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IRSC Foundation Hosts Second Annual Pioneer 5K Run/Walk in St. Lucie West

The Indian River State College (IRSC) Foundation announces the Second Annual Pioneer 5K Run/Walk at the IRSC Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 a.m. The Pioneer 5k Run/Walk offers an exceptional opportunity for both beginning and experienced runners—as well as for those just coming out to enjoy themselves—all in support of scholarships for IRSC students.
Mike Melton from MCM Timing & Results LLC will conduct official course operations and timing, and award presentations occur in several categories. The $30 registration includes event shirts and finisher awards for participants. All event proceeds support IRSC student scholarships.
“We are looking forward the Second Annual Pioneer 5K Run/Walk and the opportunity to support scholarships for IRSC students,” shares John Crowe, IRSC Alumni Development Coordinator. He continues, “Events like this go the extra mile supporting our students and invite members of our surrounding communities to learn about the great things going on at IRSC.”
Participants can create a new team or join a current team as well as find more information and register for the Pioneer 5k Run/Walk at irscfoundation.org/5k.

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The Indian River State College (IRSC) Foundation announces the Second Annual Pioneer 5K Run/Walk at the IRSC Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 a.m. The Pioneer 5k Run/Walk offers an exceptional opportunity for both beginning and experienced runners—as well as for those just coming out to enjoy themselves—all in support of scholarships for IRSC students.
Mike Melton from MCM Timing & Results LLC will conduct official course operations and timing, and award presentations occur in several categories. The $30 registration includes event shirts and finisher awards for participants. All event proceeds support IRSC student scholarships.
“We are looking forward the Second Annual Pioneer 5K Run/Walk and the opportunity to support scholarships for IRSC students,” shares John Crowe, IRSC Alumni Development Coordinator. He continues, “Events like this go the extra mile supporting our students and invite members of our surrounding communities to learn about the great things going on at IRSC.”
Participants can create a new team or join a current team as well as find more information and register for the Pioneer 5k Run/Walk at irscfoundation.org/5k.

IRSC Hosts College Information Nights for Parents

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IRSC is hosting special Parent Information nights October 14–17 at all campus locations—and additional locations. IRSC Parent Information Nights will enlighten parents of prospective students on college costs and how to pay for college including financial aid and scholarship availability and more.

Parents who have questions about their child’s path to college success are invited to attend an upcoming Indian River State College (IRSC) Parent Information Night and see firsthand what the IRSC offers. From career-training programs that include automotive, welding and HVAC, to Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree programs, IRSC provides the education and training students need for success in rewarding, high-demand career fields.
IRSC Parent Information Nights will enlighten parents of prospective students on college costs and how to pay for college—including financial aid and scholarship availability. Representatives from IRSC will also share details on how to transfer to a university and about Florida’s 2+2 admissions program. Information on how students can earn credit for qualifying scores on AP and IB exams, successful completion of Dual Enrollment classes and Career Pathways academies, as well as for Gold Standard Industry Certifications will also be shared.
IRSC Parent Information Nights are planned for the following locations and dates:
Monday, October 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Historic Sebastian School, 1235 Main Street, Room 3, Sebastian
Monday, October 14, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Pruitt Campus, Schreiber Conference Center, 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie
Tuesday, October 15, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Mueller Campus, Richardson Conference Center, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach
Tuesday, October 15, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Dixon Hendry Campus, Williamson Conference Center, 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee
Wednesday, October 16, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Main Campus, Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce
Thursday, October 17, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Chastain Campus, Johnson Auditorium, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart

To reserve a spot at an upcoming Parent Information Night, visit https://tinyurl.com/IRSCParents. For more information email info@irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772.

