Vol. 43 No. 18
Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County
Thursday, May 6, 2010
At a Glance
Day of Service brings success with 'Linking Arms'
ay! Pg. 5
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to have as many of our local resi-
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The Empowerment Alliance of
Southwest Florida is conducting
a series of evening workshop that
are designed to give prospective
home buyers a comprehensive
understanding of buying a home
including. Part I & II English/Span-
ish Workshop will be offered on
Monday, May 10 and Monday, May
17 from 6-9 p.m. The class location
for the workshop will be the career
and services center of Southwest
Florida, 750 South Fifth Street,
Immokalee. Registration is limited
so register early. To register or for
more information, please call Ana
Salazar at 239-658-3318. The work-
shop is co-sponsored by Collier
County Housing and Human Ser-
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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By Marylou V Navarrete
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
The Day of Service for the
"Immokalee Beautification Proj-
ect", on Saturday, April 24, was
a sweet success. The day started
bright and early for over 300
members from The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They gathered together from com-
munities of Lee and Collier Coun-
ties to paint homes and a local
church building in Immokalee
for the "Day of Service". Included
were ten Immokalee High school
student volunteers from the Front
Porch organization, led by Vicki
Carr, who joined the teams in the
The Naples crew of more
than 45 painted the three church
buildings at the Assembly of God
Church, on Ninth Street, the same
white color. Primary aged children
made baskets of goodwill and they
were distributed to the homeown-
ers in the spirit of making their
house a home. The Young Wom-
en's Organization made 100 Hy-
giene Kits to give to the Immoka-
lee Friendship House.
Ron Hooks, Program Staff Co-
ordinator at the Friendship House,
said "It's a blessing. We can always
use hygiene products." Ron then
gave the group a tour through the
clean and well-organized home-
less shelter which is supported
through the United Way and pri-
vate donations. "The shelter has a
See DOS Page 2
National Day of Prayer
events set for Immokalee
At least two special activi-
ties by local churches are open
to Christians in Immokalee to
join together in prayer for our
community, our county and our
country during these times of
local, national and international
First Baptist Church is inviting
any from the community to join
them in a special time of prayer
from nooon-1 p.m. outside the
church at the corner of Lake Traf-
ford Road and Route 29 North. In
case of inclimate weather, prayer
will be held inside the sanctu-
ary. Pastor Dennis Norvell invites
anyone from our Christian com-
munity to join together during
this special occasion.
First United Methodist Church,
on the corner of Roberts Avenue
and North 9th Street will also
have its sanctuary open for any
and all who like to join them as
well from noon-1 p.m. for a time
of concentrated prayer. Pastor
Merritt Waters similarly invites
any Christians to join this cel-
ebration of the National Day of
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Marylou Navarrete
Working together, thanks in part to a proclamation by the Board
of County Commissioners naming the Day of Service, Latter
Day Saints Church members and volunteers continue to trans-
form a blue colored home to green.
iTECH brings family
care center to campus
Something magical is forming out
of a new partnership between
the Immokalee Technical Cen-
ter (iTECH) and CHS Healthcare
(formerly Collier Health Services).
This partnership came about from
a vision, to teach students in a
"real world" setting. To achieve
this, CHS moved their Immokalee
Family Care Center (IFCC) office
to iTECH. This primary care office
runs side by side next to student-
run businesses at iTECH.
iTECH was chosen for several
reasons. It is the newest technical
training center in Florida, and it fo-
cuses on state of the art career and
technical education programs for
high school students and adults.
When it became known to CHS
executives that a medical office
was outlined for the iTECH project,
it seemed a natural fit for the non-
profit organization to move its es-
tablished IFCC practice to this new
"We envisioned a school in which
students learn career skills through
running businesses-- real busi-
nesses that are open to the public.
