Tag Archives: Collier County Schools

Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

Collier County Embraces Kindness Awareness

By Jory Westberry Having a conversation with Bob Latruba, the supporter of One Million Acts of Kindness and The Kindness Bus is like looking into a gentle heart, filled with compassion and dedication to his cause: Stop Bullying – Be Kind. His mission, ever since the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 17, 2007, is to touch as many lives ... Read More »

Pickleball For All

By Paige Mitschele Florida is the vanguard of a movement that is sweeping the nation: the sport of Pickleball. It has taken speed beyond all bounds and few have known how to harness its force like Jim Ludwig. There are pickleball players. There are pickleball pros….and then there are individuals whom have become ambassadors of the sport, free of charge, donating their time and admiration for pickleball’s growth ... Read More »

Camp Stellar – Out of this World!

By Samantha Husted The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department has created a new camp for middle school aged students. It’s called “Camp Stellar” and it runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mackle Park. Camp Stellar was designed specifically to cater towards the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who have grown too ... Read More »

Cheers for Champs Has MIA Looking Ahead

By Roger LaLonde Marco Island Academy is always looking ahead. While just the basketball team has won a district title, the school held its first Cheers for Champions dinner on May 28. The dinner was about supporting all sports. Attendees, 130, enjoyed dinner at Kretch’s Restaurant, athletes modeling worn out uniforms needing replacement and auction items that added to the ... Read More »

My Art My Way Exhibit Featuring Students Art

 The Naples Art Association (www.NaplesArt.org) – a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand cultural opportunities, broaden education, and enrich Southwest Florida through the visual arts – is pleased to announce the unveiling of the My Art My Way exhibition, which will feature artwork created by students with disabilities from Oakridge and Golden Gate Middle Schools, will be on display May ... Read More »


The Collier County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) passed the “Collier County Illicit Synthetic Drugs Ordinance” on Jan. 8 to assist the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in their efforts to control the increasing use of illicit synthetic drugs. Known as synthetic marijuana and a myriad of names like “Bath Salts,” “Spice” and “K2,” these substances were being sold at local service stations and ... Read More »


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open up for the Collier County schools’ winter holiday break from Saturday, December 22, through Sunday, January 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The park will be closed December 25, Christmas Day. The park is offering a special discount for the ... Read More »

TBE tennis debate

By Danielle Dodder For 20 years, an informal group of about 40 locals and snowbirds gathered at the tennis courts at Tommie Barfield Elementary, to play pickup tennis games at the last free public access courts on the island. Earlier this month the courts were closed after the city determined that needed repairs would be too costly. The group suddenly ... Read More »

Back to school

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff mulletrapper@gmail.com School started this week, and our children are back after a summer of fun. Our Everglades City School (Pre-K through 12th grade) has a new principal, Mr. Robert (Bob) Spano, who has over 20 years of experience as principal of various Collier County Schools. He has been teaching in this county since 1978 ... Read More »


Collier County Public Library is pleased to partner again with Collier County Schools to help supply children and teachers with much needed supplies this school year. Over the past two years library customers have positively impacted the beginning of the school year for hundreds of children by contributing supplies that their parents and caregivers could not afford to purchase. This ... Read More »

Florida’s State Butterfly

PLANT TALK  Mike Malloy  mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com The Zebra longwing (Heliconius charitonius) butterflies are easy to recognize, not only by their slow, floating and sometimes mesmerizing flight, but also by their elongated wings that are all black with yellow stripes. The slow-moving zebras are easy to photograph and observe, but when startled they can move as fast as a jet. They are ... Read More »

Healthy Relationships

While The Shelter exists to protect victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, bullying and dating violence, including victims’ pets, we are also focused on preventing violence before it can begin.You may be aware of our Hands Are for Helping, Not Hitting program offered in Collier County Schools. But, did you know we offer a Healthy Relationships course? The program is ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida receives $80,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to support education program

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support its educational program, “Learning Adventures,” during the 2011-2012 school year. This grant is the second year thatWalmart has supported education initiatives at the Conservancy, with support totaling more than $80,000. Through the “Learning Adventures” program, Conservancy of Southwest Florida environmental education naturalists visit Lee and Collier county schools ... Read More »