Students First – CSO performs at LMS

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), founded in 1891, is arguably one of the greatest orchestras in the world. There are many who long for tickets to see a performance by such an esteemed group of musicians. So imagine our surprise to find that our very own students were about to get a performance of their […]

Immokalee Teen receives Youth of the Year award

Regarded as the Boys and Girls Club’s most premier recognition program for Club members, the accolade of “Youth of the Year” recognizes the service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. As challenging as the selection process proves to be, this year’s Collier County […]

Matific Awards prizes to schools, classrooms, and students

Matific, an award-winning education technology company offering immersive math games for K–6 students, is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Matific Math Games Challenge, a free, online math competition aimed at improving American students’ confidence and math skills in the classroom. “Matific offers our hearty congratulations to the winners of the Matific Math […]

Students First – Dr. Luke Dollar speaks to fourth graders

Last week, all fourth grade students in Collier County got to feel like they were walking the soil of Madagascar as they tuned into a video conference to learn about the Fosa, a native mammal to the area. There he was on the screen, the famous Dr. Luke Dollar, live at the Naples Zoo to […]

Students First – Immokalee Schools shine at event

Pinecrest Elementary School was buzzing with excitement at the recent Immokalee Schools’ Showcase. Everyone is familiar with the district’s big STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Conference held in Naples. This Immokalee Showcase looked to be a mini version of the STEAM Conference and highlighted the activities that take place in our Immokalee classrooms […]

Students First – Leading by Example

Everyone has heard the term “leading by example,” right? The staff over at Highlands Elementary School is not only leading by example, they’re also “reading by example” to motivate their students. “Our staff wanted to model how nightly reading for enjoyment can also lead to personal growth, achievement, and success,” shares Principal Laura Mendicino. “There […]

Students First – CCPS partners with World Vision

It has been well over a year since Hurricane Irma rocked Southwest Florida’s landscape and left in its path a trail of debris and devastation. We came together as a community, and here in Immokalee and in Everglades City, we can still be seen picking up the pieces of what the storm left behind. Organizations, […]

Champions For Learning announces the 2019 Golden Apple Recipients

On February 13, students in six Collier County classrooms received bushels of Golden Delicious apples as their teachers were surprised with Golden Apple awards, which highlight best practices in teaching. Representatives from Suncoast Credit Union, Presenting Sponsor of the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, were joined by Champions For Learning board members, sponsors, and volunteers […]

Students First – IMS Principal Ryan Nemeth recognized

Immokalee Middle School (IMS) is celebrating the success of its leader in the way of digital innovation. On January 28, Principal Ryan Nemeth was recognized at the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando as one of three Innovative Principal of the Year finalists in the state of Florida by the Florida Council of Instructional […]

Dreamcatchers raising aspirations for local youth

In 2014, The Immokalee 1 by 1 Leadership Foundation began seeking students who were interested in giving back to their community. They molded these students by giving them “responsibility, focus and motivation necessary for success in their chosen fields.” Then they inspired some youth to take on an entrepreneurship and start the Taste of Immokalee, […]