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Cape invests in its future

May 5, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Dr. Angela Pruitt, chief human resources officer for the Lee County School System and keynote speaker at the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education dinner, told a packed house at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater on Monday that she considers Cape Coral to be "one of the most education-friendly cities in Lee County."

We agree. Cape Coral is a community with a strong - and long -commitment to education.

From countless parent-teacher and booster organizations to annual recognition and scholarship programs that require a year-round effort, Cape residents and business and community leaders raise money and organize events to benefit and recognize outstanding students and educators alike.

The Breeze is happy to have had a role again this year in a pair of outstanding community-sponsored education recognition programs.

We published the Mayors Scholarship Fund Award program book, included in The Breeze last Wednesday and distributed April 27 at the annual awards banquet. The program highlighted the accomplishments of 25 outstanding students, each the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship awarded through one of the city's oldest scholarship programs.

We also sponsored, for the fourth year running, the Excellence in Education Awards dinner held Monday. The program recognized 31 students and educators - one each from schools of all levels serving Cape Coral - along with six seniors who received $1,000 scholarships and another who earned a special award of $2,000 toward their college educations.

The scholarships awarded by the Mayors Scholarship program are made possible through numerous fundraisers held by the organization now celebrating its 35th year as well as from donations made by the sponsoring businesses.

The Chamber's recognition program, 25 years strong, and its scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the business community which, through good times and bad, has managed to dig deep to make futures a little brighter.

We congratulate all of the honorees of both programs who, through academic achievement, school and community involvement, volunteerism and just plain hard work and dedication - especially by the educators recognized - have earned the honors bestowed.

We also thank the volunteers and sponsors who make these programs and others like them possible. They are numerous and we are privileged to be among them:

n Mayors Scholarship program:

Gold Sponsors: Cape Coral Professional Fire Fighters Local 2424 (IAFF Local 2424), Waste Pro, Cape Coral Kiwanis and Zemel Family Trust

Silver Sponsors: AECOM Technical Services, Inc., The Breeze Newspapers, Calusa Chapter, Military Officers Association of America, Cape Coral Community Foundation, Cape Coral Construction Industry Association (CCCIA), Cape Coral General Employees Union, Local 2301 (IUPAT Local 2301), Cape Coral R/Sea Hawks, Castle Harbour Homes, Earle Tolles Family, FineMark National Bank & Trust, German American Social Club, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA, Lee County Sheriff's Office, Liz Stuart Memorial Scholarship, Metropole Construction, The Republican Women of Cape Coral Federated and Storm Smart.

Patron Sponsors:, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33, Dane Eagle Florida House Representative, Duffy's Sports Grill, Kathleen White, LAI Construction Management, Inc., LCEC, Lee Health, Lighthouse Wealth Management, LLC, Paul Homes, Premier Cape Builders and Tropical Breeze Ladies

n Awards of Excellence:

In addition to The Breeze Newspapers, other sponsors this year included Storm Smart, LCEC, Nova Southeastern University, Arthur Printing, which printed the program guides, and Boost Creative, which provided the picture pages included on the Excellence in Education pages published in today's Breeze on pages 15-16A.

Other sponsors include MassageEnvy, Cape Coral Technical College, Florida Southwestern, Black Business Solutions, Samaritan Health & Wellness and Crown Trophy.

The Chamber's Education Committee also raised significant funds on its own through its popular Taste of the Cape event. If that's not enough , the committee also hosts an annual Principal's Luncheon to boot.

Nor are these the only Cape-based programs.

The Cape Coral Municipal Charter School Foundation each year sponsors the Lighthouse Awards, which recognize charter school educators much as the Foundation for Lee County Schools does with its countrywide Golden Apple program.

Other major scholarship programs include the Cape Coral Kiwanis Foundation, which expected to award approximately $246,000 in scholarships to this and prior year's recipients.

When it comes to supporting our own, when it comes to investing in our community's future, Cape Coral is there.


The efforts of all of these community organizations and others like them, and all the volunteers of which they are comprised are commendable as they recognize - and reward - hard work, talent and yes, ambition, the key ingredients to future success.

Once again, we thank you.

- Breeze editorial



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