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13 schools earn state's Five Star School Award for community involvement

TAVARES – Thirteen Lake County schools have received the state’s Five Star School Award and were recognized by the Lake County School Board at its meeting on March 14.

The winning schools are Clermont, Cypress Ridge, Eustis Heights, Fruitland Park, Grassy Lake, Groveland, Lost Lake, Pine Ridge, Round Lake, Sawgrass Bay, Seminole Springs and Sorrento elementary schools and Imagine South Lake Charter School.

The award was created by the Florida Education Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council to highlight the importance of community involvement to student success. It is presented annually to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. The Educational Foundation of Lake County serves as the liaison to the state Department of Education for this award.

To qualify, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories:

  • Business partnerships
  • Family involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Student Community Service
  • School Advisory Councils.