Vol. 43 No. 33
Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Bromelia Place Apartments to reopen to new residents
A safe place to call
After more than a year, Brome-
lia Place Apartments in Immokalee
will soon begin accepting new resi-
In the Aug. 6, 2009 edition of the
Immokalee Bulletin, it was report-
ed that the residents, all seniors
and many disabled, would have
to leave their homes at the brand
new senior residential facility due
to construction problems with
New programs to begin
at Community Center
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windows, a leaking roof and what
was reported by the previous own-
ers as being Chinese Drywall.
The 30 residents finally had
to pack up their belongings and
move onto other areas, some not
as well equipped to handle seniors
or disabled residents and some
were moved as far as Ohio for suit-
The company who owned the
apartment community at the time,
United Church Homes (UCH), a
ministry of the United Church of
Christ headquartered in Ohio, pre-
viously stated that the building was
tested for the presence of Chinese
Drywall on more than one occa-
sion and that the test had come
back positive for those conditions
forcing them to move all residents
out as of Aug. 31 of 2009 for health
That was a lot for the residents
to take considering they had not
been in their new homes long be-
fore all of this occurred. The build-
ing had originally been under con-
struction for over three years due
to extensive rezoning and planning
while the residents waited patient-
ly to move in. The homes were
finally opened to new residents in
December 2007 and they filled to
capacity soon after opening.
The former owners contacted
State Senator Bill Nelson's legisla-
tive aide, local civic leaders includ-
ing Fred Thomas and also contacts
were made to the offices of Mario
Diaz-Balart and Matt Hudson to
make an appeal for emergency
federal funding to have the build-
ing torn down and rebuilt with
these funds and to provide tem-
porary assistance to residents of
the building during reconstruc-
tion citing the problems stemming
from Chinese Drywall. Their pleas
were to no avail to have the build-
ing torn down with the economic
downturn fueling a lack of avail-
able housing funds.
Since the time after residents
were told that they would need to
be relocated into other living ar-
rangements, all 30 residents have
been resettled for some time now.
See APTS Page 2
In-Kind Donations: Deputies buy Class size hearing date set
supplies for Immokalee kids
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/CCSO
CCSO Cpl. Raley, and other members of CCSO's Immokalee
Focus Team, pooled their own money to purchase school sup-
plies given to children living in the Sanders Pines subdivision.
The kids also received other items just for fun including CCSO
Frisbees, beach balls and stickers as well as free ICEE drink
A group of Immokalee children lier County Sheriff's Office depu-
living on Sanders Pines Circle are
now ready to go back to school, ties.
thanks to the initiative of three Col- See KIDS Page 2
Parents and any community
member wishing to learn about
and comment on the School Dis-
trict of Collier County's plan to
comply with the Class Size Reduc-
tion will have that opportunity. The
School Board will hold a public
hearing on the plan at 6 p.m. on
Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. Administrative
Center, 5775 Osceola Trail (behind
Barron Collier High School). This
second public hearing on the plan
is being held in the evening so as to
make it convenient for parents and
See CLASS Page 2
Children from the School's Out Enrichment Program join to-
gether in front of a science project done with paper mache.
From left to right are: Abigail Aguilar, Mariana Brito, Katya Cer-
vantes, Linda Gomez, Melanie Trejo, Carlos Brito, Dwayne Gon-
zalez, front row: Gabriel Aguilar.
For more color photos, please see page 8.
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A local housing facility at Arrowhead-Crest-
view Apartments even opened three of their
unoccupied buildings to provide new living
space for the residents in need,
The apartment building was sold by for-
mer owners, United Church Homes (UCH)
to a private entity, Kipling Capital, LP, with
principle partner, Jack Bachmann of Naples.
In speaking with Mr. Bachmann, he disclosed
that he and his partners purchased the prop-
erty from the UCH, signing a contract on the
property in Dec. 2009 and in completing the
dudiligence before the closing four months
later in April 2010, he also had the building
inspected repeatedly, for what he was told
was Chinese Drywall. He stated that Cheryl
Wickersham, project manager of the build-
ing and community belonging to UCH told
him that the building was affected by Chi-
nese drywall among its other problems.
