YOUR SCHOOLS: Italian club starting in Naples

— Education briefs for the week of Oct. 19, 2009.

Recommended Reading

“Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend)”

Written by Deborah Hopkinson

Suggested from the American Library Association’s 2009 Notable Children’s Books

Briefly, from The School Library Journal (kindergarten through grade three): “Hopkinson has created a lively, participatory tale that will surely stand out among the many titles published to honor the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. With a conspiratorial wink at the audience, an omniscient narrator invites readers to watch 7-year-old Abe and his real-life friend Austin Gollaher succumb to the ‘dare you’ lure of a roaring creek and a perilous crossing on a fallen log (an author’s note details the genesis of the story). Imagine where we as a nation might be if unsung-hero Austin hadn’t been there to rescue impetuous Abraham from his tumble into those tumultuous waters. ‘For that’s the thing about history,’ Hopkinson says, ‘if you weren’t there, you can’t know for sure.’ What you can know for sure is that this is a book you should add to your shelves.”

Nightly TV read-aloud show continues

“Storytime,” the nightly television show in which community members read books to children, will continue to air at 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on the Education Channel, cable 99.

The read-aloud show is recommended for prekindergarten through fifth-grade students.

This week’s stories include: “My Big Dog,” “Baby BeeBee Bird,” “The Incredible Water Show,” “Library Lion” and “Hop on Pop.”

For information or to volunteer: (239) 377-0180, or

Italian club starting in Naples

The Italian Youth Club, a new program sponsored by the Naples Italian American Club, is staring up in Collier County.

Membership is open to all high school students studying the Italian language. The purpose of the club is to augment and enhance the learning of Italian culture and heritage in a relaxed and fun environment.

Meetings will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month from November through April at the Naples Italian American Club clubhouse, which is located on the southwest corner of Airport Pulling and Orange Blossom roads. Activities will be directed by Antonella Albano, an Italian teacher at Gulf Coast high school. Among the many activities planned are: Italian film presentations, a scopa tournament, tarantella and bocce.

There is no cost to students. For information: (239) 353-1842.

St. Ann School to host national speaker on bullying

St. Ann Catholic School will host a seminar — “What every parent needs to know about bullying” — at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the Jubilee Center, 542 8th Ave. S. Nancy Genzel, a nationally recognized expert on the subject of bullying, will lead the seminar. She is also the Principal of the Resurrection Catholic School in Lakeland.

Genzel will discuss the prevalence of bullying among boys and girls at different grade levels. In addition, attendees will learn the common myths about bullying and the characteristics of bullies and victims. This presentation will include information and anti-bullying strategies which will help protect your children.

This seminar is open to all parents in Collier County who may be interested in learning the causes and effects of bullying in schools today. There is no cost to attend this hour and a half meeting.

A season of one act plays to open at Palmetto Ridge High School

Palmetto Ridge High School presents its first in a series of one act plays at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 14 in the school’s auditorium, 1655 Victory Lane.

This theatre season, the school’s drama department intends to produce a series of smaller scale, one act plays for patrons rather than the more traditional and far more expensive full-length play fare normally presented. The first series of plays to be produced include “Movie of the Month,” a one act comedy by Daniel Meltzer and “Tell Me Another Story, Sing Me a Song,” a one act drama by Jean Lenox Toddie.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 2. They may be purchased in advance during lunch at the school, reserved by phone at (239) 377-2521, or purchased at the door on the evening of the performance. Ticket prices are $5 in advance, $6 at the door, and $3 each for groups of 20 or more.

For information: (239) 377-2521 or

Free night of fun for Collier high school students

Teens say there’s nothing to do on Saturday nights, but that’s not true on Saturday, Oct. 24, when Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, 15000 Livingston Road, will be open to all Collier County high school students from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. And the event is free. For this night only, high school teens have free access to the pools, dive boards and water slides while enjoying music and fun with friends. Plus, they will have a chance to win great giveaways.

Participants must be Collier County high school students. Concessions stands will be open for food purchases and lockers can be used for storage (quarters required).

Immokalee students — there’s something close to home for you, too. Students of Immokalee Middle School and Immokalee High School will have free access to the aquatic facility at the Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia St., on the same night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Music, giveaways and fun are guaranteed.

