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23 Lake County schools earn state award for volunteer work

23 Lake County Schools received the Golden School Award from the Florida Department of Education. The Lake County Schools. 

The shchools are:

1. Astatula Elemetnary School

2. Beverly Shores Elementary School

3. Cypress Ridge Elementary School

4. Eustis Heights Elementary School

5. Fruitland Park Elementary School

6. Grassy Lake Elementary SChool

7. Groveland Elementary School

8. Imagine South Lake Charter

9. Leesburg Elementary School

10. Lost Lake Elementary School

11. Mascotte Elementary Charter 

12. Minneola Elementary Charter

13. Mt. Dora High 

14. Pine Ridge Elementary School

15. Rimes Early Learning & Literacy Center

16. Sawgrass Bay Elementary School

17. Seminole Springs Elemetnary School

18. Sorrento Elemetnary School

19. Tavares Elemetnary School

20. Treadway Elementary School

21. Triangle Elemetnary School

22. Umatilla Elementary School

23. Villages Elementary School


Per the Florida Department of Education’s official website, the Golden School Award recognizes schools that meet the following criteria:

1.      A minimum of 80 percent of the school staff participated in training related to school volunteerism.

2.      A school volunteer coordinator is designated for recruitment, placement, training and supervision of school volunteers.

3.      The total number of hours of volunteer service equals twice the number of students enrolled in the school. Any volunteer activity that contributes to student improvement may be counted.


Schools were instructed to apply for the Golden School Award or the Silver School Award via a nomination form provided by the Department of Education by March 1 of this year. Schools that met the above criteria were recognized with the Golden School Award.


Mount Dora High School is the only Lake County High School to be nominated this year. Dr. Catherine Slack, Assistant Principal at Mount Dora High School, submitted the nomination forms through the Educational Foundation of Lake County Schools. Slack said they are very excited to have received such recognition. “The results indicate that our beloved students and parents are very active in not just the school, but the community."