"The previous reports of the presence of
Chinese Drywall are completely false," stat-
ed Mr. Bachmann. "There were also no roof
problems with the buildings and the build-
ings were given a clean, safe bill of health by
the Collier County Inspector and also by the
County Fire Inspector as well," he said.
The test for the conditions attributed to
the problematic material came back as be-
ing negative each time tested. In addition,
Mr. Bachmann stated that Chinese Drywall
has a thickness of one-half inch and the dry-
wall installed in the building being 5/8 inches
thick. It was also found that when some of
the drywall in the building was removed, the
A new sign is forthcoming to replace this sign at Bromelia Place Apartments in
Immokalee. The community is no longer owned and operated by United Church
Homes a non-profit organization headquartered in Ohio. Kipling Capital, LP, a
tax-credit property management group from Naples has completed necessary
repairs to ill-fitting windows installed by a Miami contractor and will reopen to
residents on Sept. 1.
A spacious community center awaits
new residents for community gather-
ings and events. The open space of
the center will accommodate the resi-
dents and guests. The buildings have
newly fitted windows and inspections
have been completed.
product stamp on the drywall was one of a
local manufacturer, not from China.
The reconstruction consisted of major
changes in the windows and corrective rein-
stallation of all windows. It was found by the
inspector that the original windows were ill-
fitting causing the mold problems and that
they would need to be replaced or refitted
before the sale was made.
Bromelia Place Apartments has now
completed all reconstruction and is ready
for occupancy on Sept. 1. Bromelia Place
consists of 28-one bedroom and just-two -
two bedrooms apartments for low income
elderly, 62 and older, and disabled people of
any age. For more information on the facil-
ity, please call 239-657-3000.
Continued From Page 1
Sgt. Steven Dodson, Cpl. Stephen Black-
well and Cpl. Maria Raley visited the kids
living at the Sanders Pines housing complex
on Aug. 14. The deputies didn't come empty
Sgt. Dodson, Cpl. Blackwell and Cpl. Ra-
ley, who are members of CCSO's Immoka-
lee Focus Team, pooled their own money to
purchase school supplies, which they gave
to the children. The kids also received CCSO
Frisbees, beach balls and stickers as well as
free ICEE drink coupons offered through the
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"The reaction of the kids and feedback
is priceless," said Sgt. Dodson. "Giving back
to the community is something we all take
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the kids far outweighs any costs."
This was the first time the deputies do-
nated school supplies to the kids at Sand-
ers Pines. A few years ago, Cpl. Raley im-
plemented a Christmas toy drive with the
Immokalee deputies working the afternoon
shift. The deputies decided to also do some-
thing to help kids receive the necessary sup-
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community members to attend.
The Class Size Reduction Amendment
to the Florida Constitution was approved
by voters in 2002. Amendment 8, which will
appear on the November General Election
Ballot, would amend the language of the
original amendment. It will be discussed at
the hearing as well.
The content of the district's plan will be
posted on the district Web site at: www.
collierschools.com. A hard copy may be ob-
tained from the district's Communications
News Editor: Patty Brant
Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton
Advertising Director: Judy Kasten
Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers
Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee
Publisher: Tom Byrd
Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken
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Mobility: Key to successful future for Immokalee
by Patty Brant
Most of us rarely think about how we get
from here to there. Our paths become en-
grained and we get so used to being able to
move about in our normal patterns that we
just don't need to think about it until some-
thing happens to obstruct those paths.
There are those in Collier County whose
job it is to ensure that transportation not
only flows freely every day, but will continue
to do so for the foreseeable future. Plan-
ning for future transportation needs means
a lot more than just roads. It includes vari-
ous modes of transportation, placement of
resources, consideration of environmental
factors and even energy conservation. The
plan will dictate where best to locate people
The county is looking to see where and
how infrastructure serves travel needs
throughout the county; where it works;
where it does not; and what the needs of the
future will be.
