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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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  • Gov. Scott Presents Shine Awards to Nine Reading and English Educators
    TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott recently recognized nine outstanding educators – including one from Lake County -- for their contributions to education with the Governor's Shine Awards.

    In conjunction with 2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, which is being recognized January 26 - 30, Scott honored teachers who specialize in the fields of reading and English language arts. Each year, Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! brings together education leaders and volunteers to promote the importance of literacy. This year’s theme, “Reading Accelerates Success,” connects the value of literacy with careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    Lake County’s honoree was Anjanette McGregor, a teacher at Tavares High School. She entered the teaching profession 11 years ago. She began her teaching career in Monroe County and then relocated to Lake County where she teaches high school intensive reading and English language arts. She works diligently to keep all teachers abreast on the new standards, including innovative ways to implement those standards to increase student engagement and success. McGregor is currently working on a community education project that will focus on the intricacies of education policy with the goal of increasing parental and community involvement.

    The other honorees were from schools in Okaloosa, Orange, Alachua, Leon, Hernando, Hillsborough and Marion counties.
     


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  •  Summer Literacy Adventure

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Local Events

  • Ducks invade Lake County Schools
    A giant duck landed at Treadway Elementary today kicking off the No Duck Left Behind Rubber Ducky Race and Carnival. Thousands of rubber duckies will race to the finish line on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Wooton Park in Tavares from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.
     
    Duck adoptions can be made at 28 participating schools or on-line at www.edfoundation.com. The cost is 1 duck for $5 or 3 ducks for $10. The winner of the race will receive a $5000 college scholarship and 8 other lucky winners will receive a $1500 Sylvan Learning Scholarship, IPad mini, IPod, flat screen TV, Wet N Wild tickets, Universal tickets, Beats by DRE or a $100 gift card. School booths with food and games will surround the free moonwalks and obstacle courses. Don’t miss this great family fun day.

    For more information call 352-326-1265 or
    Cullen-battc@lake.k12.fl.us.
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  • Gov 2 Biz Workshop 
    Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 9:00 am—Noon
     
    This workshop is designed to educate businesses on how government procurement works and how to successfully do business with government agencies. The process of doing business with government agencies is different than private businesses. It is not as hard as you think.
     
    To register e-mail purch@leesburgflorida.gov or call (352) 728-988
     
    Workshop will be in Leesburg. Details provided to businesses after they have registered. 

    Agencies Represented
    The following agencies will have
    representatives in attendance.
    City of Clermont
    City of Eustis
    City of Leesburg
    City of Mount Dora
    City of Tavares
    Lake County BOCC
    Lake County School District

     
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  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter launch of the Summer Brain Gain program

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties announces the launch of the Summer Brain Gain program, a summer learning loss prevention program developed specifically for Boys & Girls Clubs.

    Each summer, an estimated 43 million children in the U.S. miss out on expanded learning opportunities that could prevent them from falling behind before the next school year begins. During summer, most youth lose about two months’ worth of math skills. Low-income youth also lose more than two months’ worth of reading skills, while their middle-class peers make slight gains.

    “Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation,” said Freddy Williams, Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to ensuring that our community’s youth, especially those who need us most, graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. That’s why we are offering the Summer Brain Gain program to fight the detrimental effect of summer learning loss.”

    Summer Brain Gain is comprised of 17 one-week modules with fun, themed activities for elementary school, middle school and high school students. Supported by Disney, each module takes a project-based learning approach; youth engage in a process of learning through discovery, creative expression, group work and a final project or production. With modules topics such as “Green Team,” “Wacky Watch” and “Connect the Dots,” participants can make sculptures out of found objects, create weather in a bottle, or even learn how they are connected to the President of the United States of America.

    Summer Brain Gain was pilot tested in more than 200 Clubs in 2013. While the average low-income U.S. student lost at least two months of learning last summer, the average Summer Brain Gain participant did not. Given this positive impact, Summer Brain Gain will be offered at 1,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country this summer, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties.

    For more information about Summer Brain Gain, please visit www.greatfutures.org/braingain.

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