LEADERship Martin County Alumni Foundation for Youth, Inc. Martin Youth LEADERship Initiates “Operation 23”

Stuart - 40 students of this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program held their first monthly session of the school year (LEADERship Day) on Tuesday, September 24 at the Kane Center in Stuart. Session Chairman Alec Connolly offered the students a full day of ice-breaking, team building, and leadership exercises that helped students find their leadership style and introduced them to goal setting. Connolly, from Gulf Stream Council Boys Scouts of America, worked with volunteers Jim Atkinson (aka Mr. H-A-P-P-Y) and Christina Wilson, also with Gulf Stream Council Boy Scouts of America. In conjunction with the volunteer leaders, the program would not be possible without the support of the individual high school staff that assist: Brett Hawkins, from Martin County High School; Jeanine Bushman, from South Fork High School; Marianne Vinette from Jensen Beach High School; Chris McCrory from Clark Advanced Learning Center; and Beth Lettengarver from the Pine School.

In October, Martin Youth LEADERship will travel to Tanah Keetah Scout Reservation and participate in Project COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience), for a day of learning on the ropes course.

Crystal Stile, Director of Economic Development from Florida Power and Light, spoke to the students during lunch, communicating the importance of leadership skills. She urged the students to go out into the world after high school, gain their educations, travel and bring back their gifts and talents to the Treasure Coast when considering where to make a permanent home. MYL is grateful to FPL for underwriting the lunch.

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is in its 22nd year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application and have been accepted into the program. The Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and a maximum of 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.

Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance into this program: Kahli Aitken, Jacob Anderson, Kathryn Bakinowski, Izzy Bongino, Madi Boudreau, Celena Budd, Betsy Buntin, Ashley Carmody, Ella Carswell, Ryann Cooper, Cade Crook, Kendall Eaker, Dallas English, Ashlee Farias, Alexia French, Vivian Gobler, Sierra Holdren, Nell Hutchinson, Jordan LoSardo, Jamie Metzgar, Jess Metzgar, Julia Metzgar, Taylor Morris, Maddie Nield, Ava Norris, Aiden O’Connor, Josh Parks, Megan Pellerin, Mikey Powers, Sophia Pratt, Caroline Riggs, Simon Ross, John Sexton, Mariyah Smith, Conner Strom, Alec Von Aldenbruck, Tiernan Watkins, Ya Lana Weaver, Madeline Weiler, Celia Wilson,

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Jeanne Dunn at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or at (772) 486-4695.

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The program is completely underwritten and sponsored by many local businesses and in-kind donations, including but not limited to:

  • Ampersand Shirt Shack
  • Children’s Services Council
  • Florida Power and Light/Next Era Energy
  • Out2News/Out2martincounty.com
  • Hill, Barth & King
  • LEADERship Martin County Alumni Foundation for Youth, Inc.
  • Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith
  • Martin County REALTORS of the Treasure Coast
  • Martin County School District
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Treasure Coast Legal
  • Treasure Coast Realty

Impact 100 Network, Project LIFT

With the amazing insight of Impact the Palm Beaches Impact 100 Network, Project LIFT has blasted off....After being awarded the 100k Impact award in 2017 we are excited to report that their growth continues to sky rocket. This past year Project LIFT in Belle Glade was able to increase their overall enrollment to seventy five, start the Pathway academy of innovation while adding two new vocations to their offerings. We are particularly proud of the recent graduations of the Pathway Academy of Innovation high school diploma and apprentice program. Three teens who had dropped out of high school entered the Pathway Academy of Innovation with only 5 credits of 24 needed to graduate High School. We are very proud to say that with a lot of hard work and within six months they had completed their High School Diploma requirements through Project LIFT's Nationally Accredited Program.
This year Project LIFT expects to increase enrollment to over 100 students annually focused on Mental Health Therapy, drug abuse counseling, vocational skills training and mentoring. Project LIFT credits a big part of its success to the visionary insight of the Initial Funding from the Women of Impact the Palm Beaches!

