Vol. 43 No. 46
Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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More than 90 volunteers including David Granfield (yellow shirt)
and Jim Rice (front) join in to help serve a Thanksgiving feast
at the 28th Annual "Thanksgiving in the Park" event held last
Thursday. Volunteers served up some 3,000 piping hot meals
that included turkey, vegetables and desserts. For more photos,
see page 8.
Thanksgiving in the
Park serves thousands
By D. Hamilton
More than 100 people were al-
ready in line hours before the food
was ready to be served at the 28th
Annual Thanksgiving in the Park
held last Thursday. After months
of preparation and hours of set up,
more than 3,000 hungry people
turned out to enjoy the holiday
The meal is the end result of the
efforts of more than 90 volunteers
working with the Guadalupe Cen-
ter in collaboration with Moorings
Presbyterian Church and other or-
David Granfield of Naples is a
fourth year volunteer.
"I make it my annual Thanks-
giving tradition," he said. "People
out there who are able and willing
to serve felt blessed to help. It is a
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PACE girls receive
and Farmers Market
provide yet another
reason to give thanks
PACE girls have a lot to be
thankful about this holiday season
thanks to the Seminole Casino and
the Farmers Market in Immokalee.
Knowing that many of our girls
would go without a traditional
Thanksgiving meal, they reached
out to help.
The Seminole Casino gra-
ciously donated fifty turkeys to the
families of PACE girls. One of the
owners of the Farmers Market do-
nated fresh vegetables for both tl
Center's Thanksgiving celebratic
and enough for all the girls to tal
home to their family.
The turkeys and vegetable
were delivered to the homes
our girls by staff on Monday an
Tuesday of last week. Many could
not believe the generosity and grn
ciously accepted what they would
otherwise go without.
Executive Director Marianr
Kearns could not be happier 1
have the support of the commit
"We are proud to provide ft
our girls and are blessed to ser\
in a community that feels the sarr
way. The Seminole Casino an
Farmers Market went above an
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Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/PACE Center
A special surprise holiday gift came to 50 PACE Center girls
for the Thanksgiving holiday.The Seminole Casino and local
Farmer's Market pitched in to provide turkeys for families in
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wonderful experience and I was so glad that
my son who came in from Chicago this year
for Thanksgiving could join in for the first
time and help."
Mr. Granfield stated that the efforts to
bring the event together were a "streamlined
operation," fueled by a desire to help by all
who volunteered. He said that he plans to
"keep the tradition."
Volunteers worked all day on Wednes-
day in shifts of two hours to remove freshly
roasted turkey from the carcasses of more
than 200 donated turkeys; prepare more
than 1,000 pounds of green beans, mash
over 800 pounds of potatoes; not to men-
tion the unloading and slicing of over 500
pies and desserts. The dinner also included
more than 40 quarts of salsa and thousands
of tortillas served instead of bread.
Pots, pans and utensils were brought to-
gether by event organizers, Jim and Cathy
Shannon, on loan from various sources in-
cluding the Guadalupe Center and the kitch-
en from Moorings Presbyterian Church.
Some 250 dinners were delivered early to
those who were not physically able to come
to the event.
The Immokalee High School BETA Club
members helped out by unloading food
from the refrigerated truck on loan from the
Harry Chapin Food Bank. The group of high
schoolers also helped with set up.
The aroma of the feast being prepared
brought more than 1,000 to wait near the Join The Shelter in holiday merry-making
pavilion by 11 a.m. and thousands more
came out as the day progressed to enjoy the Make it a merry holiday season donate *Adult clothing (all sizes)
day with family and friends, new, non-violent toys and gift items to The Children's clothing (all sizes especially
Shelter for Abused Women & Children for teen boys)
h- M program participants of all ages. Shoes (boys, girls, men, women)
"Through community support, The Shel Purses and wallets
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Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Craig
An outstretched hand of a volunteer is
just one of many that helped to serve
the more than 3,000 who turned out
to enjoy Thanksgiving in the Park last
Thursday. Volunteers helped to pro-
vide ample feast and beverages.
