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Education Notes 3-13

March 13, 2020
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Three schools named 2020-2023 Florida Arts Model Schools

The School District of Lee County announced this week that three schools have been named 2020-2023 Florida Arts Model Schools. Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School, North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts and Cypress Lake High School were chosen for their exemplary programs in dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

Edison Park and North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts were chosen as Arts Model Schools in all four disciplines and earned the highest distinction of Arts Achieve Schools.

Only one other school in the entire state earned the Arts Achieve Schools designation.

Cypress Lake High School earned the Arts Model School Designation for its dance and visual arts programs.

To be selected as a Florida Arts Model School, the school must show success in leadership, highly qualified and effective arts teachers, curriculum, facilities, scheduling and support, community connection, and school culture in their application. Based on those scores, the strongest schools are then personally evaluated by arts education professionals.

Schools receiving a FAMS designation agree to be assigned a partner school for the duration of their three-year recognition period to model best practices and provide overall assistance in starting or enhancing arts programs at the school. In addition, these schools will welcome visits by faculty teams statewide who wish to enhance or affirm their arts education practices.

Cypress Lake High School was designated a 2019-2022 Arts Model School for its theater program. Edison Park and North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts were both 2017-2020 Arts Achieve Schools and are repeating their three-year designation with this new selection.

All three schools will be recognized for their Florida Arts Model Schools designation at the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Annual Summit June 27 in Cape Coral.

Shell Point offers hospitality scholarship for local teens

Shell Point Retirement Community, located in Fort Myers just east of Sanibel Island, is offering a new scholarship opportunity for local high school students who have an interest in the hospitality industry. Initiated by Shell Point's Human Resources department, this new program will offer paid, part-time positions in one of the community's three assisted living facility dining venues.

"This is an ideal opportunity for Southwest Florida teens who are interested in a part-time job that will also help them gain exposure in both the culinary and senior living industries," says Karen Anderson, vice president of human resources for Shell Point. "It's also a great way to earn additional money towards post-high school education and build relationships with our residents who have rich life experiences to share."

The scholarship program offers three levels of grants ranging from $2,000 to $7,500. Guidelines include, one to three years of employment in a dining position and at least 780 hours of work time. These culinary and customer service positions will offer students great experience in the hospitality field and will also provide ideal work hours with no late nights.

For more information about Shell Point's scholarship program, contact Human Resources Director Megan van der Meide at 239-454-2063.

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,500 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, an 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. Visit or call 1-800-780-1131.



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