Embedding a family practice in
the center allows our nursing stu-
dents to have clinical experiences
without having to leave campus,"
said Dorin Oxender, Principal of
Norma Innis Montgomery, a cur-
rent practical nursing student said,
"I'm looking forward to spend-
ing time as a nursing student in
the CHS clinic at iTECH. It will be
interesting to see the differences
between a primary care office in
the community compared to the
hospital. I really like that it's on
iTECH students will rotate through
the IFCC practice in order to pro-
vide them real world experiences
as part of the educational process.
The relationship with CHS Health-
care and iTECH is unique, provid-
ing both an education for students
and medical services to patients.
To learn more, please contact
Dorin Oxender at 239-377-9900.
Moms get free day at Sun N Fun Lagoon
Mothers are special all of This promotion is only good on
the time, but on Mother's Day Mother's Day. Food concessions
it's a chance to thank them for are available, but no outside
all they have done for you. This food is permitted.
Sunday, May 9, mothers are in- Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water
vited into Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Park Facility Attractions include:
free of charge with one paid ad- One waterslide drops into Sun-
mission. ny's Lazy River, 4 water slides
So dads, you can help your take you to a drop pool, Heated
child give Mom the gift of out- family pool Tadpole Pool, a
door fun with a relaxing, fun day children's activity wading water
at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. The water
park hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See MOMS Page'_
2 Immokalee Bulletin May 6, 2010
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capacity of 48, except when the facility be-
comes a rescue shelter during a hurricane
which can take in an additional 99 people
by setting up cots in an additional area." Ron
explained, "We don't turn anyone away."
Gordon Lowery, whom was the Day of
Service Committee Chairman said, "a great
work was performed on the 17th with the
power washing and again on the 24th with
the Hygiene kits, the "making a house a
home" baskets, the painting of homes and a
church and some of the best home cooked
food I have ever had at a church function.
We chatted with a few home owners after
the event and they were thrilled with the
professional work everyone performed.
They looked like new homes full of bright
Joann Postell, homeowner on 618 Circle
Ave in Immokalee said, "I truly appreciate
the people coming out. I knew I needed
paint, but I didn't have the money to do it.
People sure are nice. I would have had to
do it little by little." The happy painting crew
of 25 high school students and adults trans-
formed the dark brown house into a brightly
painted home before noon.
Madie Stokes, another homeowner on
509 Stokes Ave, says that her children all
grew up in the home. It made her feel like
a young woman to have a freshly painted
house that she had been trying to do herself
for the past two years.
Homeowners Pablo and Maria Navarrete,
of 403 W Jefferson Ave, also said, "We feel
good that people came out to do a nice thing
for so many of us that live in Immokalee.
Our house was a blue color for 15 years and
now it is a bright green. Thank you."
A new local LDS church being built at
1218 SR29 Immokalee is where the volun-
teers gathered and then separated into the
community by crews of 24 and more. Dr.
Robert Pritt of Ft. Myers, President of the Ft.
Myers area serving Punta Gorda to Naples,
said, "We are thrilled to be able to help our
brothers and sisters in Immokalee and dem-
onstrate our love for our Savior Jesus Christ."
The new chapel in Immokalee is scheduled
for completion this summer and visitors are
Describing the character of Latter-day
Saints, Newsweek magazine wrote: "No
matter where Mormons live, they find them-
selves part of a network of mutual concern;
in Mormon theology everyone is a minister
of a kind, everyone is empowered in some
way to do good to others, and to have good
done unto them: it is a 21st century cove-
nant of caring."
The Church's teachings and programs
are designed to fortify the family. The time-
honored virtues of charity, sacrifice, patience
and forgiveness enable society to prosper
and they are most effectively learned at
home. The Day of Service united local orga-
nizations in a service project which helped
bring relief to those suffering because of the
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Marylou Navarrete
Volunteers and Latter Day Saints Church members spend the day painting
many homes in the Immokalee area during the Day of Service proclaimed by
the Board of County Commissioners. The paint and supplies were all donated
by the church with crew chiefs named to sign up homes to be painted. The day
was planned as part of the Immokalee Beatification Project coordinating efforts
of local volunteers and church members. Great job and many thanks to all!