CC SO: Attention online shoppers
Tired of driving from one crowded park-
ing lot to the next, standing in long lines at
the cash registers and fighting over that last
Nintendo Wii on the shelf with five other
Thanks to the World Wide Web, the
bulk of your shopping can be done on-
line. You can even have your orders gift
wrapped. With the added convenience of
shopping online, you need to know how to
protect your bank account and identity.
Here are some good pointers to help
keep your personal information safe:
Use companies you know.
When making purchases online, make
sure the Web site you are using is secured
with "https://www..." in the URL and make
certain the padlock symbol is on the bot-
tom of your browser.
Read the company's privacy statement
carefully. Will they sell your personal infor-
mation to other companies?
Trust your instincts. If something doesn't
seem right, then it probably isn't.
Limit the amount of personal informa-
tion you give out and print all online re-
Consider obtaining a credit card that
you use only when shopping online to eas-
ily keep track of all your purchases.
If possible, call in your order.
Notify the issuer if your credit card is lost
Lr tcanl le p ensure a sa e, peacelUl allu Joy-
ful holiday season for hundreds of children,
women, men and their pets," Volunteer &
Resource Coordinator Rebecca Grabau.
Needed for the holidays are new gift
Non-violent toys, games and batteries
Dolls (all ethnicities)
Non-violent CDs and DVDs
Non-violent video games
Non-violent books for adults and chil-
Baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls,
Portable CD players, MP3 players
25th year of fun in the snow!
Join us for fun in the snow on Satur-
day, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Col-
lier County Parks and Recreation will host
Snowfest welcoming more than 15,000
people who want to see snow in Florida.
No matter what the "real" weather is that
day, snow will be in the forecast to cel-
ebrate the winter holiday.
Gate Admission: $1 per person, 3 and
under free. Parking: Calusa Park Elemen-
tary, 4600 Santa Barbara Blvd. Berkshire
Commons at Radio Rd. & Santa Barbara
Blvd. *Shuttles FREE to the event*
For information visit www.snowfest-
naples.com or call 239-252-4000.
Santa Claus will sprinkle holiday spirit
with his elves as children enjoy 100 tons
Celebrate the winter holidays and en-
joy toboggan snow hills, ice skating rink,
Santa's workshop, festive foods and a full
scale carnival have established SNOW-
FEST as a popular family event over the
past 24 years.
Gitt sets bath & body scrubs, lotions,
Hair brushes, hair dryers and accesso-
PJs for adults and children (all sizes)
8 Gift cards to Target, Payless Shoes, Wal-
mart, Coastland Center Mall, etc.
Phone cards and gasoline cards
To coordinate a Donation Drive, or for
more information on The Shelter's holi-
day needs, please call 239-775-3862, ext.
235, or email Rgrabau@naplesshelter.org.
Donations should be dropped at the back
warehouse of The Shelter's Options Thrift
Shoppe, 968 Second Avenue N, Naples,
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chamber to host
Inaugural Turkey Shoot
An Inaugural Turkey Shoot will be held
on Dec. 18, from 1-4 p.m. at the Collier
County Sheriff's Training Range, Oil Well
Grade Road. Admission is $10, includes
lunch and 3 shots. Adult and Kids (12 and
up). Partial proceeds will benefit Cham-
ber Scholarship Fund. For admission tick-
ets or information, contact Eastern Collier
Chamber of Commerce at 239-657-3237
or Jay Roth at 239-293-7555.
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beyond to make sure the spirit of giving was
alive and well this Thanksgiving holiday.
"The PACE Center for Girls, Collier at
Immokalee is a community-based, gender-
responsive prevention and academic pro-
gram that provides girls and young women
with an opportunity for a better future
through education, counseling, training and
advocacy. For more information about PACE
Center for Girls and how you can help make
a difference in these girls' lives, please con-
tact Marianne Kearns at 239-377-9860 or visit
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December 2, 2010
Parents have allies against gangs Letters to the Editor
By Patty Brant
Parents are locked in a winner-take-all
struggle against gangs. The "prize" is the
health safety and future of their children.
According to Investigator Gene Meek,
Immokalee itself is home to six gangs, with
200-250 members. He said, in his time in the
field, the youngest gang member he's en-
countered was 11 years old.
The mission of the Collier County Sheriff's
Office Gang Unit is to locate and investigate
possible gangs, and to inform the public of
the dangers gangs harbor for their children.
