The Marco Island Academy is hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m., Saturday, at the Esplanade. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Families and residents of all ages are welcome to participate.
There is no cost for ages 9 and under; 10-17 is $20; 18-older is $25. Event T-shirts are $15. Coffee is being donated by Starbucks, and bagels and fruit are being donated by Winn-Dixie.
This year we have a new addition for the event. The Academy will be accepting gently used clothing donations (all sizes). All the clothing will be given to local families in need. Tax receipts will be available to people who make a donation.
Chris Pellant, the newly hired principal for the Academy, is now officially Dr. Chris Pellant. He will be attending the 5K event to join in on the fun! He will also be hosting another enrollment night at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. He will be sharing updates about the progress of the school.
The Academy has approximately 50 students signed up already and has been receiving enrollment packets on a daily basis. The enrollment will continue on a first come first serve basis until it nears capacity, at which point students will be entered into a random lottery. The first year, the maximum number of students accepted into the school is 250. The Academy is a public school that is open free to all students in the District. For enrollment information visit www.marcoislandacademy.com or call (239) 404-3622.
The Marco Island Academy is right on schedule for the August 2011 school opening. The architects are currently putting together the site plan for the school. The surveys are complete and pending permitting and approvals, the site construction will begin in May. The modulars will be added at the end of June, which will allow plenty of time to get the classrooms set up and ready for August. There are many costs associated with the start-up of the school. If anyone would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Jane Watt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail your donation to Marco Island Academy, 740 N. Collier Blvd. Suite 107, Marco Island. Make checks payable to Marco Island Discovery Center. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
Over the past two years the Marco Island Academy has made many changes, but the mission has remained the same. The Academy is committed to offering your child a choice for a world-class public education. The school will feature a small school atmosphere with individualized attention and hands-on learning opportunities for your child. Above all, we will put your child’s needs above all others in order to ensure his or her success. The Academy has set high expectations for our students and our staff. We will strive to help your child reach his or her fullest potential and will not settle for anything less.