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Traveling with Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in America (#7). Not only can it lead to heart disease and stroke, diabetes is also a leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults. With these facts in mind, along with the alarming statistic that diabetes affects over 20 million people in the U.S., it is urgent to remind ourselves (if applicable) and our loved ones with diabetes to plan accordingly to manage their diabetes while they are away from home for extended periods of time. Below are a few key pointers for those individuals traveling with diabetes:

  1. Don't forget your medication;
  2. If traveling by car, plan for breaks about every two hours so you can get up and move around;
  3. If air travel is in your plans, be sure to pack all medications in your carry-on luggage; and
  4. Do your best to keep your routine of living a healthy lifestyle.
For more tips on traveling with diabetes, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/features/DiabetesAndTravel/index.html

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2014-2015 Proposed Tentative Budget Hearing Dates

  • July 29, 2014
  • September 9, 2014

Time: 5:30pm

 Charlotte County Public Schools
 Education Support Services
 Murdock Center
 1445 Education Way
 Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) Grants

Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) has been awarded several grants to fund the renovation, furnishing and equipping of TechSmart classrooms at Punta Gorda Middle, Port Charlotte Middle, and Murdock Middle Schools. The funding will also provide additional equipment for the TechSmart classrooms at LAAinger Middle School, which were provided this year through a grant of $90,678.00 from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

  •  The William G.Selby and Marie Selby Foundation is providing $111,624.16
  • The Punta Gorda Rotary is providing $14,000.00
  • The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is providing $4,000.00

Charlotte County Public Schools is extremely grateful for the generosity of these donors for making the TechSmart clssrooms possible, and to CLEF for facilitating the grants. Look for more information about these exciting learning environments when they are completed in the fall.

Classroom Grants

The Charlotte Local Education Foundation thanks everyone for submitting grants for the STEM area of teachers and technology:

Because of additional match money from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, CLEF is able to award funding to four schools.

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Gaylin Behling, 5th Grade, Kingsway Elementary - "Daily Math and Daily Vocabulary with Daily Technology using iPad Minis"
  • Karen Link, 1-2 ESE, Liberty Elementary - "Documentaries to Increase Literacy"
  • ReAnna Montwheler, 6-8, LA Ainger Middle - "Documentaries to Increase Literacy in Middle School"
  • Alicen Rhodes, K-5, Deep Creek Elementary - "Investigating and measuring scientific data"

Charlotte County Take Stock in Children Seniors to Graduate and Receive College Scholarships

Port Charlotte, FL (043014) – Charlotte Local Education Foundation is the lead agency in Take Stock in Children in Charlotte County. Take Stock in Children, a statewide non-profit organization with a solid history of breaking the cycle of poverty by providing scholarships, mentors and hope, will celebrate the graduation of fifteen low-income high school seniors from the local program in Charlotte County on May 7th at Charlotte Technical Center. Each of these students will receive full tuition scholarships to attend any state college or university of their choice in Florida upon graduation.

Our graduating seniors from Lemon Bay High School: Aaronn Chapman, Amanda Chapman, Jessica Collins, and Julianna Veloz. From Port Charlotte High School: John Cote, Anthony Goldstein, Cibrian Jones, Cindaleigh Schoullis, and Caleb Torres; From Charlotte High: Tony Lee Blanding, Dalton DePalma, Tennessee Fairfield, and Kayla Reed and from Edison Collegiate High Jonathan Alicea and Shaam Prashad.

This graduation signifies that these students have met with their Take Stock in Children mentor once per week, maintained a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and remained drug and crime free. This is the commitment that each Take Stock in Children scholar makes upon joining the program in order to receive a college scholarship.

“This is a milestone achievement for Take Stock in Children as we celebrate breaking the cycle of poverty through education,” says Mary Fred Clemmons, Executive Director of Take Stock in Children of Charlotte County. “We are extremely proud of our students who will now take the next steps and make their college dreams a reality.”

The formal ceremony will serve as part of a series of graduations taking place across the state and will gather community leaders, mentors, parents and supporters of Take Stock in Children to recognize the successful seniors.

The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is sponsoring the event, “A Star Filled Celebration” for the fourth year. Richard Ruppert, Regional Vice President Suncoast Credit Union, will speak on their behalf.

To learn more about Charlotte Local Education Foundation visit us at www.CharlotteSchoolFoundation.org and to learn more about Take Stock in Children or to become a valued mentor or supporter, please call 941-255-7500 x294 or visit

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This year the Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project marks its ninth year of collecting new sneakers for students in the Charlotte County Public School System. The focus of this project is to collect new tennis shoes, for children in need and then distribute them to all of the schools in the Charlotte County Public School System at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. This year the goal is 4500 new pairs of sneakers.
For any parent or guardian needing shoes for their child, please contact the front office staff to inquire as to the specifics of distribution at the particular school site. The Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte enjoys working with the community to help local families meet a basic need. If you have any questions regarding the project please go to www.shoesforkidsproject.org.

Going Green!

Charlotte County Public Schools has added a link to a translation feature developed by Google™ Inc., entitled Google™ Translate, to assist visitors to the Charlotte County Public Schools website understand information contained on the website in a variety of foreign languages.

DISCLAIMER: Google™ Translate is a program that was not developed by Charlotte County Public Schools. By making this program available to visitors to our website, Charlotte County Public Schools is not in any way approving or endorsing this program or the results generated there from, and nothing herein should be construed as such an approval or endorsement by Charlotte County Public Schools. Charlotte County Public Schools cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy of translations through Google™ Translate and, because of this, strongly encourages users of this program to critically read the information translated through the use of this program and, in the event of any doubt as to the accuracy of the translated document, strongly encourage users to seek an alternate mode of translating the information on our website to their language of choice.


If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please click the "Translate" link above.