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Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Teachers of Distinction

 

We are proud to announce the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program’s 2017-2018 Teachers of Distinction. This year, Hurricane Irma provided an opportunity for each school to bring forward a teacher and best practice to highlight on behalf of their school. From this group of Teachers of Distinction, Champions For Learning’s community-based selection committee will identify five teachers to highlight as Golden Apple recipients. Click here to see the list of Teachers of Distinction.

The Teachers of Distinction and the Golden Apple recipients will be honored at the Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner presented by Suncoast Credit Union on April 16, 2018, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

We’d like to thank our presenting sponsor, Suncoast Credit Union and all of the support they provide educators and students.  We would also like to thank additional Golden Apple Champion Level Sponsors:  CenturyLink, Moorings Park, Naples Daily News, NBC-2 Waterman Broadcasting and Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope.

Opportunities to sponsor a school to attend the event are available. For more information on event sponsorships and ticket sales click here.

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Suncoast Scholarship Now Open

The Suncoast Credit Union is partnering with Champions For Learning to offer five (5) $2,000 scholarship awards to high school graduates in the Class of 2018.  Class of 2018 high school graduates in Suncoast Credit Union’s 21-county service territory have the opportunity to apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $116,000 investment in scholarships by the Tampa-based credit union’s Foundation.

Applications are now open and are available. Click here to download the application.

All applications must be received by 5pm on January 12, 2018 at the Champions For Learning office, 3606 Enterprise Avenue #150, Naples, FL  34104.

This year’s Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program represents a continued philosophy of the foundation to support education initiatives and the well-being and potential of children.  Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has contributed more than $19 million including more than 600 student scholarships valued at nearly $1 million.

“We believe the best way we can build better communities is by investing in education and health-related initiatives for children,” said Cindy Helton, Executive Director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.  “Through the Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program, we have the opportunity to invest in individual human potential, which is particularly rewarding.”

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Champions For Learning Earns Highest 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

Champions For Learning’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

This is the second consecutive time that Champions For Learning has earned this top distinction.

“Champions For Learning’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Champions For Learning to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Champions For Learning.”

“We are extremely proud to be receiving a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator,” says Lynn Davidson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Our Board of Directors and staff work hard to make sure that 100% of the community contributions go directly to the programs that enrich student learning through educators and ensure students achieve their college and career goals.”

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Attention 11th Graders! Real World Learning Model Application Now Open!

Start planning for your future today! The Real World Learning Model College and Career Prep Program provides weekly support for college access, financial aid instruction, career exploration and readiness, goal-setting and self-advocacy skills for 11th-12th grade students and families.

Students in 11th grade, from public or independent high schools, regardless of income level, are eligible to apply. This program is provided at no costs to students and families thanks to community contributions and a generous grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

Deadline for the application: October 30, 2017

Click here to download the application.

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Don’t Forget FAFSA is Now Open!

Need help paying for college? Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick. It gives 12th graders and college students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or technical school. In Florida, colleges will also determine your eligibility for state and school aid. Applying early is the key to ensuring you are eligible for the maximum amount of aid.
The 2018-19  FAFSA is now open! 
For more locations to get free assistance to complete your FAFSA click here.
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Night of Champions Honorees Announced!

We are proud to announce their 2017-18 Night of Champions honorees.

These honorees are being recognized at the Night of Champions event on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. These individuals will be honored for their impact on the lives of students through mentoring, leadership, collaboration and community involvement with educators or students. These honored Champions exemplify what it means to make a commitment to our students and their future.

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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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