Investigator Meek has five years of experi-
ence dealing with gangs in Collier County.
Sharing that experience with parents, teach-
ers and others who are responsible for youth
is a large part of what he and his colleagues
do. Recently, he spoke to a large group of
civic leaders about this growing problem.
In order to discourage juveniles from
joining gangs, Investigator Meek and his col-
leagues work to identify potential members
in schools. One way they do that is by taking
note of items clearly connected with gangs,
such as colors and graffiti. Schools are natu-
ral havens for gang recruiters because they
are full of targets.
Target kids are those with low self es-
teem; kids with time on their hands; kids
with minimal parental supervision. Make
your kids talk, he said, don't give them an
option. It may be tough to get a real con-
versation started, but it's the only way to get
real communication with your child.
Gangs are now social groups. It's amaz-
ing what kids will put on their My Space and
Facebook pages, so it's important that par-
ents check them. Don't think of it as an inva-
sion of their privacy. These are children in
need of guidance. If the adults in their lives
don't provide it, gang members will, Inv.
If your child has unexplained bruises and
has stopped talking to you, he or she may
be in a gang. You should look for gang indi-
cators like tattoos, clothes and terminology.
graffiti on their books and even their bed-
The best way children can protect them-
selves against being taken advantage of by
gangs is to communicate with their parents,
Investigtor Meek said. If they're being pres-
sured, they need to discuss their options
with their parents, teachers and law enforce-
Kids suspected of being involved in a
gang are interviewed at school. Deputies
also talk to the parents. Most of the time, he
said, once the parents understand what's
going on, they act. A united front including
parent and law enforcement will usually
stop the dangerous behavior, he said.
When they see early indicators of gang ac-
tivity in a child, age old tactics are brought
to bear in the struggle. Getting the child in-
volved in sports is still an important way to
keep kids from going down the wrong path,
as are other wholesome activities such as
church and youth groups.
The community can also help reduce the
risk. For instance, Investigator Mee said Farm-
worker Village is a federally funded housing
development. Law enforcement enlisted its
aid in reducing gang activity when facility
Immokalee Bulletin/Patty Brant
At a recent information presentation
of gangs in Immokalee, Olga Hernan-
dez, MMCAA, (foreground) came away
with some good advice for community
service workers: keep informed so you
can benefit your clients and assist low
income residents. Rev. Howard Allen,
Glendale Bible Baptist Church on West
Main, said he's seen fewer gang-relat-
ed problems in Immokalee. He said
he's been in Immokalee, trying to make
a difference here, since 1976.
managers agreed not to continue leases to
gang members once their lease was up.
David C. Lawrence has programs de-
signed to help new or potential gang mem-
Investigator Meek said that pressure
brought to bear on gang members has result-
ing in forcing 35-40 members out of Collier
County. He explained that schools are safety
nets for kids, with Youth Related Deputies
and administrators available to help them
with problems, including gang pressure.
Investigtor Meek told the audience that
the difference in Immokalee from ten years
ago is night and day. At that time shootings
and stabbings were a weekly occurrence.
Now if that same number of incidents occurs
in a three-week period, crime in Immokalee
is considered "out of control." In part, keep-
ing down gang activity has helped make
Immokalee a safer place to be. His message
to parents is very simple take an open inter-
est in your child. Find out what they're do-
ing, who their friends are, where they go. It
is your right and your duty to fight for your
child's heart and mind.
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Baseball, Softball, and T-ball Nov. 29-Dec.
31, Mondays and Thursdays only from 6-8
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Weather forecast for Collier County from
the National Weather Service
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 75.
North wind around 8 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a
low around 43. North wind around 7 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 74. North
wind around 8 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 42. North wind around 7 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a
low around 46. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with
a high near 77.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
Snowflake Pageant searches for contestants
Do you have the most adorable child? The Immokalee High School and Delta Kappa
Gamma 2010 Snowflake Pageant is back. The Immokalee BETA Club will be hosting the
Snowflake Pageant in the IHS Auditorium on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The pageant is opened
to all girls ages 6 months to 9 years old. The winner in each division will receive a trophy
and a crown. The winners are also expected to ride on the float at the Christmas Parade
on Dec. 11. For an application or more information, please contact Linda Ayer at 239-
J.R. (Buddy) Carter
FELDA J. R. (Buddy) Carter, born Sept. 1,
1927, died peacefully at home Nov. 22, 2010, in
Felda, after a brief illness.
