Tag Archives: students

Christmas Island Style Collectible Ornaments

Photos by Coastal Breeze News Staff: Judges hold the winning entries.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Every year students at Marco Island Charter Middle School are challenged with creating a new design for a Christmas Island Style collectible ornament. The theme for the 2017 ornament was a “Hibiscus Flower” and it received 137 entries. That made the task of choosing a winner very difficult for the judges. Judging took place at ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club Recognized

Top row, from left: County commissioners Penny Taylor, Tim Nance, Donna Fiala, Georgia
Hiller and Tom Henning. Bottom row: MIWC’s Mary Deetjen, Debbie Roddy, Jackie Pierce,
Shirley Thayer, Rosemary Wick and Hyla Crane.

By Debbie Roddy  Marco Island Woman’s Club, founded October 24, 1966, began its “Celebration of 50 Years of Giving Back” in January of this year. While members have been busy with a 50th Anniversary community project and celebratory events, the Club received well-deserved official recognition from both Collier County and the State of Florida for its service to the community. ... Read More »

Shell Art Sale

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Submitted It is time for one of Marco Island’s favorite holiday traditions- the Marco Island Shell Club Holiday Shell Art Sale. This fun event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM at the United Church of Marco. The Holiday Shell Art Sale offers visitors the chance to see what the Shell Club has been ... Read More »

MICMS Salutes Veterans

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Submitted The students, faculty and administration of Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) celebrated a “Salute to Veterans” program by donating $800 to the G.I. GO FUND for Disabled Veterans. The money was raised by students placing change into containers in their math classes and the faculty donating $5 each for the privilege of wearing jeans to school. The students ... Read More »

MIA Gets New Boys Soccer Coach

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After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian,
Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge
Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.

By Barry Gwinn After the win at Moore Haven, boys soccer team (from left), top row: Marshall Daffner, Kodie Dean, Ron Linn, Josh Dacruz, Jack Babian, Cameron Zook and Head Coach Fernando Higuera. Bottom row: Kaleb Acosta, Charlie Slonaker, Juan David Patino, Francisco Mendez, Jorge Munoz and Marco Disbel. Not pictured: Asst. Coach Bryan Gambuzina.  Fernando Higuera, 39, took over ... Read More »

Marco Firefighter/Paramedic Honored

Photos by Steve Stefanides: Chris Bowden addresses the crowd after receiving the award.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Pride was on display on November 9, as one of Marco’s firefighter/paramedics was awarded the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award. Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Bowden was presented the award for his response to a call for a man down at the Greater Marco YMCA Tennis Courts on April 19th of this year. Bowden ... Read More »

MICMS Raises Funds with Boots & Blues

Photos by Steve Stefanides: MICMS Jazz Band, led by Marty Miller.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Last Saturday evening the community came out in typical Marco Island fashion to help raise those precious dollars for the children that attend the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS). Dennis and Lisa Meurgue, the owners of the popular Bistro Soleil Restaurant at the historic Old Marco Inn, hosted the 8th Annual Dinner Dance and Silent ... Read More »

Another Year Helping Children for Kiwanis

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Outgoing officers and board members of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island.

By Maureen Chodaba The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently held their Installation Dinner Dance at Hideaway Beach Club. The local organization is a component of Kiwanis International, a global foundation of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Among other causes, Kiwanis International has taken on the global initiative of eliminating neo-natal ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Distributes Dictionaries

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently completed its annual distribution of dictionaries to local third graders. Rotarians Wanda Day and Skip Merriam were joined by Gene Burson in delivering the dictionaries to students and classrooms. The three volunteers delivered dictionaries to third graders at local schools as part of this annual Rotary project. The dictionaries are purchased ... Read More »

MIA Students Scramble for Snazzy Shirts

From left: Kelly Monnot, Abi Neal, Cassidy Carlson and Larissa Chystyk.