The events are sponsored by Drug Free Collier and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office will be providing supervision at both locations, as well as representatives from 3D (Don’t Do Drugs – Drug Free Collier Teen Group), SWAT (Student’s Working Against Tobacco) and adult volunteers.

For information: (239) 377-0535 or

Youth Haven kicks off Thanksgiving food drive

With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, Youth Haven is seeking community support of its annual food drive in an effort to provide essentials for Thanksgiving holiday meals to the more than 1,600 children and family members served through the agency’s residential emergency shelter and outreach family support programs.

Youth Haven is collecting non-perishable food donations as well as gift cards to local food stores and other monetary donations to purchase dinner items which will be distributed to families in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Due to refrigeration limitations, Youth Haven cannot handle perishable items for distribution to families.

Suggested donations include: Canned Food; pantry items such as rice and pasta; sweet treats; and gift cards to local grocery stores to purchase turkeys.

Items will be collected at Youth Haven’s Family Support Services Office located at 273 Airport Road S., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Nov. 20.

If you would like to donate food items, gift cards, or set up a food drive to help Youth Haven’s children and families, please contact Jamie Gregor at Youth Haven, (239) 687-5153 or

Neumann students earn AP honors

Four students at St. John Neumann Catholic High School earned national AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams. These students qualified for the award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher. The students are: Lauren Geraghty, Class of 2009; Andrew Nichols, Class of 2009; Olivia O’Brian, Class of 2009; and Maxwell Petit Class of 2010.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Only 18 percent of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performances on AP Exams.

National School Lunch Week a success in Collier County

The Collier County School District recently celebrated National School Lunch Week. The theme this year was “All-Star School Lunch,” and was heralded in the schools by the district’s own “All-Star” band, orchestra, and chorus from Pine Ridge Middle School. The musically gifted All-Star middle school students played to enthusiastic elementary school students, who enjoyed the entertainment along with their lunch. Naples Park, Osceola, and Pelican Marsh elementary schools were the lucky recipients of the lunchtime activity.

The district serves approximately 24,000 student lunches on a daily basis. Lunch consists of several hot entrée choices or a vegetarian salad, fruit and vegetable selections, milk and a healthy choice desert. All of the district’s meals are planned by a registered dietician.

The National School Lunch Program was intended to be used to assist farmers. The USDA, which administers the program, makes purchases when farmers have a surplus, and makes those items available to schools to utilize in their programs. The district’s Nutrition Services Department wants to expand that concept to focus on locally grown fruits and vegetables by developing a farm-to-school initiative. Local farmers would supply seasonal fruits and vegetables to the district.

For information: (239) 377-0280.

Need-based scholarships offered at Canterbury School

The Canterbury School has created a need-based merit scholarship program to help students attain The Canterbury Advantage. Testing for these scholarships will take place from 8:45 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009.

The Need-based Merit Scholarship Program is open to students who are currently in fifth or eighth grade at another school who desire a Canterbury education. Eligible students must meet certain academic requirements and demonstrate leadership qualities. Applicants are encouraged to attend an open house on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Deadline for receipt of application materials for Nov. 14 test date is Thursday, Nov. 12, and for the Dec. 5 testing, applications must be received by Thursday, Dec. 3.

Recipients of these awards receive one-half tuition scholarships to Canterbury for each of their years in attendance. A satisfactory grade point average, student leadership involvement and a record of good citizenship must be maintained to renew the scholarship for each of the years in attendance at Canterbury. In addition, families who have qualified as need-based may supplement the Merit Scholarship by applying for additional need-based financial assistance.

Call the Admission Office at (239) 415-8945 for information or to register. Read more about scholarship opportunities at Canterbury at:

Robert Macomber to be guest at luncheon for Foundation for Quality Child Care

The Foundation for Quality Child Care is holding a luncheon with author Robert Macomber at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Tarpon Lodge Inn & Restaurant, 13771 Waterfront Drive, Bokeelia.

The Luncheon will include a presentation and book signing by Macomber, Noble Jewelers Gold Exchange, silent auction and raffle.

Macomber will feature his seventh novel of the award-winning Honored Series that finds Lt. Cmdr. Peter Wake, Office of Naval Intelligence, aboard a riverboat on the Mekong River, in 1883 French Indo-China.

For reservations: (239) 425-2685, or

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