Teacher of the Year Award and Teacher of Excellence Award, the Arts Leadership Award for Sarasota County, Scholastic’s Outstanding Educator Award and the International River of Words/Kalmanovitz School of Education Teacher of the Year Award. 

    “It is exceptional to be recognized for doing something you love doing,” Fox said. “It’s not my job. It’s my joy. Lifetime achievement resonates with the gravid sound of recognition for work of worth.”

    Booker High students stage Arthur Miller classic, ‘The Crucible’

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    WITCH HUNT: Cast members of the Booker High School production of ‘The Crucible’ rehearse the play. Pictured from left are Jessica Apatow, Storm Tracy and Sarah Johnson.

    SARASOTA, Oct. 10, 2017 – The Booker High School VPA Theatre Department will present Arthur Miller’s classic American play, “The Crucible,” as its season opener. The play runs Thursday, Oct. 12, through Saturday, Oct. 14.

    The play depicts a group of girls who get caught dabbling in “witchcraft” in the woods, prompting them to accuse innocent Salem residents of being witches to divert attention from themselves. The accusations unleash hysteria that threatens to ruins reputations and lives.

    Published in 1953, “The Crucible” is often considered an allegory for the McCarthyism of that time, but director Sunny Smith says that many of its themes and message resonate today. The phrase “witch hunt” has gained renewed popularity.

    “In our current political climate, something as simple as a charge of ‘fake news’ destroys trust and makes us examine the information we’re getting,” Smith said. “It’s similar in ‘The Crucible.’ What’s a lie and what’s the truth? We’re living in a similar climate of accusation, which I think students can really relate to.”

    Aside from offering acting students a medium for assessing the contemporary political environment, Smith said the characters of the play — though their lives are in many ways different from contemporary teenage lives — give students a chance to work through ideas that are common in high school: self-doubt, deep demons, and hypocrisy. To see adult characters from the 1600s struggle with such issues can be illuminating, said Smith.

    “They see that the essential fiber of being a young woman, or the core of being a proud and honorable man, trying to do the right thing, are universal,” Smith said. “Our human nature doesn’t change but our circumstances do.”

    The Crucible opens the VPA Theatre Department’s season that embraces the theme, “the thrill of the hunt and the excitement of the chase.” The season will continue with the musical “James and the Giant Peach,” Dec. 7-9; “Much Ado About Nothing,” Feb. 22-24; and “Hello, Dolly,” April 19-22.

    “While these are such different shows, they all incorporate the journey of discovery, and in ‘The Crucible,’ you have a group of people exploring their belief system,” said Smith.

    “The Crucible” runs Oct. 12-14 at 7 p.m. at the Booker High School VPA Theatre, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students, and can be purchased online at www.bookervpa.com/tickets; by phone at (941) 355-2967, ext. 65211; or at the door. 

    College Night, canceled due to Irma, now scheduled for Feb. 28

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    SARASOTA, Oct. 10, 2017 - The Sarasota County School District's College Night, originally scheduled for Sept. 7 but canceled due to Hurricane Irma, has been rescheduled for 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Robarts Arena in Sarasota. 

    Representatives of colleges, universities and other options in higher education from throughout the U.S. will provide information for students and parents. Details will be released closer to the date of the event.

    Free school meals end Friday, Oct. 20; costs resume Monday, Oct. 23

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    SARASOTA, Oct. 9, 2017 - Since Sept. 18, the USDA and the Florida Department of Agriculture have made possible free school breakfasts and lunches for students in counties affected by Hurricane Irma, including Sarasota County. The free-meal program continues through Friday, Oct. 20. 

    On Monday, Oct. 23, students will return to paid, free or reduced-cost status. The regular cost is $2.25 at elementary schools, $2.50 at middle schools and $2.75 to $3 at high schools. Reduced-cost meals for eligible students are 40 cents.

    All students who were on a free or reduced-cost meal status in 2016-17 will no longer be on this status. Eligible parents should complete a confidential application for their child to receive free or reduced-cost school meals so that there is no lapse in service. Click here for the application or call the Sarasota County Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department at 941-486-2199 with any questions.

