Friday, January 31, 2014

Dozens Of Volunteers Support Local Science Fair

LABELLE, FL. -- On January 21st, West Glades School hosted the Glades District Science Fair as students from West Glades, Moore Haven Elementary, and Moore Haven Junior and Senior High School competed for the chance to participate at the Regional level. 

Only the top 50 scorers advance to Regional level fair which will take at the South Florida State College on February 18 in Avon Park. A number of Hendry and Glades county officials, business owners, and community members came together to help plan and judge the fair. 

In attendance were: Amanda Nisbet, Amy English, Brenda Barnes, Brenda Hoots, Carole Schroeder, Carmen Corbitt, Clint Walker, Dave Lyons, Dena Pittman, Dr. Mongi Zekri, Dr. Sally Berg, Esther Westerman, Frank Browning, Frank Mraz, Fred Johnson, Greg Bone, John Ahern, Kevin Long, R.N., Kim Hamilton, Lindsey Wiggins, Mary Bartoshuk, Michael A. Boyle, Mike Arndt, Mike Pressley, Robert Kosiba, Rock Aboujaoude, Ron Zimmerly, Sallie Arndt, Sandra Seifert, Shellie Johnson, Sonja Crawford, Vannoy Banks, and Wayne Simmons. 

The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle and the LaBelle Chamber of Commerce helped immensely with acquiring judges.

The “Support Science and Schools Grant” funded by Johnson-Prewitt and Associates, Manhattan Construction, Moore Haven Lodge #61, Contrax Furnishings, and Suncoast Federal Credit Union provided students with science fair supplies and teachers with classroom resources to promote participation in this year’s fair. Additional support came from The Glades Education Foundationwhose members include: Laura Perry, Debbie Pressley, Richelle Battams, Michelle Thomas, Joe Collins, Mazie Ford, Susana Serra, and Belinda Couse.

Prize money for the top winners was generously donated by Akin-Davis Funeral Home ($100) and the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle ($300).
A delicious meal was supplied by a variety of generous businesses: the Labelle McDonalds, the LaBelle Winn Dixie of LaBelle, Fort Myers Publix Super Market, Fort Myers Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Fort Myers Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, and home-made items lovingly prepared by Doreen Backes and Richelle Battams.

The Glades County teachers that worked tirelessly with the students to prepare for this event were: Katrina Fey of MHHS, Dr. Roberts of Moore Haven High School, Veronica Brickel of Moore Haven Elementary, Kimber Smith and Tina Marie Castano of West Glades School.

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