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Education Notes

May 10, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Foundation for Lee County Public Schools to host Annual Partners in Education - State of Our Schools Breakfast May 17

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will host its 28th Annual Partners in Education - State of Our Schools Breakfast on Friday, May 17, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. "The Wizard of Oz"-themed program will start at 7 a.m.

In partnership with The School District of Lee County, the annual event provides an opportunity for Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins to address the business community on the progress, accomplishments, and vision of The School District of Lee County.

Gary Griffin, board chairman for The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, and Marshall Bower, president and CEO, will give an update regarding the accomplishments of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and our goals going forward.

The event also serves as an informative and entertaining opportunity to recognize and honor local business partners. School district principals are invited to attend with a business partner they feel has made an impact on their school.

Sponsorship and ticket information is available by calling The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools office at 239-337-0433.

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is a private, 501(c) 3 organization established in 1986. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources, and experiences made possible through corporate, individual, and educational partnerships.

The Foundation is rated as a 4-star nonprofit organization by GuideStar. Find us online at, on Twitter @FoundationLCPS, and on Facebook.

Two Fort Myers High School seniors receiveMerit Scholarships

The School District of Lee County this week announced that Fort Myers High School seniors Dahlia Dry and Ryan Schmelzle have been selected as National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. The $2,500 Merit Scholar recipients were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

This year's National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2017 when over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation's high school seniors, were named semifinalists on a state-representational basis. Only these 16,000 semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.

From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2019 program, about 7,600 finalists will have earned the "Merit Scholar" title and received a total of over $31 million in college scholarships.

'Ding' Darling Wildlife Refuge hiring one student for YCC?summer program

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is hiring one high school student for its annual Youth Conservation Corps summer program. This student worker will assist with maintenance and administrative support.

The YCC program targets young men and women, ages 15 through 18, to provide them with a valuable work-earn-learn experience. The 8-week program runs from June 10 through Aug. 2, 2019. Maintenance duties will include facilities and trail maintenance and removal of invasive plants.

This work will primarily be completed outdoors, with possible exposure to heat, humidity and insects.

Administrative support duties may include but not be limited to, answering phones, filing paperwork, organizing office supplies and entering data.

The student will have the opportunity to attend educational field trips to local environmental venues. No prior work experience is required.

The deadline for applications is 4 p.m., Thursday, May 16. Late applications will not be accepted.

It is strongly recommended that any summer camps and family vacations be scheduled outside this 8-week time frame. Reliable transportation is required. Sanibel toll is paid by the participant.

Compensation: $9 per hour. Work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is a 30-minute lunch break --bring your own lunch; refrigerator and microwave available.

Applications may be submitted by mail, faxed to 239-472-4061 or emailed to by this Thursday, May 16.

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida announces annual summer music and arts camps

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida has announced its annual summer arts program scheduled for weekdays from June 17 through July 19.

Now in its 28th year, more than 20 different camps in areas of music, theater and visual and culinary arts are offered for students in grades 6 to 8.

A few camps are designed for students as young as grade 3.

The program is divided into four one-week sessions and camps are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The fee is $150 per week, which includes activities, breakfast, lunch and a souvenir T-shirt. Scholarships are available.

New this year is the TV production and film camp and a flute ensemble for middle schoolers and high schoolers.

The week-long Summer Arts Camps offer music theory, note-reading, proper practice skills for music students and special enrichment activities for all.

Camps are held at the centrally located Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School in Fort Myers and staffed by faculty members who are current Lee County teachers who are selected for their expertise and ability to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the students and aspiring musicians.

Students must provide their own instruments for all band and string camps.

For more information about the Summer Music & Arts Camps, contact Ruth Christman at (239) 275-0057 or or go to

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida has been bringing music programs to students since 1991. It is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting interest in the musical arts among local youth through summer camps, a traveling instrument program that brings instruments to all Lee County schools, and through grants and scholarship programs.

For additional information about the Music Foundation or the summer programs, pleases go to



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