The Collier County Vision Build Out Plan
(VBOP) is the plan that will guide the county
in "the need and location of land use, pub-
lic services (libraries, EMS, schools, etc.),
multi-modal transportation and various in-
frastructure." It will do all this while protect-
ing Collier's valuable environmental assets.
It is growth management with respect to
Collier County is using $600,000 in grant
monies to formulate its plan over an 18-
month time period.
As the plan emerges, staff will incorpo-
rate concepts into growth management
plans to guide the county in its land develop-
If the county can place public servic-
es where people can best access them,
planned development will reduce miles
travelled which will, in turn, help keep traffic
Claudine Auclair from County Growth
Management discusses the impor-
tance of transportation meeting the
needs of residents before any growth
progress is made.
moving freely, shorten trips and reduce fuel
Fred Thomas has pointed out that most
trips are around town. The right Master Mo-
bility Plan can help people plan their trips to
make the most of their time, fuel and other
Figures show that there are some eight
million miles travelled each day in Collier
County, including two million miles in rural
areas like Immokalee.
Collier County is formulating a Master
Mobility Plan to reduce vehicle miles trav-
eled through multi-modal transportation
Claudine Auclair from Growth Manage-
ment of Collier County said that 90 percent
of all growth issues are related to transporta-
tion, requiring input from all county agen-
cies, schools, emergency agencies, etc., to
even begin to make any progress. The ques-
tion is, in 2060-65 where will we be?
Mike Ellis of the Collier County Health Department, Edward "Ski" Oleski and
District 5 Commissioner Jim Coletta discuss various aspects of Immokalee's
The concept of a Master Mobility Plan has
been approved by the county commission,
but a final plan has yet to be approved.
Ms. Auclair said the county's fast track
permit process will help implement the final
mobility plan throughout the county.
As well as decreasing the ground vehicu-
lar miles traveled, airports are important
components in the plan. The Immokalee
Airport, as well as the other county airports
are key points in such a plan, opening doors
to attractions and destinations throughout
The county is seeking FDOT funds to in-
clude Immokalee airport on the Strategic In-
termodal System so it can then identify fed-
eral grants to expand the county's airports.
The final plan could include a jail and
county center for Immokalee, saving many
trips from the eastern side of the county to
Of course, an effective mobility plan will
have to consider traffic coming into Collier
from neighboring counties. Surrounding
counties and stakeholders have been invited
to participate in the process. All of this will
take a lot of planning in a county this size.
Just how big a part does energy play in
The search for the fuel of the future is
complicated and many-faceted. Considering
the implications of the world's dependence
on fossil fuel and the quest for a clean, re-
newable and affordable substitute, it plays
quite a big part, indeed.
Wildlife crossings and habitat preserva-
tion must also be included in any Master
Mobility Plan, as well, to protect Collier's
valuable natural wonders.
A PublicAlternatives Workshop is planned
for early 2011 to analyze ideas for a Central
and/or Eastern alternatives. A proposed SR
29 alternative and no-build alternative will
also be set forth at the workshop.
Weather forecast for Collier County from
the National Weather Service
Thursday: Scattered showers and thun-
derstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny and
hot, with a high near 95. Light east wind.
Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Thursday night: Isolated showers and
thunderstorms before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 75. Calm wind. Chance
of precipitation is 20 percent.
Friday: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Partly cloudy, with a high near 93.
Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is
Friday night: Isolated showers and
thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low
around 78. East wind between 3 and 5 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thun-
derstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high near
92. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 78.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thun-
derstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high near
92. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Sunday night: Scattered showers and
thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low
around 76. Chance of precipitation is 30
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Immokalee Bulletin August 26, 2010
Education News in Brief
Back for another year!
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
The new school year is well
underway off to a great start. .4rct
Our 42,000+ students are back
in the classrooms of an "A"
school district a second year 4
in a row. They were greeted
on Monday by 3,000 smiling, -- ,
enthusiastic teachers, ready to "
satisfy each student's thirst for
knowledge. Lake Trafford El-
ementary School Principal, Dr.
