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Education Notes: Week of July 6

July 6, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

** Class of 2016 earns of millions in scholarship

The School District of Lee County's graduating class of 2016 has earned millions of dollars in scholarships and will be attending colleges, universities, and technical centers across the United States.

Early data show that the Class of 2016 earned over $58 million in scholarships.

Along with scholarship dollars earned, members of the Class of 2016 reported their post high school plans. Of the students who provided information, the breakdown is as follows:

* Attend a four-year college or university: 1798

* Attend a two-year community/state college: 1401

* Attend a technical college/school: 392

* Enter the workforce directly: 233

* Enter the U.S. Armed Forces: 276

* Uncertain of future plans at this time: 321

* Other: 229

** Boy Scouts Troop 4

Boy Scouts Troop 4, for age 11-17, meets at the Masonic Lodge 244 Santa Barbara Blvd. on Tuesdays from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Contact Scoutmaster Tom @ 239-850-5990 /

** 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.

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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