    Sarasota High School to host Homecoming Pep Rally Oct. 12

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    GO SAILORS! Sarasota High will hold a Homecoming Pep Rally complete with fireworks Thursday, Oct. 12.

    SARASOTA, Oct. 6, 2017 –  Sarasota High School is excited to invite all students, families, alumni and supporters of the Sailors to attend its Homecoming Pep Rally at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at Cleland Stadium on the SHS campus.  This free event will be hosted by Meredith Michaels from 107.9 WSRZ’s Jones and Company morning show and will highlight the school’s fall sport student athletes. It is the start of a two-night celebration culminating in the homecoming game and senior night on Friday, Oct. 13 (7:30 kick-off vs. Braden River High). 

    “We look forward to seeing everyone celebrate what makes Sarasota High School so special!,” said Principal David Jones. “Go Sailors!”

    The Pep Rally will feature Sarasota High School club floats and will include performances from the Sarasota High School Cheerleaders, music from the Sarasota High School Mighty Sailor Marching Band, and a special performance by former Senior Majorette Queen of America and Sarasota High School alumna fire baton twirler Jennafaye Holliday Thacker.  Capping off the event will be a fireworks show around 7:45 p.m., presented by Zambelli Fireworks.  

    Sarasota High School is located at 2155 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. 

    About Sarasota High School
    Sarasota High School is the “first and finest” high school in Sarasota County.  First opened in 1913, Sarasota High has a rich tradition of excellence and community support. The school is home to academically-rigorous programs such as the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program and the Mathematics Science and Technology (MaST) Program. Championship athletics programs also shine at SHS, providing a world-class educational and social experience. Sarasota High School continues to set the mark for excellence in education.  Go Sailors! 


    Guests serve National School Lunch Week menu October 9-13

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    SERVING IT UP from top to bottom: In celebration of National School Lunch Week 2017 School Board members Eric Robinson, Shirley Brown and Laurel Nokomis School Principal Ray Wilson serve lunch.

    SARASOTA COUNTY, Oct. 6, 2017 – The Sarasota County School District is celebrating National School Lunch Week Oct. 9-13 with appearances by guest servers at various school cafeterias around the district, including School Board members; Superintendent Todd Bowden; police officers, deputies and firefighters; school principals and district administrators. The guest servers will take shifts at various schools, offering students such diverse lunch selections as Grilled Cheese Paninis, Vegetarian Taco Salad, Miami Beef Cheeseburgers, Mandarin Chicken Salad and the ever-popular Nachos with Chili and Cheese.

    On an average day, Sarasota County Schools serves students an average of about 6,300 breakfasts, 22,000 lunches, 650 after-school snacks and 930 suppers. The regular cost is $2.25 at elementary schools, $2.50 at middle schools and $2.75 to $3 at high schools. However, through Friday, Oct. 20, all students are receiving free meals, thanks to the USDA and Florida Department of Agriculture, which are making meals available at no cost to students in counties affected by Hurricane Irma, including Sarasota County.

    Beverly Girard, director of Food and Nutrition Services, reports that the percentage of students receiving year-round free lunches and reduced-cost lunches at a cost of 40 cents each reached a district average of 51 percent last school year.

    “We urge eligible families to apply for their children to receive free or reduced-cost meals if it will help their financial situation,” said Girard. “Even if they are only in need of assistance temporarily, we encourage parents and guardians to consider this opportunity. Our online application system makes it fast and easy 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 www.tinyurl.com/SCS-FNS.

    State of Jobs Conference Parents Night set for Robarts Arena Oct. 10

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    To register for this event please visit:

    Join us at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Robarts Arena for the inaugural State of Jobs Conference Parent’s Night. The event is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Manatee Community Foundation.

    the event will showcase a variety of local career and college opportunities, with representatives from trending businesses and industries, colleges and universities. 

    . The evening will focus on six topics of discussion.

