YOUR SCHOOLS: Collier school district earns 'family friendly workplace' designation

Collier school district earns 'family friendly workplace' designation

The School District of Collier County has earned Family Friendly Workplace certification from the Naples Alliance for Children (NAFC) again this year, the sixth year in a row.

NAFC President Myra Shapiro is pleased with what the district has done in the face of tough financial times, “We are proud to honor the School District of Collier County for maintaining all previous employee benefits and human resource policies in this year of economic challenges. We know that balancing work lives with personal lives means employees can do their best in both areas.”

“I am absolutely thrilled and proud that, once again, the school district has met the certification requirements to be designated a “Family Friendly Business” by the Naples Alliance for Children,” remarked district Executive Director for Human Resources Allun Hamblett. “The designation validates the school district's commitment to its employees and their families, while providing outstanding educational opportunities for the children of Collier County.”

The award will be presented at the annual Naples Alliance for Children recognition dinner being held at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 1 at the Country Club of Naples (185 Burning Tree Drive).

To learn more, contact Myra Shapiro at the NAFC office 649-5260, or via e-mail at

Talented students on display at East Naples Middle

East Naples Middle School is proud to present its annual Student Showcase of Talent. The Showcase of Talent is the schools talent show, and will include students singing, playing musical instruments, performing gymnastics, and much more. The talent show will be divided into two daytime sessions tomorrow (March 31). Performers in the two daytime shows were selected American Idol-style, by submitting an application to audition. For three days a committee watched the students perform, and approximately 18 acts were selected to perform. These “final 18” will be voted on by the audience, and the top seven or eight acts will show off their talents during the final performance at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 2 at the school located at 4100 Estey Avenue. In addition to the various acts, there will be student artwork on display and for sale, an art items raffle, and face-painting.

Tickets for the evening show will be sold in advance at a cost of $2, and those purchased at the door will be $3. Seating is assigned; it is not on first come first serve basis. Please order your tickets early, as you will not want to miss this showcase of student talent. The student artwork sale will take place thru a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Day of Silence Project which started last school year. The project, a collaboration with the group Free the Children, raised nearly $6000 to build a school in Kenya, however, $8500 is needed. Anyone who wishes to support this project financially may send a check payable to “Free the Children,” to East Naples Middle School, 4100 Estey Avenue, Naples, FL 34104, Attn: Carol Williams.

To learn more, please contact the school at 377-3600.

-- Contributed by Ryan Schwartz, Collier County School District

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