Weekly Wellness Tip
In the past 30 years, the rate of obesity among children has more than doubled. The number one cause of obesity among children is linked to a caloric imbalance: calories consumed far outweigh the number of calories expended. Those reporting on this threatening issue, both private and public, are quick to play the blame game and point the finger elsewhere â€“ i.e., access to technology. To combat this preventable disease, which is leading to more cases of Type 2 Diabetes among children and adolescents than ever before, communities must take a grassroots approach. Education at the elementary level; increased access to physical activity within the community including, but not limited to, sidewalks for walking and biking, parks and open fields for play, and youth sports programs are just a few ideas for a grassroots approach. Along with these community level approaches, individual households must also take responsibility, and action, to battle this preventable disease.
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ABATE - Peace River Chapter rides again!
For 18 years the ABATE Peace River Motorcycle Club has ridden into the Charlotte County School District to drop off school supplies for the Teacher Supply Depot. Sunday, August 24, found numerous bikers with backpacks filled with goodies traveling down Hwy 41 to Education Way to be greeted by Mary Fred Clemmons, Executive Director of Charlotte Local Education Foundation. Johnny Martin, President of the local ABATE Club, presented Mrs. Clemmons with a check as she presented him a Certificate of Thanks. Every year we look forward to the generosity of this wonderful group.
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.
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"
Click on the following links for an overview of the energy produced by the implementation of solar collecting devices at CCPS schools.
- Charlotte High School's Sunny Tower
- Charlotte High School's Water Heaters and Boilers
- Kingsway Elementary School's Solar and Weather Statistics
- LA Ainger Middle Solar Array
- Lemon Bay Water Heaters
- Liberty Elementary School Solar Arrays
- Meadow Park Canopy at Entrance
- Meadow Park Covered Play Area
- Meadow Park Water Heaters
- Murdock Middle School Solar Arrays
- Myakka River Elementary School Solar Arrays
- Port Charlotte High School Solar Arrays
- Port Charlotte Middle School Solar Arrays
- Punta Gorda Middle Solar Array