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Education Notes (11/6/13)

November 6, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Annual financial aid nights set for students

The School District of Lee County has partnered with a local financial aid expert to host several financial aid nights.

The events will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

- Nov. 5: Cape Coral High School, at 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral

- Nov. 19: Lehigh Senior High School, at 901 N. Gunnery Road

- Nov. 20: South Fort Myers High School, at 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers

- Jan. 16: Dunbar High School, at 3800 Edison Ave., Fort Myers

Parents are invited to attend the most convenient event.

Attendees will learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form and steps they need to take to help their children receive federal financial aid from postsecondary institutions like colleges, community colleges and high tech centers.

College financial aid experts will cover the definition of financial aid, how to apply, deadlines, step-by-step instructions for completing the FAFSA, Bright Futures, state aid versus federal aid and more.

Bank helps to teach checks, balances

Seventh-grade students in math classes at Lehigh Acres Middle School are learning to calculate costs that include tax, discounts, tip, percent of change and simple interest with the help of six representatives from the local branch of the Suncoast Federal Credit Union.

The representatives presented a program that stimulates making wise financial decisions.

Students worked with a partner and were assigned a job for themselves and their "spouse" and as parents of children.

At each of 10 stations, the pairs made household budget decisions based on available income.

Each student received a string backpack and 10 randomly selected students received gift cards.

Schools receive 2013 Five Star School Award

The School District of Lee County announces that 25 schools have been named recipients of the 2013 Five Star School Award.

Presented by the Florida Commissioner of Education's Community Involvement Council, the award recognizes schools that have demonstrated exemplary community involvement.

To qualify, a school must achieve 100 percent of the required criteria and maintain a portfolio that documents the achievement of criterion in the areas of community/business partnership, family involvement, volunteers, student community service and the school advisory council.

Area Lee County schools earning the honor for 2013 include:

- Harns Marsh Elementary School

- Lehigh Senior High School

All of the Lee County recipients were honored at the Nov. 5 school board meeting.

Third annual LAMS Dinner Theater planned

The Lehigh Acres Middle School Music and Drama Departments are combining to present the third annual LAMS Dinner Theater on Nov. 7.

The dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. in the LAMS cafeteria, followed by selections from the musicals "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" and a full performance of the one-act play "The Bronze Ring."

Additionally for the first time, the students from French and Spanish classes will present their own performances with a unique cultural flavor.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the school.



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