Project LIFT’s Pathway Academy of Innovation is a ground-breaking solution designed to address the needs of high-risk teens, who have dropped out of high school, attain their high school diploma while also focusing on vocational training, mental health and substance abuse issues to prepare them for the 21st Century workforce! With this unique approach we integrate the individual’s desired career pathway with high school curriculum while adding social-emotional support services. By offering a blend of on-line and on-site experiential learning, Project LIFT propels teens to graduation in less time and more efficiently than it would take them in a traditional classroom setting.

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2019-2020 Martin Youth LEADERship Program Orientation

Stuart - On Thursday, September 19th an Orientation of the Martin Youth LEADERship was held at the Martin County Realtor Association in Stuart.

The Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply and approximately 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Students from Clark Advanced Learning Center, Jensen Beach High School,Martin County High School, South Fork High School and the The Pine School and their parents were welcomed by Martin County Leadership Program. Students and parents participated in an ice breaker session coordinated by Jim Atkinson.

Upon completion, these Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience. If you have any questions contact Diana Bruton at (772) 215-3613.

For more information on Youth LEADERSHIP visit http://leadershipmcalumni.com/youth-leadership/
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School Board Adopts Final Budget for 2019 - 2020 School Year

The Martin County School Board approved the District’s final budget for the 2019-2020 school year during its meeting on September 5, 2019. The final budget totals $385.99 million and includes $221.23 million allocated to the general (operating) fund and $130.19 million allocated to capital projects.

“I am pleased with the progress we’ve made to increase the financial health of the Martin County School District,” Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared. “I am proud to report that the District will once again meet the School Board's requirement that we maintain a 5% fund balance this year.”

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) awarded the Martin County School District’s Finance Department its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting in August. Presented to school districts that exhibit transparency in the preparation and issuance of their Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, the award reflects the District’s commitment to clarity and high-quality financial reporting.

“Our Finance Department appreciates the critical importance of fiscal accountability,” Superintendent Gaylord said. “All of our financial publications – from the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to the budget documents presented to the School Board last evening – reflect the District’s unwavering commitment to transparent, detailed reporting practices.”

Martin County Ranked Among Florida's Best School Districts by Niche

Niche, an online platform dedicated to providing data on America's best schools, colleges and universities, has included the Martin County School District on its 2020 list of the Best School Districts in Florida. Ranking at number six, the District is the only school district on the Treasure Coast or in the South Florida region to be listed in the top 10.

"I was thrilled to learn that Niche has once again included the Martin County School District on its list of top school districts in the state," Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared. "Niche takes a lot of data into consideration when compiling these rankings and recognizing outstanding school districts, and I am pleased to see that our position reflects the hard work our teachers, staff and administrators put in each day to ensure we are educating all students for success."

The 2020 Best School Districts rankings are based on an analysis of academic and student life data obtained from the United States Department of Education, Civil Rights Data Collection and the National Center for Education Statistics.

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Teachers Recognized as Microsoft Innovator Educator Experts for 2019-2020

ST. LUCIE – Laurie Boyer and Julia Hilburn, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) teachers, have been selected as Microsoft Innovator Educator (MIE) Experts for 2019-2020.
Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild explained that her team was delighted to learn of the recognition. “Laurie and Julia are the digital trendsetters in our district. It’s no surprise that Microsoft is recognizing their ability to effectively use technology to enhance the learning environment in classrooms across our schools.”

According to Microsoft, Boyer and Hilburn were selected for this prestigious recognition because they are “self-driven, passionate about their work, have a true collaborative spirit, and strive to inspire students with outside-the-box thinking on technology in education.” As MIE Experts, they will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from other technology experts around the world, test new educational tools for Microsoft, and build capacity within SLPS. Microsoft describes recipients as “agents of change” tasked with “creating an environment of innovation in education using technology.”

Boyer works as a Recruitment and Outreach Specialist for the Magnet School MSAP Grant Team while Hilburn currently serves as a Technology Support Specialist on the Talent Development Team.

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