By Barry Gwinn  Marco Island Academy’s 230 students eat lunch in two shifts, beginning at 11:30 AM. They bring their own lunches and congregate on the Champagne Pavilion, named for benefactors, Rene and Tish Champagne. With rock music, blaring from the PA system, it vaguely recalls the school cafeterias many of us were used to – only on steroids. After ... Read More »

MIA Students to Monitor Artificial Habitats

Photo by Don Manley:
David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president
and executive director, and one of his company’s artificial dock habitats.

By Don Manley The artificial habitat pilot project designed to restore the cleanliness, health and aquatic diversity of the island’s canals will be aided by students from Marco Island Academy’s environmental science classes. As part of their classwork, the students will monitor the 25 habitats that were purchased earlier this year from Ocean Habitats, Inc., a small Fort Myers-based company ... Read More »

Marco Island Shell Club Seminar

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Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2016– Jeannine Windsor, Education Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, will demonstrate how she uses the microscopes and camera which were donated by the Marco Island Shell Club for her lessons with the middle school students who visit the RBNERR as part of their science curriculum. The seminar will begin at 6:00PM at the Dissler Hall ... Read More »

Broader Scope to Service to Others – Dogs?

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Over a decade ago, my husband and I committed to fostering a puppy that ultimately would be assigned to a handicapped or visually impaired person. The organization that we partnered with, “Paws with a Cause,” is based in Michigan. Our black Labrador puppy was named Opal by the students at Tommie Barfield ... Read More »

Full Swing Skill Development, Part III Club Face Awareness

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To see Todd Elliott’s skill development video on club face awareness, go to https://youtu.
be/nw_PYeoQwE0, or search “Todd Elliott Club Face Awareness” on YouTube.

All Things Golf Todd Elliott As we continue our journey toward better golf, let’s review for a moment why the process of skill development provides an excellent pathway to fulfilling each golfer’s capabilities. The capabilities of a golfer — or athletic ceiling — as I call it, plays an important part in how good a golfer can be, and how ... Read More »

New Kid’s Guide to Loving Our Beach

Samples of completed sea treasure bottles.

Submitted Earlier this month, members of the Calusa Garden Club and Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) jointly presented an environmental program to the Junior Gardeners at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. The Junior Gardeners program is an after school program provided monthly by members of the Calusa Garden Club. The beach environment was the theme as BAC members Katie O’Hara, Ruth McCann ... Read More »

Y’s ASPIRE Makes Learning Fun

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Children in the Y’s ASPIRE program with counselor Hali Telashmet

Submitted Dozens of young students are again benefitting from ASPIRE, a long-running Marco Y program that seeks to motivate and stimulate students from kindergarten to fifth grade by making after-school fun. ASPIRE stands for After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education. The program serves children from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School and Manatee Elementary School. Each year ... Read More »

MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

Photo by Barry Gwinn
MIA Tech Tutors discuss a problem. From left: Allesandro Donato, Vincent Piranio, Sean Sorrick, Tina Nash, and Mariana Ruiz Vallejo. Nash is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, who sponsors the group by providing an advisor for meetings.

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Champions For Learning Give Grants

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Champions For Learning awarded almost $65,000 in classroom grants to Collier County teachers. Volunteers, supporters, and board members of Champions For Learning, surprised local teachers when they delivered 126 grant checks to 41 Collier County schools, to support innovative experiences for students. Collier County teachers requested funding through the classroom grant portal on the Champions For Learning website. This online ... Read More »

County Supervisor of Elections Office Hosting Art Contest

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The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will partner, once again, with the Collier County Public School system to present an art contest encouraging students of all ages to express the spirit of democracy through art. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to one winning entry submitted by a high school senior and a $500 donation will be awarded to ... Read More »

Celebrating Our Schools

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More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides Every morning when I get out of bed I look around me and marvel at the wonderful place we live. The thought that went into designing and laying out this island was truly a stroke of genius. However, someone bigger than us all provided the Mackle Brothers with a wonderful canvas to create such ... Read More »