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Education News & Notes; Upcoming Week of May 18

May 18, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

* Ferguson to take part in teaching program

Adrienne Ferguson of Cape Coral will take part in a six-week student teaching program in Scotland with Harding University beginning this month.

As part of the curriculum, Ferguson, an elementary education major, will be immersed in Scottish culture. Participating students will spend time tutoring, observing, teaching and assisting in Scottish schools as well as taking educational trips throughout the United Kingdom. Previous programs have traveled to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews and London.

Students have three courses available to them during the six-week program. The coursework and on-site experiences in classrooms promotes citizenship within a global perspective for students in the teacher education program at the University.

* The 'Be Prepared' Immunization Clinic set for May 21

The end of another school year is near and the Department of Health in Lee County will be open on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. so parents with students entering 7th grade can get a head start on the next school year.

All students entering 7th grade must have a Tdap booster before attending classes. Students not properly immunized by that first day of classes will be sent home. Taking care of these important immunizations now will ensure everyone gets to enjoy the first day of 7th grade as they should.

The immunization clinic is at 3920 Michigan Avenue in Fort Myers. Those who plan to attend the DOH Lee immunization clinic for the first time should bring their child's most recent shot record. These can be obtained from their personal healthcare provider or the school they attended most recently. All vaccines for children 18 years old and younger are free.

Meningitis and HPV vaccines are also recommended for children at the time they get their 7th grade Tdap booster. Get information on these and other vaccines recommended for children age 11 years old and up during your visit.

* Summer Camp Scholarships available

In its effort to support art education to youth in the community, the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild is providing three area art organizations with week-long summer camp scholarship funding to eligible families.

Interested families are encouraged to apply for summer arts camp financial assistance directly to Cape Coral Arts Studio in Cape Coral, BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island and the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. Summer art camp programs provided by these three organizations include classes for children and teens in theater, dance, voice and visual arts. For detailed information about the summer art camp programs, call or visit the art organization's web site.

For more information for scholarships:

**?Cape Coral Arts Studio: 239-574-0802

**?BIG ARTS: 239-395-0900

**?Alliance for the Arts: 239-939-2787

The Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild is a 501(c)(3) organization and the only area organization dedicated solely to fine crafts. Over the past 38 years, the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild has become an established, dynamic and evolving community-based organization of local artists and craftspeople. Members combine old-world craftsmanship with contemporary techniques to produce unique works of art. Many members are award winners on national, regional and local levels. Find us online at and on Facebook.

* Big Backpack Event set for July 31

As the school year winds down for Southwest Florida students, it's time to save the date for the 17th Annual Big Backpack Event, presented from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 31 at Harborside Event Center by the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida. Every year thousands of kids receive free backpacks and school supplies while celebrating diversity in our community.

Admission is free to this festival event, which has become the largest back-to-school outreach program in Lee County. In advance of the Big Backpack Event, community members are invited to participate in the Adopt-A-Student fundraiser. Each $10 donation provides a student with a new backpack and school supplies that include notebook paper, folders, crayons, glue, pencils and pens.

For the past 16 years the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida has been hosting this popular community outreach event that to date has provided new backpacks and school supplies to more than 37,000 students. The event lends a helping hand to students and families in need, while celebrating the diversity in Southwest Florida with live multicultural entertainment on the main stage including hip hop, Irish step dance, salsa and more.

The first 2,000 or more children age 5-12 will receive free backpacks and school supplies or while supplies last. Children must be present with a parent or guardian to receive free supplies. The line typically begins to form around the Harborside Event Center as early as 7 a.m., but moves quickly once the doors open.

Families will enjoy other event festivities such as face painting, inflatable slide and bounce house, clowns, and live entertainment. Thanks to sponsors and vendors, students may also receive eye exams, haircuts, and other giveaways at the event while supplies last.

For more information on Adopt-A-Student, vendor, volunteer or business sponsorship opportunities, visit



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