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Champions For Learning Awards $49,000 in Grants to Collier County Teachers

On October 3, Collier County teachers were surprised by Champions For Learning board members, volunteers and supporters as they received funds for their classroom grants.

During the course of the day, Champions For Learning awarded 104 grant checks that totaled $49,314 to 39 schools. The checks will provide teachers with the funds needed to implement creative and innovative learning experiences for students.

These classroom grants were requested by Collier County teachers through the online grant portal on Champions For Learning’s website. The community can go to the website and fund requests (up to $2,000).  This online grant program began in 2003, to enable the community to support teachers.

Thanks to a charitable gift from Suncoast Credit Union, which supports the technology and capacity for the classroom grant portal, 100% of community contribution goes into supporting teacher grants.

The following provided significant contributions to fund specific teacher grants:  Suncoast Credit Union, Florida License for Learning License Plate Fund, Lucie Jenny MacCarthy Music Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County, and Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope.

There are still opportunities to fund a teacher’s great idea. Click here to support local classrooms today!

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Fund-A-Need!

Help students and teachers come back to school with resources needed to succeed!

Help Students:

  • $100 – provides a calculator essential for the ACT/SAT
  • $500 – provides a college field trip and career expierences
  • $1,000 – provides laptops and much needed technology

Help Teachers:

  • Book sets that help students discover a love for reading
  • Science kits for fun and engaging experiments
  • iPads to support hands-on learning

To see the needs of students and teachers click here.

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Champions For Learning Takes on the University of Central Florida

On August 3, Champions For Learning’s student programs took 25 rising seniors to tour the campus of the University of Central Florida.

During this tour, students were able to see the academic buildings, campus recreation, and visit first-year housing. Students also were able to experience UCF’s dining hall, 65 South.

To continue to expose students to the college life, Champions For Learning will have more college tours throughout the year.

You can help provide such experiences for our students by funding a need. To see the needs of students as well as teachers click here.

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It Takes a Village to Support Great Teachers: Teacher Workshops Opportunities

Sign up and start the year with fresh ideas!

  • PBS Learning Workshop: Join us to learn more about PBS Learning Media and the Florida custom service. Presented by Paula Sklodowski from WGCU. RSVP at www.wgcu.org/events and click Special Events. Click here to see the event flyer.
    • When: Monday, August 28
    • Where: Champions For Learning Office, 3606 Enterprise Ave. Suite 150 Naples, FL 34104
    • Time: 4:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Building Up SteAm: Moving Art Across the Curriculum: Hear from community organizations about their art contest,field trips, and ways to weave art throughout the curriculum. RSVP by Sept. 8th to Amy Snyder at ASnyder@ChampionsForLearning.org.
    • When: Tuesday, September 12
    • Where: Champions For Learning Office, 3606 Enterprise Ave. Suite 150 Naples, FL 34104
    • Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

*MIP points are available for each workshop

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Congratulations Real World Learning Model Graduates!

On May 11, Champions For Learning celebrated the 42 seniors who graduated from the Real World Learning Model College & Career prep program.  This lovely event presented by BMO Financial Group and hosted at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the work of the students.   Students applied for and were selected for this program as juniors and have made a weekly commitment in working toward their goals.

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Congratulations Take Stock in Children Graduates

On April 25, fifty high school seniors walked across the stage as they accepted their certificate of completion of the Take Stock in Children Scholarship and Mentoring program of Champions For Learning.

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Champions For Learning Ranks Among Top 25 Education Foundations in Nation

The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations, “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations” has ranked Champions For Learning, The Education Foundation of Collier County, among the top 25 in the country.

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Champions For Learning Hosts Golden Apple Celebration

On March 31, Champions For Learning hosted the 27th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner. During this event the community honored and thanked the Golden Apple Recipients, Teachers of Distinction, and Collier County Public Schools Teachers of the Year.

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Vote for Future Ready Collier in A Community Thrives

Vote now through May 12 (once a day)! Help Champions For Learning and 35+ organizations work together through Future Ready Collier and bring $50,000-$100,000 to our community to support our collective work!

Click here to learn more about Future Ready Collier.

Click here to vote!

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