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College and Career Check List: 9th Grade through Rising 10th Grade

Complete Late August through Early December (fall):

____ Think about college as an important part of your future

  • Discuss your thoughts and ideas with family and school guidance counselor or teacher
  • Start saving money for college if you have not already
    • There are other expenses associated with college outside of attending a school
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Student Highlight: Darchelle Excellent

“If you know you have the potential to do something, then you need to do it,” says Darchelle Excellent, Champions For Learning Real World Learning Model participant and a Naples Daily News 2016 Graduate of Distinction.

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Featured Champion: Cindy Helton

The work of innovative teachers making a difference for students is top on the list for Cindy Helton, Executive Director, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.

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College and Career Check List: 8th Grade through Rising 9th Grade

Complete March through Early June (spring):

____Become involved in community service

  • Explore your career interests and gain real-world experience
  • Begin community service hours for scholarships and leadership experience
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Congratulations to the Induction Class of 2016

Champions For Learning is proud to announce that 56 students were inducted into the Take Stock in Children Scholarship and Mentoring Program at an induction ceremony on April 28, supported by Suncoast Credit

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College and Career Checklist: 10th Grade through Rising 11th Grade

Complete August through Early December (fall):

____Continue discussing your future goals with family and talk to your school guidance counselor to determine resources available to support your future plans

  • Discuss admission testing required for your post-secondary plans
  • Gather information on post-secondary schools and programs
  • Begin planning for financial assistance
    • Bright Futures and other scholarships, start saving up
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Champions For Learning Announce Golden Apple Recipients

On February 18, students in five Collier County classrooms received bushels of Golden Delicious apples as their teachers were surprised with Golden Apple awards, which highlight best practices in teaching.  Representatives from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, presenting sponsor of the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, were joined by Champions For Learning board members, sponsors, and volunteers to present the awards to the teachers in their classrooms.

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Students Receive Help Completing the FAFSA

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a critical step for families to complete in order for their student to be considered for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

College Goal Sunday is a free session open to all Collier County families in which you can get assistance from trained volunteers and financial aid professionals and complete your FAFSA online.

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Featured Champion: Beverly Feagin

“Education is the key to opportunity,” says Beverly Feagin, Champions For Learning board member, chair of the Volunteer Leadership Council and College Goal Sunday Volunteer.

This firm belief in education first led Beverly to become involved with Champions For Learning by volunteering for College Goal Sunday. College Goal Sunday trains volunteers to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This resource will make filling out the FAFSA much easier for students and families.

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Featured Champion: China Pierrelus

As a child of Haitian immigrants, China dreamed of one day receiving a degree and making her parents proud. As a first generation student, China faced many hardships.

China did not allow these obstacles to deter her. With the help of Champions For Learning and her mentor, China was able to earn a degree in Community Health from Florida Gulf Coast University. China currently works with the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida where she educates the community about living a healthy lifestyle. She is also being honored as a Champion at our Night of Champions event on February 10, 2016 at the Naples Grande.

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