We would like to give a special "Thank
You" to all that participated and to the
Collier County Board of Commissioners
for the signing of the proclamation to of-
ficially declare and support April 24, as the
Day of Service. We are Christians who like
to serve others in a Christ like fashion. To
watch a video of the Day of Service April
24, "Immokalee Beautification Project"
on Youtube, go to http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=NRpDJgbeoq4, if not go to
www.youtube.com and enter jtrotterb and
then look for Day of Service Project 2010 in
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area with a fish slide and more
Turtle Cove, a pool for ages 5-12 years
old with lily pads and ropes for climbing
Sunny's Lazy River, 1200 feet long
All pools except Tadpole wading area
The park is offering a special discount this
year to Collier County residents with a Flor-
ida Driver's License. With a Florida Driver's
License showing a Collier County address,
you and your party will receive $2 off any 48
inch or taller entry, normally $12. Children
three and under enter free and those shorter
than 48 inches are just $5.50.
Add sales tax to all fees listed above.
Group rates, seasonal passes and party
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At this three hour event 100 dancers will be
performing in over 35 routines. It will be an
exciting day with an audience of over 600
The Dance Academy is proud to be an
outstanding member in the community,
involved with local events and is pleased
to bring the art of dance to students from
all over the community. With help from lo-
cal businesses, the academy has set a goal
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Weather Forecast News in Brief
Weather forecast for Collier County from
the National Weather Service
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms after noon.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. Calm
wind becoming south southeast between 4
and 7 mph.
Thursday night: A slight chance of
showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with
a low around 69. South southwest wind
around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of
precipitation is 20 percent.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with
a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south
between 5 and 8 mph.
Friday night: A slight chance of show-
ers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.
South wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming
calm. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 91.
Saturday night: A 10 percent chance of
showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of show-
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showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
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IHS to hold 20 year reunion
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come together and reconnect. The class of
1990 is celebrating the ocassion with what
will prove to be a memorable reunion.. For
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County offers Hunter safety course
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva- noon.
tion Commission (FWC) will host a free Space is limited and reservations are
hunter safety course May 24-27 and June required. Participants may make reserva-
6, in Collier County. Attendance on all five tions at: MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by
days is required for those seeking certifica- calling 561-625-5122. A statewide schedule
tion. of hunter safety classes is available at: My-
Students will learn about hunting laws, FWC.com/HunterSafety.
safe gun handling and wildlife identifica- Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975,
tion, among other topics, before taking must pass an approved hunter safety
the final test. The course also includes live- course before purchasing a Florida hunt-
firing instruction on a shooting range. All ing license. Parents or legal guardians must
of the May evening classes will be held at accompany children under 16 years of age
the Collier County Museum, 3301 Tamiami to all classes. To participate in the live-fire
Trail East, Naples, from 6-9 p.m. The class exercises, children under 18 years old must
on June 6, will be held at BSA Camp Miles, present a parental release form signed by a
38751 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda, 8 a.m. parent or legal guardian
Victims of certain offenses in Collier
County now have the ability to file crime re-
ports online through www.colliersheriff.org.
The new service is part of the Collier
County Sheriff's Office's ongoing effort to
increase service and save tax dollars.
Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk said the online
crime reporting system will free up deputies
to respond to other calls and make report
filing more convenient for citizens.
"If you need to report a lost cell phone
for insurance purposes, you can do it online
at your convenience instead of calling and
waiting for a deputy to come to your house,"
Sheriff Rambosk said. "Meanwhile, the dep-
The month of May has officially been
proclaimed Mental Health Month which
aims to raise awareness of the availability of
effective, scientifically based mental health
programs and how to access care locally if
needed. This year, David Lawrence Center
is taking this opportunity to focus on chil-
dren's mental health which affects one in
five young people.