There will be a celebration of his life on Sun-
day, Dec. 5th, 1 to 3 p.m. at 1200 CR 830 in Fel-
William Ray Johnson Sr., 77
SEBRING -William Ray Johnson Sr., age 77,
of Sebring, passed away Nov. 25, 2010, in Se-
He was born March 13, 1933, in Miami, the
son of the late Ernest Lee and the late Madeline
Ruth (Woessner) Johnson. He married Betty Jo
Starling; she preceded him in death on May 5,
He was a farmer for many years. He proudly
served his country in the United States Army as
a member of the paratroopers special unit dur-
ing the Korean War. He retired when he turned
70 years old.
Survivors include two sons, James M. Long Jr.,
William Ray Johnson Jr.; and three daughters,
Carrie DesRosiers of Sebring, Nina Keener and
Mary Brown; one brother, Richard Johnson;
one sister, Madeline Gallops; 11 grandchildren;
and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Sat. Dec. 4, 2010,
at 4 p.m. in Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Testamento
with Rev. James Wryals officiating. Interment
will be in Caloosa Crematory, LaBelle.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home -
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Planning holiday fundraisers
If you are planning a charitable-giving
campaign during the holidays, please con-
sider RCMA as a beneficiary.
Among Florida nonprofits, RCMA is often
considered a hidden treasure.
Hidden, because we operate solely in
rural areas. You may be surprised to know
that, in Collier and Lee counties alone,
RCMA cares for 1,000 children in nine child-
care centers. We're tucked away near the
farms. (See www.rcma.org.)
A treasure, because we provide priceless
childcare to some of Florida's poorest fami-
lies, farm laborers.
For 45 years, we have been welcoming
their toddlers in their most formative years
of intellectual development. At RCMA child-
care centers, they receive quality preschool
education and two nutritious meals daily.
Most emerge at age 5 bilingual and ready for
kindergarten. Ready in the longer sense to
earn educations and careers. Ready to learn
their way out of the generational poverty
plaguing their families.
What do they need? The basics. Many
cannot afford food or Christmas toys for their
children. They could use grocery gift cards,
new children's books and toys and children's
clothes (ages 6 months to 6 years).
Contact me or our Community Relations
office at 239-658-3560 if you'd like to help.
Director of Communications
Immokalee Bulletin December 2, 2010
Latest tool for FCAT help
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
We've been hearing so much for a year
or more now about Windows 7.0 -TV
commercial after commercial from people
taking credit for the latest release of the
Windows operating system software. In
each TV ad, we've endured PC user after
PC user telling us that they actually came
up with the idea that has become Windows
7.0. So, I say, enough of that already. We'll
turn our attention now to FCAT 2.0. No,
it's not the latest, greatest software -even
though there will be a computer-based ver-
sion of the Florida standardized test. FCAT
2.0 is the new version of the FCAT test that
your sons and daughters (our students)
will be taking in the spring of 2011. Accord-
ing to the Florida Department of Education
(FLDOE), FCAT 2.0 will measure student
achievement of the "next generation of
the Sunshine State Standards." There'll be
a transition from FCAT to FCAT 2.0 with
FCAT 2.0 Reading and Math being used in
the spring, and FCAT 2.0 Science being un-
veiled in 2012. There's a lot that moms and
dads of students who will be taking FCAT
2.0 will want to and need to know. You may
.t rict Schoos certainly explore an
/' abundant amount
Sof info online and
here's the direct link
j j (http://fcat.fldoe.org/
There's a rather
Asked Questions list posted there. Or, you
can take us up on our offering of a TV
show chock full of the latest news about
FCAT 2.0. You are invited to watch the cur-
rent edition of the Parent Connection TV
show, on at 6:30 p.m. Monday thru Sat-
urday over the next few weeks; it features
two key members of the school district's
Learning Support Services Team who are
heavily involved in the FCAT 2.0 planning
on the local level. The show can be seen
on The Education Channel, Comcast cable
99. Don't have cable? We've got DVDs for
the asking...just send an e-mail request to
TVshow@collier.kl2.fl.us. And the chan-
nel is streamed online, too, at www.collier-
schools.com. Tune in a little early for the
chance to get up close and personal with
the five School Board Members including
the newest, Barbara Berry The five are
guests on District Digest, on TV at 6 p.m.
