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Books for Collier Kids Fact Sheet

One million new books to children in need since 2005

Importance of Books for Collier Kids:  Literacy is one of the best predictors of a child’s future success. A lack of basic literacy skills is linked with academic failure, delinquency, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, unemployment, low productivity and welfare dependency.  Nationally, in some of the lowest-income areas there is only one book for every 300 kids.   Children whose parents […]

Students of the Month Recognized


“Students of the Month” from local schools were recently honored at a luncheon given by the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club. Recognized at the event were the following students, from elementary through high school: Keanna Alvarez (Lely High School) Caelan Burt (Marco Island Charter Middle School) Anna Chamberlin (Marco Island Academy) Lincoln Garwood (Tommie Barfield Elementary School) Julio Martinez, Jr. […]

MIA Teacher Receives Champions for Learning Grant


After several years of applying to their online portal requesting support for her classroom needs, Marco Island Academy (MIA) social studies teacher Lori Galiana was delighted to unexpectedly receive a Champions for Learning Classroom Grant. Mrs. Galiana’s $2,000 grant, funded by the WINGS Foundation, will provide her classroom with 10 HP Chromebooks. “Every year, I apply for grant funding from […]

Millennial Mogul in the Making Peter Jean Marie Launches his ‘Dream Big’ Campaign


While modeling at the age of 16, Peter Jean Marie was introduced to the world of fashion. As he modeled for three years, he found joy in styling his own outfits and then posting them to Instagram, where he started to get a following. Upon graduating from St. John Neumann High School where he participated in football, basketball, and track […]

Kiwanis Donates $20,000 to MIA


The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently presented a check for $20,000 to Marco Island Academy (MIA). The donation will upgrade the school’s technology, providing Chromebooks for the MIA students to use in the classroom. “The graciousness of this community and Kiwanis in partnering with our school and our students is just unbelievable to me. This donation allows us to […]

Choosing the Right Preschool

By Pam Filbin

Preschool should be a wonderful experience for you and your child. But where to start on your journey choosing the right one to meet your needs? “Start by examining the basics” says Jennifer Wana, author of “How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child: The Ultimate Guide to Finding, Getting Into, and Preparing for Nursery School.” “Looking at practical […]

MICMS DC Travel Club Car Wash Fundraiser


Come out and support our local youth. From now until February 9th, the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) DC Travel Club is offering car washes for a suggested donation of $7 every other Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1 PM at Kretch’s, 527 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. The MICMS DC Travel Club students and their parents, led by […]

Lady Rays Breeze to Victory


On Friday, September 7, the MIA Lady Rays hosted the Village School of Naples Lady Knights in a varsity volleyball match at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gym. This marked the second meeting of these teams this season. Once again, the Lady Rays kept the pressure on and easily defeated the Lady Knights in three short games. The final […]

Naples Golden Eagles Defeat Lely Trojans in Close 5-Game Match 

By Jodi Pree

On Thursday, September 6, Naples High School hosted the Lely Trojans in a non-conference varsity volleyball match. The first three games had only two points deciding the victor. The Trojans came away with the first game 25-23. The Golden Eagles answered back in the second game with a 26-24 win. Lely fought back with a 25-23 final score in the […]

Students Deploy First Freshwater Mini Reef


A project is underway at Seacrest Country Day School that may hold a key to rejuvenating lifeless freshwater ponds and streams. Students from Seacrest’s Upper School (grades 9-12) recently placed an artificial freshwater mini-reef on the bottom of a stagnant retention pond on the school’s campus. The installation is at the heart of a one-year-long independent study project being conducted […]


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