Mental health problems are painful -
emotionally, spiritually and socially espe-
cially for children and adolescents. Words
that make fun of mental health create a
sense of shame, feelings of guilt and loss
of self-esteem. Children and adolescents
exposed to such a negative view of them-
selves feel rejected, lonely and isolated. At
utywho would have been dispatched to your
location is out taking care of other calls."
The system may be used to report harass-
ing phone calls, lost property, criminal mis-
chief, petty theft, grand theft up to $1,000,
animal complaints, identity theft and proper-
ty damage. Crime tips can also be reported.
Only crimes that take place within Collier
County but outside the Naples and Marco Is-
land city limits may be reported through the
system. Anyone who is unsure whether their
crime meets that requirement can find out
by calling CCSO's non-emergency number,
Lawrence Center provides children's assessments
the David Lawrence Center, Collier Coun-
ty's only not-for-profit community mental
health and substance abuse treatment
provider, nearly 5,000 children each year
receive prevention, intervention and treat-
ment services that include crisis interven-
tion, psychiatric medical services, individ-
ual and family outpatient treatment, group
therapy, case management, therapeutic
onsite services and prevention education.
In honor of Mental Health Month, David
Lawrence Center is offering free children's
mental health assessments. To schedule
an assessment appointment, call Juvenile
Assessment Services, located at the David
Lawrence Center Horseshoe Drive Satellite
Office, at 239-263-4013.
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May 6, 2010
Charity Golf Classic raises $100,000 for Immokalee children
Stormy weather on April 26, was no
match for the 2010 Charity Classic Inter-
Club Challenge. Twenty foursomes from lo-
cal country clubs and their clubs' golf pros
banked on the storm being short-lived and
were rewarded when skies cleared for a de-
layed afternoon start at The Old Collier Golf
Club. The tournament raised $100,000, ben-
efitting the children of Immokalee through
a partnership of The Immokalee Foundation
and The First Tee of Naples/Collier Program
in Immokalee. The winning teams were
from Hideout Golf Club (men's) and The
Club at Mediterra (women's).
Referring to the earlier storm, tourna-
ment co-chair Tom Weyl joked with golfers
gathered to tee off, "The Immokalee Foun-
dation has overcome a lot through the years;
but maybe not quite like this." He added,
"Thanks to our presenting sponsor Morgan
Stanley Smith Barney, our host The Old Col-
lier Golf Club and other corporate gold spon-
sors and underwriters, your participation to-
day goes right to the bottom line helping
the children of Immokalee."
Also addressing the golfers were TIF
executive director Liz Allbritten and Cindy
Darland, executive director of The First Tee
of Naples/Collier, who told the crowd, "Be-
cause of you, the children of Immokalee can
learn to play the game of golf and learn life
skills along the way."
Fifty Immokalee students take part in
The First Tee of Naples/Collier Program in
Immokalee, and 10 of those students with
top grades were to have participated in the
Inter-Club Challenge. However, with the
storm making morning travel from Immoka-
lee difficult and the delay in play, the students
were not able to participate. "We were all
disappointed the students could not be here,
and we look forward to having them join us
at next year's tournament," said Kevin T.
Johnson, tournament co-chair.
The First Tee of Naples/Collier Program in
Immokalee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organi-
zation dedicated to positively impacting the
lives of young people by teaching them nine
core values through the game of golf. Pro-
ceeds from the Inter-Club Challenge will help
support The Immokalee Foundation's seven
core programs, one of which is The First Tee
of Naples/Collier Program in Immokalee.
Other TIF programs are Take Stock in Chil-
dren Immokalee, College Success, Immoka-
lee Readers, Direct Scholarships, Vocational
Success and Community Grants.