Robert Murray, says, "There C'0ll1
was an excitement in the air
with students that we have not
seen at Lake Trafford in the past. We have
our new banner with our 'Gator' mascot
announcing 'You are entering a Haven for
Learning and Understanding' which all par-
ents and students pass under when entering
According to Dr. Murray, "The really cool
thing about this past Monday is that our stu-
dents were on time and we had almost all
of the students that we were expecting on
the first day. In past years, we've had about
60 percent of our students show up on the
first day. And we know that the students
and parents were ready as we had nearly
100 percent of our students in uniform on
the first day. The faculty is committed and
student-centered, as I watched every child
be greeted as they entered the school and
Principal Murray concludes by saying,
"What I saw today was very exciting and I
look forward to a tremendous school year."
The district office
c oo was represented at all 50
Schoj schools, including the two
Q "It was a wonderful day
at Eden Park Elementary
School," says Chief Admin-
istrative Officer Mary Ann
Gemmill who spent the
morning with Principal Mel-
ba Meriwether. "Teachers
there returned a week ear-
el" Co i lier than their counterparts,
so they were more than
ready and students looked
as if they'd been in school for weeks, they
were so comfortable and so happy," says
Gemmill. "It was an unbelievably smooth
first day, totally seamless."
The same story applies to each Immoka-
What's next? School open houses for the
rest of our schools, and in some cases what
we call curriculum nights always a good
way to become comfortable with your child's
school, and to learn what he or she will be
learning during the course of the school year.
To find out when your school's big event is
being held, just go to the home page of the
district Web site www.collierschools.com.
You can't miss the Open House Information
link we've got at the top of the page, in the
Looking For area. We hope to see you at a
school near you sometime soon.
English and GED classes
Get ready for a new year of Adult English
and GED classes at ITech! Monday, Aug. 30,
starts ELL registration for returning students
only. Report to the auditorium at 6 p.m. On
Tuesday, Sept. 7, new students can begin
signing up at 6 p.m. in the office for New
Student Orientations that will begin on Mon-
day, Sept. 13, ABE/GED/VPI registrations will
begin in the GED room 1-205 on Monday,
Aug. 30. See you there!
VPK Program Site
Immokalee Community Park
321 North 1st Street, 239-657-4449 www.
Collier County Parks and Recreation is
offering a new voluntary pre-kingarten pro-
gram (VPK) at four community parks begin-
ning Aug. 30.
The VPK program helps children reach
their full potential and prepare for their up-
coming year of kindergarten. The program
promotes literacy and reading through an
age-appropriate curriculum led by qualified
instructors in a manageable class size.
The VPK program is FREE for all children
who live in Florida and are 4 years old on or
before Sept. 1.
The county's VPK program is licensed
by the Florida Department of Children and
Voucher eligibility site:
RCMA (Redlands Christian Migrant Asso-
402 West Main Street, Building C
Immokalee, 239-658-3567. Hours are
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. 5
Services available: CCRR, SR, VPK
Friday night football
For safety reasons, the Collier County
Sheriff's Office will not permit parking on
Immokalee Drive. Parking will be at the high
school or on the field area. Friday night it's
the Indians vs. the LaBelle Cowboys at 7
fall classes to start soon
The School District of Collier County is
ready for another session of its Adult and
Community Education program. Classes for
the "Fall 1" Session begin the week of Sept.
With school now underway, it's the per-
fect time to join in on the learning. So if
you're looking to create a masterpiece, im-
prove your computer skills, learn a foreign
language, or simply want to try something
new, make sure to enroll in the "Fall 1" ses-
sion of the Adult and Community Education
program. These topics are just a few exam-
ples of classes offered; additionally, there are
over 400 teacher-facilitated online courses.
Schedules are available at all public librar-
ies, tax and driver license offices, Publix and
Sweetbay grocery stores, and on the Web
at www.collieradulted.com. To learn more,
please call 239-377-1234.