    • Engineering & High-Tech Manufacturing
    • Healthcare
    • Information Technology
    • Arts & Culture
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Business/Entrepreneurship

    In addition to learning about these industries in a short keynote setting, parents will have the opportunity to hear and speak with some of the local higher education institutions we have in our community. These institutions include but are not limited to:

    • State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota
    • Ringling College of Art & Design
    • LECOM
    • New College of Florida
    • Manatee Technical College
    • Keiser University
    • University of Florida Innovation Station

    There is no cost for the evening and it includes dinner. Registration is required. Once we fill up seats, we will provide an opportunity to register for the waiting list and will be contacted day-of if more spots become available.

    For questions about parents night, please contact Chris Laney at claney@careersourcesc.com.

    Five Star, Golden Schools celebrated for community involvement

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    FIVE-STAR SCHOOLS: Bay Haven School of Basics Plus and Venice Elementary were among the 39 Sarasota County schools honored at the School Board meeting Oct. 3. The school has received the Five Star School Award for 23 years running. Pictured from left in top photo are Superintendent Todd Bowden, Bay Haven Principal Chad Erickson and School Board Chairwoman Caroline Zucker. Bottom photo: Bowden, Venice Elementary Principal Erin Del Castillo, Zucker.

    SARASOTA COUNTY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Thirty-nine Sarasota County public schools have been awarded the Golden School Award for their community involvement in 2016-17; 17 of those received the Five Star School Award. The schools were recognized at the Oct. 3 meeting of the School Board of Sarasota County.

    “The completion of the Golden School and Five Star requirements demonstrates how devoted the schools and their surrounding communities are to their students’ success,” said Lyndsey Cantees, coordinator of the district’s Volunteer & Partnership Office. “We are so grateful to the staff members, parents, community members and business partners that give their time to ensure their schools and students are supported. Immense time and energy goes in to completing the criteria for the Five Star Award and we are proud of our winners for striving for the highest standard.”

    The Golden School Award has been presented annually for over three decades to public schools with exemplary volunteer programs. Schools must document volunteer hours equaling twice the student enrollment, train at least 80 percent of their faculty to work with volunteers, designate a volunteer coordinator and formally recognize their volunteers.

    The Five Star School Award honors schools with exemplary programs that fully integrate comprehensive community involvement toward student achievement through community and business partnerships, family involvement, volunteerism, student community service efforts and initiatives of the school’s advisory council, which is made up of parents and other community members as well as school staff. To qualify for the Five Star School Award, a school must first have a “C” grade or above and meet Golden School Award eligibility requirements, as well as providing extensive documentation that they meet the 31 criteria set by the Florida Department of Education.

    Two Sarasota County public schools have been Five Star Schools since the award began in 1994: Bay Haven School of Basics Plus in Sarasota and Venice Elementary School.

    In addition to recognizing outstanding schools, the Five Star School Award also serves as an assessment tool for schools to measure the success of their programs and identifies schools with programs that serve as models for other schools.

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    ACE to offer half-price Family Saturday classes starting Oct. 7

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    SARASOTA COUNTY, Oct. 3, 2017 — Adult & Community Enrichment (ACE) at Suncoast Technical College is launching Family Saturdays Oct. 7, featuring half-price admission to classes of special interest to families.

    Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the classes are designed to bring generations of family members together to learn something new and have fun in a creative environment. For a few hours on a Saturday, children ages 12 and higher can pair up with a significant adult in their lives and discover a new world of learning.

    Family Saturdays are made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County through the Allen Wirtz Nobbe and Jo Bowen Nobbe Fund. Thanks to this grant, the course fees have been reduced considerably making the class offerings more affordable to families.

    “While there are plenty of opportunities for family activities in our community, many of the classes provide a chance for only the child to learn, leaving the adult family members as spectators,” said ACE Program Manager Laura Trubac. “Our new initiative involves both adults and children, giving them a chance to laugh, learn and grow together. We are grateful to the Community Foundation for making it possible for us to offer these classes at a reduced rate to our local families.”

    On the next page is the list of classes designed especially for families. All classes will be held on Saturdays.

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    ACE plans to continue Family Saturdays into the winter term with a new selection of classes. To learn more about ACE Family Saturdays, visit www.ace-sarasota.com. Families can register for the classes online, at the ACE office at Suncoast Technical College at 4748 Beneva Road, Building 3, Sarasota, or by calling 941-361-6590.

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