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Many worksites have sent food to the office. Keep it coming! The first load will go out to a high school next week. Thanks!




In December SCTA helped Irene Nicola and Chris Mayer collect toys for children in one parent families. SCTA members donated over 400 toys that Irene made sure got to needy children and parents. Parents got to shop for their children after being served dinner by a large number of volunteers. SCTA also contributed $500 to help pay for food at the dinner.

Fran Squires, Pine View School

Currently a sixth-grade language arts teacher, this former third-grade teacher made economics an integral part of her curriculum by setting up her classroom to function as a business, with CEOs (Chief Education Officers) of the week who were responsible for the performance of their classmates in daily work habits. Students developed an original product and produced it for profit at the annual Bizarre Bazaar. They learned how to design a logo for their business, write a plan for applying for a bank loan and facilitate advertising of their products through various mediums. The also learned to write checks and market their products, which included Mother of Pearl picture frames and the Blow and Stow, a tissue-box cover made of recycled materials. The profits from these enterprises allowed the students to assemble packages of needed items for soldiers serving in Iraq; the Heifer Project International, which provides animals to impoverished families in countries around the world; the Adopt an Animal program at Sarasota Jungle Gardens (to care for a baby flamingo); and the Sarasota Day Nursery; among other charitable projects.

Lorri Phillips-Alba, Southside Elementary

Ms. Phillips-Alba has an open and informative approach with the parents. She maintains a communications line through weekly newsletters, a Web site and e-mail. Through her newsletter, parents are informed about the students’ weekly curriculum and receive a note about the week in review and important issues and dates pertaining to the school. Ms. Phillips-Alba’s Web site is packed with information such as the class schedule, calendar, spelling/vocabulary lists and educational links. The site also features photos of students participating in school activities, including the Jog-a-Thon, Author’s Tea and Cultural Literacy Day, so parents can see their children in action!

Stanley Judd, McIntosh Middle School

Stanley Judd, the 2009-2010 Middle School Teacher of the Year for Sarasota County, has been recognized for the creation and ongoing support of the McIntosh Wrestling Federation, which he launched in 1997. His tireless passion to guide the welfare of students in this competitive arena has made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the pre-adolescent learner. The trophy case in the Eagle Gym on campus is a tribute to the success of the program. Mr. Judd’s resume also includes critical work in the development and staging of the school’s annual Veterans Day celebration, a signature event for McIntosh. He also has the only dog therapy program at the middle school level in the district. His therapy dog Isabelle is a unique addition to the classroom, where she is considered a mascot for motivation and comfort to his students.

SCTA 2009 Food Drive

Some students are going home to no food and are too embarrassed to tell anyone!
Teachers are making sure their students and, in some cases, families are receiving food.  The Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association is collecting food such as peanut butter, jelly, mac and cheese, soup, etc., that can easily be prepared by students and will fit into a backpack.

You can help too by dropping off food donations at SCTA, 4675 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota!
For additional information call 941-922-9022

Thank you for helping teachers help their students. 

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Patricia A. Gardner

Cinderella’s Closet Helps Give Girls Their Dream Prom

When Chris Mayer, a first grade teacher at Ashton Elementary School, first started Cinderella’s Closet, she had no idea how impressive the response would be.

A community outreach project, focused on helping girls acquire items needed for their prom has become an instant success! Mayer put out a call for gowns to be donated, and the Closet received more than 500 dresses, a plethora of shoes, hand bags, make-up, jewelry, and more. The response by the people who donated items and the girls who received them, demonstrates just how much this program is needed.

Formal gowns in a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors, all cleaned and pressed by Dry Cleaning To Go, are freely available at “Cinderella’s Closet.” Additionally, there have been donations of hair styles and boutonnieres for a handful of girls from Booker High School.

With a slow economy, and unemployment rates at a 25 year high, this program has given many girls the opportunity to have their dream prom.

For more information about Cinderella’s Closet, please contact SCTA.

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