Education

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 […]

Free Online Courses Offered by NCCET


The National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET), in collaboration with its premier sustaining partner, Growth Development Associates (GDA), will make available two tuition-free online Workforce Development courses for up to one million students, alumni and professionals from colleges and schools across the United States. Their goal is to help students and alumni, as well as professionals in the […]

Student Entrepreneurs Unveil New Products


Taste of Immokalee, a social enterprise created and operated by high school students, announces a new line of salsas and sauces inspired by the rich agriculture of Immokalee, Florida. In addition to the newly unveiled Pineapple Mango Salsa and Mandarin Tangerine BBQ sauce, the existing product line has also been enhanced with farm-fresh ingredients, including locally-sourced tomatoes by Lipman Produce, […]

Marco’s Four-Year-Olds Embark on a Magical Year of Firsts


Proud parents recently snapped their very first “First Day of School” photos of their youngsters as they entered St. Mark’s Preschool. Donning new clothes and backpacks, 30 little islanders took their first steps into school to meet their very first teachers. The morning goodbyes caused a bit of anxiety for some…parents and kiddos. The magical wonder of Play Dough proved […]

Part 2: Meet the 2018 Leadership Marco Class


The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Leadership Marco class is comprised of twelve individuals with diverse backgrounds and a multitude of talents. In our last issue readers met six of the students that make up this remarkable class. Enjoy “meeting” the remaining students, business professionals who you may already know as your friends, colleagues and neighbors in our community. […]

Meet Ryan Roberts


As the Marco Island Academy faculty welcomes students back to school, Ryan Roberts settles into her role as the new MIA Director of Athletics & Activities. The energetic Upstate New York native with an infectious smile is no stranger to Southwest Florida, having experience teaching and coaching at both Everglades City and Lely High School. At a glance, her office […]

It’s Never to Early to Be Prepared

Campers Learn About Planning for Emergencies

While children attending the ever-popular Camp Mackle, run by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities during the summer, last week gave them an opportunity to learn a little more about planning for emergencies. Kelli DeFedericis, the city’s Flood Plain Coordinator visited the 160 or so attendees of the day camp […]

Take Action to Keep Schools Safe


Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office are asking the entire community to help keep our kids safe in school this year. “As all of us are aware, school safety is not just about traffic and slow-speed zones anymore,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “It takes an entire community working together to keep our schools safe. We must all turn […]

Meet the 2018 Leadership Marco Class


Twelve local professionals and business people have come together for the experience and education of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s four-month long Leadership Marco program. From different industries and backgrounds, each student provides their own insight into the value of the program. In this issue readers will “meet” six Leadership Marco class members. Coastal Breeze News will share […]

First Day of School at Tommie Barfield Elementary


What do you get when you mix new clothes and backpacks, nervousness, excitement, awe, jitters and smiles? The first day of school, of course!  There were more smiles than tears as the kids streamed into Tommie Barfield Elementary School for their first day back.


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