The Immokalee Foundation, a 501 (c)(3)
nonprofit organization, is dedicated to build-
ing pathways to success for the children of
Immokalee by providing educational oppor-
tunities from early childhood through the
start of their professional lives through men-
torship, after-school activities, college schol-
arships, vocational skills and incentives for
educational growth. For more information,
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
I'm sure you've heard someone say,
"Be an angel and do this or that for me."
Well there's a new angel on the radar for
us these days, and it's simply called AN-
GEL. So, what is ANGEL? It's a web-based
course management and collaboration tool
that helps teachers, students, and parents
communicate and collaborate quickly, eas-
ily, and effectively. And this ANGEL gives
you the chance to have improved home-to-
school communication. With ANGEL you
can easily view classroom assignments or
course content information. You can get
info from your child's teacher using AN-
GEL. As a parent or guardian, you'll need
to create a CCPS account by completing
steps land 2 of the Parent Access regis-
tration form. The link to the site is http://
treg.asp. Once your account has been set
up, you'll get a confirmation e-mail that
asks you to answer several "challenge"
questions and then has you change your
password. When the account is active (up
and running) you'll want to ask for a "Stu-
dent Association" from your child's school.
It's all done through e-mail so you don't
have to drive to the school to get it. Once
the actual Student Association has been
approved (one for each student you have
in our school system), you'll receive an e-
mail confirming the access you now have.
Sounds like a lot, but the whole process just
take one business day to complete. And it'll
be worth it. Have questions about ANGEL?
All you have to do is get with Amy Hance in
./ rict Schoo7 the district office.
4 1 0 Amy's an Instruc-
7 Specialist and her
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CCollier Co' can do it the old
fashioned way by
calling Amy at 377-0433. I'm sure she'll be
an angel and will be happy to help you in
any way she is able. ANGEL has been used
for a few years now by colleges and uni-
versities; and here in our district, ANGEL
is the hot new thing for teachers, district
and school staff, and now you, the parent.
Hope you have fun with it.
Also want to let you know about lots of
parent stuff that you'll find on the school
district Web site at www.collierschools.
com. There's a menu item on top of the
home page simply labeled as "Parents"
with a nice graphic showing a happy fam-
ily. Click there and you'll find a ton of info
- enrollment information, various parent
forms, links to the Parent Guide in English,
Spanish, and Creole, a link to the Student
Code of Conduct, and more. From the Par-
ents page you can get to the Student Ser-
vices pages to learn about the "services"
available like psychological services, schol-
arships, driver's education, and the Safe
and Drug Free Schools program. And we're
not even scratching the surface again, a
ton of stuff for you that's hopefully easy
for you to find. As always, we'd appreciate
your input -your feedback about our Web
site. Just send an e-mail to input@collier.
kl2.fl.us. Happy surfing!
Special to the Okeechobee News/Dawn DiNardo
A men's foursome from Hideout Golf Club and a women's team from The Club at
Mediterra were first-place winners at the 2010 Charity Classic Inter-Club Chal-
lenge. Pictured (I to r) Bob Sullivan, Doug Truter, Joel Whittenhall and Harry
Boardsen along with golf pro Gene Fieger (not pictured); Ann Hildebrand, Kate
Riess, Patricia Vasys, Tricia Cowhig and golf pro Adam Bazalgette.
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is an
initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in
St. Augustine, at World Golf Village, home of
the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to
impact the lives of young people by provid-
ing learning facilities and educational pro-
grams that promote character development
and life-enhancing values through the game
of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First
Tee has introduced the game of golf and its
values to more than 3.5 million participants
in 50 states, over 3,400 elementary schools
and four international locations Canada,
Ireland, New Zealand and Singapore. For-
mer President George H. W Bush serves as
honorary chairman. The First Tee Founding
Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament,
PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA.
For information on The First Tee of Na-
ples/Collier Program in Immokalee, call 239-
825-4851 or visit www.thefirstteenaplescol-
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By Marylou Navarrete
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Thanks to a generous grant received by
The Education Foundation of Collier County
from Sweetbay Supermarkets, the Collier
County Department of Nutrition Services
provided the opportunity for enhanced nu-
trition education projects when schools all
over Collier County celebrated "Pineapple
Day" on April 15.
