West Orange High Peers With a Purpose members (front, l. to r.) Meena Akntar, Mariah Seybold, peer mediation teacher and breast cancer survivor Tisha Rambaransingh, Madi Dixon, Julia Rush, Elizabeth Donnelly, (middle, l. to r.) Neshay McLean, Lydia Santana, Faith McKenna, Kaveen Autar, Zach Biedermann, Kenya Holmes, (back, l. to r.) Kaitlyn Rosenbauer, Ryan Mansingh, Deanna Crisa, Brandon Tanner, Trenton McGee and Juan Fajardo take a stand against cancer.
Students in West Orange High’s Peers With A Purpose will join members of the local community to take a stand against cancer. Each member will participate in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event April 20 in downtown Winter Garden in honor of their peer mediation teacher, Tisha Rambaransingh, who beat Stage 3B breast cancer. The students also are walking for the multitude of people still battling cancer. They also created a video to help raise cancer awareness. To view the video, visit www.godtube.com/godsgirl35 on the Web.
As part of a Mother’s Day charity drive, Foundation Academy students collect essential items for residents of Harbor House of Central Florida.
Students at Foundation Academy in Winter Garden kicked off a collection drive of essential and comfort items for residents of Harbor House of Central Florida. The event is in support of Two Men and a Truck’s Movers for Moms Mother’s Day charity drive, which co-benefits SafeHouse of Seminole and Harbor House of Central Florida.
Holy Family Catholic School eighth-grader Julia Beu (third from left) places third in her grade division of the national Maryknoll Student Essay Contest. She is congratulated by (l. to r.) Jackie Flanigan; Principal Sister Dorothy Sayers, M.P.F.; the Rev. William Ennis; Stacey Beu; Mary McCrory; and Deacon Larry Hart of Maryknoll.
Julia Beu, a Holy Family Catholic School eighth-grader, placed third in Division 1 (sixth through eighth grade) of Maryknoll magazine’s 23rd annual Maryknoll Student Essay Contest. This year’s topic was Jesus and Bullying, and 7,000 entries were submitted. Deacon Larry Hart of Maryknoll presented Julia with her prize, which included $150, during mass at the school.
Central Florida Christian Academy, located at 700 Good Homes Road in Orlando, will hold an open house April 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. CFCA built its foundation on academic excellence and spiritual integrity. The philosophy of education at CFCA involves the local church, family and school partnering to educate every child. For more information, call 407-850-2322 or visit www.cfcaeagles.org on the Web.
Premier Academy pre-K4 classmates (l. to r.) Lilly Brezak, Lena Clark, Alexa Schwamm and Stella Kirkland take a break on the playground.
Based on the theory that children learn through play, Premier Academy in Windermere provides classroom routines that encourage active involvement and experimentation. Its curriculum includes Play Day, preschool/pre-K, kindergarten and first grade.
Johnny Nguyen and his wife, Thu Tran, co-owners of Debonair Nails & Spa on Conroy-Windermere Road in Orlando, are sponsoring a fundraiser for Dr. Phillips, MetroWest and Palm Lake elementary schools; Windy Ridge School; Chain of Lakes and Southwest middle schools; and Dr. Phillips and Olympia high schools. The longtime Southwest residents are offering a 10 percent discount to those schools’ students and staff members, and will donate 10 percent of parents’ total sales to the school of their choice. Johnny and Thu, whose children attend PLES and DPHS, also donate gift cards to the schools.
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