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August 26, 2010 Immokalee Bulletin
District updates nutrition
As schools across the School District of
Collier County prepare to open their doors
for the 2010-11 school year, the district's
Nutrition Services Department would like to
share some of its latest information.
Lunch prices will remain the same. El-
ementary school students will continue to
pay $2; secondary students $2.25, and adults
$3. Families who qualify to receive meals at
reduced price will be served at no charge.
Each meal comes with an entree, up to two
sides, and milk.
As always, breakfast will be served at no
charge to all students and to adults for $1.50.
Children who eat a healthy nutritious break-
fast have been shown to have significantly
higher standardized achievement test scores
than children who do not eat breakfast.
The district has received nine grants
awarded by the Department of Education
for participation in the United States Depart-
ment of Agriculture's (USDA) Fresh Fruit and
Vegetable Program. The Fresh Fruit and Veg-
etable program will be implemented in nine
(low socio economic) elementary schools.
The purpose of the program is to provide
free fresh fruits and vegetables to students
during the school day. The goal is to encour-
age students to eat more fresh fruits and
vegetables, and to expose students to new
varieties of fruits and vegetables. In addition,
nutrition education will be incorporated into
Free and reduced-priced meal applica-
tions will be available both in paper form
and electronically. Meal applications can be
obtained at your child's school the first day
of classes. Electronic applications are avail-
able by visiting the school district's Web site
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schools.com/lfserver/EFORM_SPA. If you
do not have access to the internet, you can
call 239-377-0298 and your information will
be taken by phone. Applications submitted
electronically can be processed within 48
hours. Information or assistance with meal
applications can be obtained by calling 239-
Parents may also visit hi,|- I' ,i', ', -
com/HomePage.aspx and make secure on-
line prepayments to meal accounts. In ad-
dition, parents will be able to view student
balances and transaction history. Once an
account is established, parents will receive
e-mail notifications when a student's meal
account balance runs low.
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A place for little ones
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The School District of Collier County's
Adult and Community Education Depart-
ment announces a new class specifically
designed for Apple iPhone users. This
course will teach tips and tricks to make
using your iPhone easy, fun, and reward-
ing. Class will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
on six consecutive Tuesdays, beginning
Sept. 7, in room 725 at Barron Collier High
School (5600 Cougar Drive).
The iPhone is a versatile tool with a
surprising number of applications (apps).
This class will help you set up the default
apps that come with the iPhone as well
as the best apps that are free, or inexpen-
sive, and most helpful and useful to you.
Learn how to set up email, use GPS, shoot
high-definition (HD) video to store, send as
email, or post online; get a Wi-Fi connec-
tion, and even watch movies or TV shows.
You'll also learn how to save battery life
and decrease frequency of charging.
Registration takes place at the begin-
ning of the first class. Cost is $69. To learn
more about this brand new course offering,
and for additional information about other
Adult and Community Education classes,
please call 239-377-1234 or visit their Web
site at www.collieradulted.com.
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Summerfest is over CCSO plans again for next year
It's the end of Summerfest. At least for
The most ambitious youth activities ex-
travaganza in Collier County Sheriff's Office
history is now a happy summertime mem-
ory in the minds of the tens of thousand of
kids and teens, as well as the deputies, who
Plans for next year's Summerfest are al-
ready under way.
"Our first Summerfest was big fun and
a big success," said Collier County Sheriff
Kevin J. Rambosk. "With the help of our
many community partners we were able to
provide kids of all ages with fun activities in a
safe environment over the summer."
CCSO and Sheriff Rambosk celebrated
Summerfest 2010 with a boat regatta on
Lake Avalon at Sugden Regional Park in
East Naples on Friday. The regatta featured
wooden rowboats and the kids and teens
who crafted them as part of the Build-A-
Boat program, as well as representatives of
CCSO's community partners in the program,
the Marine Industries Association of Collier
County Foundation and Florida Community
In partnership with the Collier County
School District and some 200 supportive
businesses and community members, Sum-
merfest tapped CCSO Youth Relations Bu-
reau deputies out of school to do what they
do best interact with kids. This reallocation
allowed CCSO to expand its summer youth
offerings without additional costs to the
Deputies recorded more than 50,000
youth contacts during the course of the
CCSO Summerfest programs.