Students didn't just see pineapple on the
schools menu! While the celebration prom-
ised to be fun with a contest for most par-
ticipating school of decorations, pineapple
carvings, games, music, student involve-
ment, nutritious facts on pineapple, there
was of course, an educational element as
well. Classrooms used Reading, Art, Math
Science, and Writing activities to celebrate
this special day at their school.
The Immokalee High School's Nutrition
Service Manager, Jeannine Bunch, and her
staff did a wonderful job in making sure the
cafeteria, court yard, and front offices were
decorated with items related to Pineapple.
Theywent with a Luao theme and had every-
thing from pineapple carvings, yellow and
green balloons, streamers, pictures, posters,
pineapple recipes and nutrition facts posted
on the walls of the cafeteria.
The Art room teacher and students
helped with beautiful handmade paper
lanterns that were hung up throughout the
cafeteria and front offices. A Pineapple man
was even created out of hay and welcomed
all in the front of the school while fishing for
pineapples. Two games, a Pie Eating Contest
and Pineapple ring toss were available for
students to play during both lunches in the
court yard along with music being played
by some of the I.H.S. band students. Leis
were passed out to wear around the neck
for those who wore yellow shirts showing
their participation for the event.
Each school offered pineapple on the
breakfast and lunch menus to promote and
support the pineapple industry and healthy
eating. "Schools are the cornerstone of a
community. Sweetbay is proud to be heav-
ily involved in all of our communities. This
Pineapple Day project combines both our
commitment to unsurpassed produce and
the importance of health/wellness for stu-
dents throughout SW Florida," notes Nicole
LeBeau, Sweetbay Supermarket spokesper-
All of the schools that participated in
Pineapple Day did an awesome job. There
was an incredible support of the Principals,
teachers, and cafeteria staff in using Pineap-
ple Day as part of their educational compo-
nent, that the contest was extremely close.
The winners are: Elementary: (no specific
order) Avalon Elem., Big Cypress Elem.,
Laurel Oak Elem., Lely Elem., Mike Davis
Elem., Calusa Park Elem. (Honorable Men-
tion), Parkside Elementary (Honorable Men-
tion); Middle: Cypress Palm Middle, North
Naples Middle (Honorable Mention); High:
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Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Marylou Navarrete
I.H.S cafeteria staffers front row kneeling: Gloria, Maria, Corina, Marylou, Jean-
nine. In the back row standing Undreis, Ryan, Melissa, Sandra, and Kim posing
with Mr. Pineapple man while he fishes for pineapple in front of the school.
Immokalee High(Honorable Mention), Na-
ples High School; Best Combination: Ever-
glades City School.
The winners will be treated to a lunch re-
ception with their staff at the MLK Jr. Admin-
istrative Center in Naples, on Thursday, May
13. The Department of Nutrition Services
would like to thank all who participated and
the Education Foundation of Collier County
and Sweetbay Supermarkets for their gen-
erosity and assistance in making Pineapple
Day a success. Next year is the year of the
IHS 'kisses' seniors goodbye
The school year is nearing its end, and
now is the perfect time for you to show you
care for your 2010 Immokalee High School
(IHS) seniors. The IHS Key Club will hold
a "Kiss a Senior Goodbye" event on Mon-
day, May 10, at the school, located at 701
Immokalee Drive, in Immokalee. The Key
Club will be selling Hershey's Kisses for
$2 as a gift of appreciation to IHS senior
students. The kisses will be on sale during
both "A" and "B" lunch periods (10:46-
11:15 a.m. and 11:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.),
or they may be purchased from Key Club
sponsor Betty Kelly in the guidance office.
All proceeds from the sale will go to the
IHS Key Club so that they can start saving
for the Key Club Convention a gathering
of all the Key Clubs in Florida.
