PACE student Josie Lara, 15, center, laughs with classmates and math teacher Thomas Tompkins, right, as Tompkins jokes with them about giving extra homework to their parents while waiting for the groundbreaking of the new PACE Center in Immokalee on Thursday afternoon. The new facility will more than triple the size of the current building and serve nearly double the number of girls. The PACE Center is a juvenile justice nonresidential program for at-risk girls ages 8-18.

Photo by DAVID AHNTHOLZ, Naples Daily News

PACE student Josie Lara, 15, center, laughs with classmates and math teacher Thomas Tompkins, right, as Tompkins jokes with them about giving extra homework to their parents while waiting for the groundbreaking of the new PACE Center in Immokalee on Thursday afternoon. The new facility will more than triple the size of the current building and serve nearly double the number of girls. The PACE Center is a juvenile justice nonresidential program for at-risk girls ages 8-18.

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