"That's a remarkable number when you
consider there are 42,000 kids in the Collier
County School District," Sheriff Rambosk
All summer long CCSO offered at least
one activity, and in many cases as many as
three activities, scheduled on every weekday.
Activities ranged from fishing to boat build-
ing and from open gyms to free movies.
Here's a look back at Summerfest activi-
Fishing: More than 500 youngsters from
the Boys and Girls Club cast lines and baited
hooks off the Naples Pier and at Lake Traf-
ford. For some, it was their first time fishing.
The program, which ran four days a week,
was a partnership between the City of Na-
ples, Boys and Girls Club and CCSO.
Free Movies: Nearly 11,000 youngsters
turned out for free movies at the Hollywood
20 theater in North Naples and Naples
Towne Center in East Naples on designated
D.E.P.U.T.Y. Club: Nearly 1,000 students
in first grade to fifth grade learned about bi-
cycle safety and fire safety and took field trips
to Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, King Richard's Family
Fun Park and Naples Zoo among other activ-
ities. The program was offered Wednesdays
for six weeks at St. Katherine Greek Ortho-
dox Church in North Naples. Transportation
was provided for children in the Immokalee
and Everglades City areas.
Build-A-Boat: Forty-eight youngsters
built four wooden rowboats, while learn-
ing about water safety and interacting with
deputies during this 40-hour program. Two
teams worked together to build two boats at
Palmetto Ridge High School in Golden Gate
Estates in June. Teams also crafted boats in
Everglades City in July and at the Immokalee
I-Tech Center in August.
Golden Gate Middle School Camp:
An estimated 700 middle-schoolers par-
ticipated in the camp, which ran five days a
week. The kids learned how to properly play
different sports as well as about values and
being a good citizen.
Open Gym: Around 550 teens partici-
pated in open gymnasiums at Lely, Palmetto
Ridge and Golden Gate high schools. The
gyms were set up to allow the teens to have
supervised recreation and interaction with
Hot Summer Nights: More than 3,500
kids of all ages turned out on Tuesday and
Friday nights for a wide range of activities at
parks across the county. Activities included
movies, water gun fights, inflatable water
slide, basketball and swimming.
Teen Academy: Thirty-two high school
juniors participated in this one-week pro-
gram in June. Academy participants are
hand selected from referrals by our Youth
Relations deputies. The program is designed
to educate these selected youth on aspects
of Collier County.
Teen Drivers Challenge: Twenty-five
newly licensed teenage drivers partnered
with deputies to learn driving skills and laws,
both in the classroom and through hands-
Boys And Girls Clubs: CCSO Youth
Relations Deputies assisted the employees
of the Boys and Girls Club in Naples and
Immokalee, where around 28,000 Naples
youth and 4,900 Immokalee youth attended
during the summer. Youth Relations depu-
ties participated in activities with the kids,
accompanied them on field trips and gave
Parks And Recreation: More than 300
elementary- and middle-schoolers attended
presentations by Youth Relations deputies
on such topics as bullying, peer pressure,
substance abuse, school safety, gangs, and
Fall programs in progress at
Timber Ridge Community Center
Starting Aug. 23, the first day of school,
Immokalee Housing & Family Services
(IHFS) intends to serve more residents of
the Eden Park community than ever before
with high quality social and educational pro-
grams. The completion of the Carl J. Kue-
hner Community Center at Timber Ridge
in December of 2008 has enabled IHFS to
open its doors to the expansion of programs
such as the Early Beginnings, Adult Literacy,
iTeens Youth Program, School's Out Enrich-
ment Program and Community Gardening.
Registration for all of these programs and
more is taking place this month and next at
the community center.
