YOUR SCHOOLS: Empty Bowls event to benefit food bank

— Recommended Reading

“Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past”

Written by James Deem

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

Briefly, from The School Library Journal (grades five to eight): “Deem’s lucid account explores mummified remains recovered from several glacial locations and time periods. The many discoveries presented include the famous 5,300-year-old Alpine Iceman Ötzi, the mummified Incan children of the Andes Mountains, and the identification of George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest. The background and methodology of glaciology are examined, as are relevant issues in climate change and archaeology; historical photographs of glaciers are compared to modern photographs of the same, much-receded ice. Full-color photographs, reproductions, and maps are clearly captioned; grand images of glaciated mountain peaks span entire pages, and detailed pictures of recovered objects, including the mummies themselves, the Iceman’s ax, and surviving fabric fragments are presented. Deem superbly weaves diverse geographical settings, time periods, and climate issues into a readable work that reveals the increasing interdisciplinary dimensions of the sciences.”

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: “Bearhead: A Russian Folktale,” “Spinning Spiders,” “Jimmy’s Boa and the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk,” “Fox All Week” and “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.”

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

Empty Bowls event to benefit food bank

What’s your favorite soup? Chances are it’s one of the soups being served at the Empty Bowls event on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers. The annual event is a major fund raiser for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Students from 18 Lee County high schools are making 500-600 soup bowls to be used at the event. The bowls will each sell for $10 and can be taken home after students wash them.

Panera Bread is the sponsor of the event and will provide both broccoli and cheddar soup as well as all of the bread. Restaurants serving up soup will be Bonefish Grill, corn chowder; First Wok, egg drop; Jason’s Deli, tomato basil; LaMotta’s Restaurant, minestrone; Mario’s Deli, unspecified; Mel’s Diner, chicken; Miller’s Ale House, chicken noodle; Outback, creamy onion; Olive Garden, pasta; and Perkins Restaurants, chicken.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to needy people through a network of more than 160 local nonprofit, who provide food to more than 20,000 people monthly. About 500,000 pounds of food are distributed monthly. In the past fiscal year, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than six million pounds of food and other grocery products.

For information: (239) 334-7007 or

East Naples Middle School receives donation of shoes for students

Students at East Naples Middle School recently became the beneficiary of some new footwear. They received a generous donation of $1,500 worth of brand new shoes from the New Balance Naples store, 8799 Tamiami Trail North. East Naples Fire Department Community Relations Officer Greg Speers and the General Manager of New Balance Naples, Valerie Vasys-Montegue, presented the school with the sneakers.

Each year, Speers works to fit East Naples Middle School’s needy students with shoes through the fire department’s Sneaker Drive. The school’s student population is such that approximately 67 percent of students come from economically needy households. For this year’s Sneaker Drive, Speers partnered with New Balance. Not only did New Balance donate the shoes, but they were gracious enough to make sure that the students are fit perfectly by donating a measuring device as well.

Principal Tammy Caraker said she is grateful to the store.

“East Naples Middle School is most appreciative to New Balance Naples for the wonderful gift of new sneakers. When we find there is a need for a student to obtain new shoes, we can now present them with a squeaky new pair of kicks! The expression, the smile, the hug … it says it all – pure happiness.”

For information: (239) 377-3600.

Big Cypress Elementary School event focuses on math

Math is a subject that plays an important role in every student’s academic success, and parents are a part of the equation that equals success. At Big Cypress Elementary School, a parent/student Math Night has been scheduled to give parents an opportunity to work with their child on “hands-on” math topics. Math Night will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the school, 3250 Golden Gate Boulevard W.

Math Night is an opportunity for parents and students to have fun with numbers. All activities focus on higher level critical thinking, and are designed for students at every level of learning. Each activity is drawn from a variety of sources – Family Math, Lane County Math Problem Solving, The Problem Solver and more. Grade levels will decide which activities they’ll feature, and teaching staff will be in attendance taking part in all the evening’s festivities.

