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  • Scott Strong Scholarship applications available
    The Scott Strong Memorial Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for the Scott Strong Scholarship. The $2,000 award may be used for books, fees or tuition at any technical center, college or university.

     

    Applicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA, have a track record of community involvement or volunteerism, and plan to graduate from Lake County public school in 2015.

     

    Submit applications to the Educational Foundation of Lake County at 2045 Pruitt Street Leesburg, FL 34748 by 5 p.m. on March 10.

     

    Scott Strong served as a Lake County School Board member from 2000 to 2008 and was named Consortium of Florida Education Foundation (CFEF) School Board Member of the Year in 2008 for the state of Florida. He loved his community and worked tirelessly to make Lake County a better place especially in education. Since the fund was established in 2009, 63 students have received over $50,000.

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  • Library launches Bookmark Design Contest
    TAVARES — All students (K-12) and adults in Lake County are invited to enter the Lake County Library System’s 16th annual Bookmark Design Contest. This year’s theme is Dreams and Nightmares, where imaginary worlds and magical creatures are common.
     
    Each contest entry should contain an element of fantasy. Participants may submit as many entries as they wish.
     
    Awards will be announced at the annual Authors’ Reception on Friday, March 13, at the W. T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora. The wining bookmark designs will then be available at all 15 libraries in the Lake County Library System and will be printable from the library system’s web site. Prizes will include gift cards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners provided by sponsor Insight Credit Union.
     
    Entry forms are available at www.mylakelibrary.org. Completed entry forms can be delivered with your original bookmark design to any LCLS library. They also may be mailed to Linda Goff, Youth Services Coordinator, 2401 Woodlea Road, Tavares FL 32778. Electronic files (300 dpi or greater) may be submitted via email to MContreras@lakecountyfl.gov.
     
    Deadline for submission is February 13, 2015. Complete rules and guidelines are available at www.mylakelibrary.org.

    For additional information on the contest, call Linda Goff, Youth Services Coordinator, at 352-253-6167.
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  • History panel to discuss African American Education in Lake County

    MOUNT DORA — The Lake County Historical Society will host a panel discussion on “African American Education in Lake County from 1886 to 1970.” Vivan Owens, author of the book, The Mount Dorans: African American History Notes of a Florida Town, will moderate the free discussion on Feb. 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the W.T. Bland Library in Mount Dora. The public is invited to attend. 
    Highlights will include the earliest schools for African Americans in Lake County, including the Rosenwald schools built in the 1920s; how teachers led their classes with limited financial resources; pitfalls during early integration attempts, and the closings of African American schools in 1970 as integration began.
     


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