Early Beginnings takes place Monday
through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the community center and is one of four
components of IHFS' family literacy model
offered in partnership with the Collier Coun-
ty Public Schools. Each component is meant
to stand alone and can be attended sepa-
rately or as a whole. The Early Beginnings
program serves children ages 2-5 years with
an early childhood education curriculum
that focuses on kindergarten readiness and
developmentally appropriate growth: ensur-
ing that all the children are achieving at or
above their developmental level. The family
literacy model also includes our Adult Liter-
acy and/or GED classes which are available
both during the day and in the evening to
help the parents of our community develop
their English literacy skills. This helps them
not only in their day to day lives, but helps
them be their children's best teacher. These
skills and more are cultivated in the next
component of the family literacy model:
Parent and Child Interactive Literacy Activity
(ILA). Parenting classes will also be offered
to the community beginning in the fall.
After School Enrichment Program's pro-
gramming that began on Aug. 23, at 2:30
p.m. and operates until 6:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday, for students from the Eden
Park community. IHFS will be offering strong
academic support and leadership in reading,
math, and computer skills.
They will also offer enrichment activities
through partnerships with other agencies,
including 4-H of Collier County, The First
Tee Naples/Collier, Girl Scouts of America,
Immokalee Foundation, Collier County Pub-
lic Library, and the Ronald McDonald Care
The iTeens Youth Program, for grades
7-12, begins at 3 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, with occasional
weekend events and field trips. The purpose
of the program is to provide opportunities
for youth to create, plan, and implement
programs, and to design and develop proj-
ects and special events that will be of benefit
to their peers, the community, and to them-
selves as individuals.
Teens participating in this program are
encouraged to take an interest in their per-
sonal growth and development, and to real-
ize their potential leadership ability and role
as responsible young adults.
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Immokalee kids enjoy Summer Enrichment Programs
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/IHFS
Angelica Garcia in the photo on the left shows off the potato plants grown in the School's Out Science Room. Dieulerne Deceus (top with hat) discovers different
cultures during a summer field trip with the School's Out Enrichment Program and below, Dwayne Gonzalez and Daniel Trejo explore their creativity in the School's
Out Enrichment Program using paint and colors. Amy Ramirez and Claudia Lopez-Gomez get in some computer time and practice their early literacy skills dur-
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Health Dept. offers back-to-
school health and safety tips
TALLAHASSEE-As summer break
comes to a close and children return to
school, the Florida Department of Health
encourages parents to make sure preventa-
tive health measures are included on their
child's back-to-school checklist.
"Keeping students healthy and safe will
give them the best chance to succeed in
school," said State Surgeon General Ana
M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H. The state of
Florida offers KidCare, a health insurance
program for children from birth through
age 18. Children can be eligible even if
one or both parents are working. Children
covered by Florida KidCare are eligible for
comprehensive health care, including sports
physical, doctor visits, check-ups, immu-
nizations, surgery, prescriptions, vision and
hearing screenings, mental health care, den-
tal check-ups and hospital stays. Students
with access to these and other preventative
health care services are likely to be healthier
and perform better in school.
"No child in Florida should have to be
without health care," said Joe Chiaro, M.D.,
Deputy Secretary for Children's Medical Ser-
vices. The Department of Health also sug-
gests parents prepare their children for these
other back-to-school activities:
Parents should speak with their children
about safely traveling to and from school,
which includes planning safe routes, re-
minding them to stay on the sidewalk or in
the bicycle lane and cross the street only at
designated crosswalks, and showing them
how to properly wear a bicycle helmet if
they are biking to school.
Many of Florida's students spend recess
or physical education time outdoors. Parents
should put sunscreen on their children in the
morning, or send it to school with their child
so they can apply it before playing outdoors
so they can be protected from sun exposure.
It is recommended to use a sunscreen that
protects against both UVA and UVB rays and
has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or
Healthy eating, adequate physical activity
and good sleep patterns are instrumental to
student's success in school.
The mission of the Florida Department of
Health is to promote, protect and improve
the health of all people in Florida. For more
information about KidCare, visit www.Flor-
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