For information: (239) 377-6300.

Students go fishin’ at clinic

As part of the National Wildlife Refuge Week celebrations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Sea Grant/UF Extension, and Port of the Islands Marina organized and hosted its third annual National Wildlife Refuge Week Kids Fishing Clinic.

The clinic was held at the Port of Islands Marina, 525 Newport Drive, for 51 migrant Hispanic and Haitian youth from Immokalee and East Naples. Chaperones and family members also took part in the clinic.

Participants rotated through five skill stations that emphasized casting, knot tying, common tackle, fishing regulations and ethical angling practices. Members of the Marco Island Sport Fishing Club and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Law Enforcement staffed the stations.

Following the rotations, youth fished along the marina’s seawall for about an hour. The marina donated bait, and volunteers helped the students bait their hooks, cast, and reel in and handle fish. Two local ecotour businesses then provided students with complimentary manatee-viewing boat tours. Students wrapped up the day with a free lunch donated by the Friends of Panther National, Wildlife Refuge. Each student received a free fishing pole and tackle box through a grant from Fish Florida. They also received numerous nature-based activity books and other handouts.

For information: (239) 438-5594.

Career and technical education committees seek volunteers

The Collier County School District’s Office of Career and Technical Education is recruiting community and business volunteers to serve on the District Career Advisory Board and individual High School Career Academy Advisory Boards.

Community and business support is vital to Career and Technical Education programs. Volunteers already serve on the District Career Advisory Board, the District Culinary Advisory, the District Teacher Education Advisory, the District Medical Advisory and school-based advisories. Additional stakeholders are sought in each of these advisories to include parents, businesses and community members. Advisory members are also wanted for two programs in planning at this time – Aerospace Technology and Banking and Finance.

Advisory board members bring a fresh perspective, an independent viewpoint, expertise, experience, special skills and connections to each program. An advisory board helps the programs to leverage strengths and future opportunities. Boards assist with strategic planning, provide introductions to potential customers, share expertise and serve as advocates for business and community support. Advisory boards are also needed to provide feedback for teachers and district staff, to validate and improve the educational programs, and to make recommendations to the district concerning the nature and types of programs as well as provide quality control to insure that the programs are meeting the needs of the students and the community.

For information: (239) 377-9043 or

Youth Leadership Collier on TV show

The Youth Leadership Collier Program, offered by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, will be featured on “District Digest” through Sunday, Nov. 8.

“District Digest,” a TV show on the Education Channel (Comcast Channel 99), keeps the community updated on school district business, by giving an “inside look” at the district. The program is hosted by Joe Landon and Leanne Zinser.

Libby Anderson, a Youth Leadership Collier Committee member, and Dillon Hazel, a graduate of the Youth Leadership Collier Class of 2009, were interviewed for the program. Anderson shares the mission and goals of the Youth Leadership Collier program while Dillon reflects on his experience as a participant.

Air dates for District Digest are as follows: Monday-Saturday at 9:30 p.m.; Sundays at 11:30 a.m.; an additional show on Fridays at 7:30 a.m. The program is also available online at: Click on “Air Date: 10-26-09” under the District Digest icon when it becomes available.

Applications being accepted for Outward Bound program

Collier County School District students between the ages of 15 and 17 can apply for the Outward Bound Program, a wilderness expedition that builds young leaders using service, community and diversity. The program will be held March 27 to April 3 in Key Largo. Course activities include sailing, snorkeling, and swimming. No previous experience is necessary to take part in the program.

No previous experience is necessary to take part in the program.

Outward Bound is a non-profit educational organization with five core programs that change lives, build teams and transform schools. It delivers challenge and adventure in the wilderness, urban settings, workrooms, and classrooms to help individuals and teams achieve their possibilities, and to inspire them to serve others and care for the world around them. The Outward Bound Scholarship Program awards $5.5 million in support to more than 5,000 students each year.

For information: (239) 377-0511 or

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