To learn more, please contact Mrs. Kelly
Education News in Brief
RCMA School Board
The RCMA School Board Meeting is sched-
uled for Monday, May 10. The meeting will
be held at the University of Florida Gulf Coast
Research & Education Center, 14625 C.R. 672,
Wimauma, Florida. The meeting begins at
12:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Concerns,
please call Maria Jimenez at 239-289-7995.
Kindergarten Round Up
Lake Trafford Elementary would like to an-
nounce the annual Kindergarten Round-Up.
We are inviting the parents of upcoming kin-
dergarteners and current Pre-K students to visit
Lake Trafford's campus on the following dates
and time: May 11 and 12, from 9-10 a.m.
Head Start program
now registering for fall
The Head Start Program is currently reg-
istering children for the upcoming 2010-11
school year. In order to be eligible for Head
Start, a child must be 4 years old by Sept. 1st
of the current year, and a family must meet
low income guidelines. When registering,
you must provide items including: Proof of in-
come, Certified birth certificate from vital sta-
tistics, Current shot records, Current physical
exam with hemoglobin results, Parent's pic-
ture ID, Medicaid/insurance card,- Two proofs
of residency (rental agreement, i .i iir, .'
water bill). Transportation must be provided
by parents. To learn more, please contact the
Head Start Office at 239-377-0590, or visit their
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Sanitation Rd, Immokalee, FL 34142.
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Stimulus funds used to encourage senior socializing
Collier County Housing and Human Ser-
vices Department is proud to participate in a
new senior event for Collier County the Sen-
sational Seniors May Celebration. The event
will be held at North Collier Regional Park
located at 15000 Livingston Rd. on Thursday,
May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Collier County's Public Services Division
is supporting this event organized by D &
D Events, a company which specializes in
free senior events to reach communities in
Southwest Florida. The Housing and Human
Services (HHS) Department will be provid-
ing FREE LUNCH at the event to an anticipat-
ed 200 seniors or more. Heidi Fahnestock,
who is the Housing and Human Services
Administrative Supervisor, manages the
county's free senior meal program and is
coordinating the meal service. Lunches are
grant-funded and designed to enhance the
social interactions of seniors in the local
The Collier County's Public Services Divi-
sion's HHS Department and Parks and Rec-
reation Department are excited to participate
in this resource-focused event.
"Seniors here are very active and looking
for ways to meet new friends and have fun
with their existing pals, so this is the perfect
way for them to connect here at North Col-
lier Regional Park," said Collier County Parks
and Recreation Director Barry Williams.
This event will feature more than 60 se-
nior-friendly exhibitor booths and will also
provide lively entertainment, information
from senior-themed businesses, prizes and
giveaways, and more. Radio station Sunny
106 will also be on hand from 11 a.m. until 1
p.m. with prizes and giveaways.
"In this economy, we all need to spend
our money as wisely as possible," said Dave
Kelly, President of Southwest Florida Senior
Productions. "We work hard to allow for
area seniors to have a free 'one-stop shop-
ping' experience in order to gather the in-
formation that they need to make smart
choices. Then we add a twist by making it
fun as well."
For more information about local senior
events or to inquire about booth space,
please contact Dave Kelly at 239-823-3542 or
visit: www.swfseniorproductions.com. For
an interview concerning the meal program,
contact Camden Smith at 239-252-5326 or
email her at: email@example.com.
Local athletes sign free agent contracts
Immokalee athletes continue to set the
bar high. Recently, two players from the
2004 State Champion Immokalee Indians
signed NFL Free Agent Contracts.
The good news for Immokalee football
fans came out after the 2010 NFL draft. Ja-
varris James is continuing to follow in his
cousin, Edgerrin James' path. He signed
with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent.
Edgerrin is currently a running back with
the Seattle Seahawks and also played for
the University of Miami.
