Robert Spano takes over at the Guadalupe Center

Co-Host Cherryle Thomas, Robert (Bob) Spano, Vice President of Programs, Sheila Oxx, Program Director for After School Programs and Wotts Mercy, Host of the Radio Program, entitled “Out of Immokalee.” (Submitted photo/Fred N Thomas, Jr.)

The Guadalupe Center 509 Hope Circle in Immokalee is now under the capable hands of Robert (Bob) Spano, who is the Vice President of Programs.

Bob Spano has worked for the Collier County Public School District for over 30 years. He is a native of Ohio. In his early years of teaching in Ohio, he found his way to Naples for a job and the sunshine.

He came to the Guadalupe Center with lots of knowledge and caring for the community. Mr. Spano stated the mission of the center is to break the cycle of poverty, through Education.

Under his leadership they are focusing on a child’s early education which hopefully will close the achievement gap and get college success with each child enrolled into the center.

The program has proven to break the cycle of poverty and provide the children of Immokalee with the hopes of a prosperous and productive life. The program starts from VPK to High School

The Guadalupe Center has many community partners who work with them to accomplish their goals.

They also have an After School Programs managed by Ms. Sheila Oxx who is a native of New Jersey and lots of energetic High School students who tutor the young kids.

The Immokalee Guadalupe Center was founded in 1982.

Call Radio Station FM 90,5 highlighted the Guadalupe Center recently for all the community services it provides to the community of Immokalee.

Fred is special to the Immokalee Bulletin and he can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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