Known as "Baby J" to his Immokalee
friends, Javarris signed with the Univer-
sity of Miami in 2005, while a senior at
Immokalee High School. At UM Javarris
is ranked eighth all time in career rushing
attempts with 402 for 1,670 yards. He also
started 23 of 34 career games.
IHS graduate Rodelin Anthony also
signed as a free agent recently. The wide
receiver/tight end for the University of Ne-
vada, Las Vegas Rebels will play for the Bal-
timore Ravens. Two other IHS players have
been with Anthony at UNLV: Renan Saint
Preux and Wiselet Rouzard (Immokalee
High 2004 Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete
award winner). Anthony caught 69 pass-
es for 1,002 yards in 41 career games. He
missed parts of his senior season with inju-
ries, including a concussion.
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Benefit Yard Sale
Immokalee Housing & Family Services (IHFS) will be hosting a community
yard sale on Saturday, May 8, from 8 a.m.-noon. This event is a fundraiser
to benefit the children of the Eden Park community. The site of sale will be
at the Carl J. Kuehner Community Center at Timber Ridge at 2726 Wilton
Ct., Immokalee. All earnings from the sale will be used by the IHFS School's
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enrichment materials and activities. Anyone with questions about the sale or
who would like to volunteer or donate items for the sale, please call the Com-
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Immokalee Bulletin May 6,2010
Kids bring musical Alladin play to Immokalee
News in Brief
The magic carpet, the genie and of
course the charmed boy, Alladin, are com-
ing to the stage of Immokalee Middle School
on consecutive Fridays, May 14 and 21.
Alladin is being produced by the students
of Immokalee Community School, a charter
school with grades kindergarten through six,
operated by Redlands Christian Migrant As-
sociation. The public is invited.
"This is a kid-produced show," says
dance instructor Patricia Vanderson, the
show's faculty advisor. "The kids produced
the props. The kids rehearsed the lines. The
kids helped with the costumes.
"There are no adults backstage."
Alladin is a singing-and-dancing musical
employing the Disney Broadway script and
following the story of the Alladin animated
The curtain rises at 7 p.m. each Friday.
Tickets are $5 in advance; $10 at the door.
Advance tickets may be purchased at RCMA
Immokalee Community School, 123 N. free vaccines
Fourth St., Immokalee. For information, call
Vanderson at 239-867-3220.
Alladin Performances: Immokalee Mid-
dle School, 401 N. Ninth St., Immokalee at
7 p.m. on Friday, May 14 and Friday, May
21. Admission is just $10 at the door; $5 in
advance at Immokalee Community School,
123 N. Fourth St. Immokalee.
The Collier County Health Department in
Immokalee is offering Tdap vaccine through
6/30/2010. Tdap protects against tetanus,
diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).
The following individuals are the target audi-
ence for a free one time dose of Tdap:
Individuals, both male and female adults
(not pregnant), in their child bearing years
who have not already received the Tdap.
Farm workers (under 65 years old) with
an injury who have not already received a
Tdap can receive the free dose of Tdap.
People under age 65 that work with or
around children daycaree, health care setting
etc.) should receive a one time dose of Tdap.
Anyone meeting the criteria above should
visit the Collier County Health Department
in Immokalee between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
before 6/30/10 to get the vaccine. The CCHD
is located at: 419 N. First Street, Immokalee.
Water utility payment
Collier County Social Services has received
a federal grant to help Collier County resi-
dents with their water utility bills. They are
able to assist with up to $300 per house-
hold and it is easy to qualify. To see if you
qualify, please contact Collier County Social
Services at 239-252-2696.
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The Genie, played by fourth-grader Lisa Guerrero (above left), tells Aladdin,
"Have a seat," as he prepares for a magic carpet ride. Fifth-grader Estaban Soto
plays Aladdin. Sixth-grader Kaleigh Garza (lower left), one of the magic carpet
operators, peeks out.
(Right photo) Fifth-grader Estaban Soto portrays Aladdin after he becomes
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