Monday thru Saturday.
District seeks subcommittee members
The School District is looking for commu-
nity members who are interested in serving
on one of two School Board subcommit-
Education -This subcommittee deals
with curriculum and instruction issues on
a variety of Kindergarten thru Grade 12 top-
Operations -This subcommittee deals
with topics such as budget planning, capital
(building) projects, transportation, or main-
tenance as examples.
The subcommittees meet once each
month. They give the administration an op-
portunity to bring forward issues and initia-
tives for community dialog. Meetings are
held "in the Sunshine" and they are televised
live on The Education Channel, Comcast
There is one vacancy on each of the two
subcommittees. Persons with an interest
in education- and operations-related issues
and topics are invited to apply, especially
parents and community members with a
background in education or business. Ap-
plicants must be full-time residents of Collier
County. Each subcommittee's new member,
to be selected by the School Board at the
December 9th School Board Meeting, will
serve the remainder of a vacated two-year
term (to expire September 2012).
To access an online application, visit the
"What's New?" section of the home page of
the district Web site at www.collierschools.
com. Applications are also available in the
school district's Communications Services
Department in the Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Administrative Center located at 5775 Os-
ceola Trail in Naples. The deadline to submit
an application is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. To
learn more, please call the communications
department at 239-377-0180, or send an e-
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Fair: A new career for a new year
Southwest Florida Works recently
launched their new name and upcoming
programs through a series of open houses
in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Glades and Hen-
dry Counties. Southwest Florida Works is
a partnership between business, labor,
education, community and government
services. The organization was created to
assist job seekers and the business com-
munity in developing a stronger workforce
by providing work and career develop-
ment opportunities to local residents and
businesses. In the third quarter of 2010,
the organization has enrolled 165 residents
into training programs, placed 340 newly
trained candidates in jobs with average
wage of $22.29 and placed over 2,000 in-
dividuals in job openings with an average
wage of $13.01. For more information, visit
With 2011 right around the corner many
of us want a change. SW FL WORKS will
be hosting a Career and Training Fair on
Monday, Dec. 13, from 2-6 p.m. for those
of you interested in starting a new career
of training program. Please join us on this
date for more information.
Come to SW FL Works (formally known
as the Career and Service Center), 750 S.
5th Street Immokalee, Monday, Dec. 13,
2-6 p.m. For more information please call
Thais Kuoman or Amanda Campos at 239-
County school district is
'The Race to the Top
in The Race to the Top'
The School District of Collier County's
Race to the Top (RTTT) grant proposal has
been approved by the Florida Department
of Education (DOE). Race to the Top is
an education reform project grounded in
better preparing students for the changing
21st century economy. The district's Scope
of Work includes 13 projects centered on
the State's RTTT goals of increased student
achievement, college and career readiness
for every child, educational equality em-
bedded in every classroom, and meaning-
ful support for our educational leaders. Un-
der RTTT, Florida will strive to double the
percent of incoming high school freshmen
who graduate high school and complete at
least one year of college, to cut the current
achievement gap between white and mi-
nority students in half by year 2015, and to
out-perform the current highest perform-
ing states on standardized testing.
The district is receiving a $4 million,
four-year grant. The district's 547-page
RTTT Scope of Work is aligned with the
district's Consolidated Planning process,
the Three-Year Academic Plan, the School
Improvement Plans, and the new District
Strategic Plan which is an extension of The
Education Foundation's Connect Now ini-
tiative. During the current year (year one),
the district focus is on researching and es-
tablishing an infrastructure from which to
work for the next three years. The district's
negotiations team is working in collabora-
tion with the teachers' union team to de-
velop an evaluation instrument to be used
to evaluate teachers beginning in year two,
the 2011-2012 school year. Another instru-
ment is being developed for administrator
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Christmas Around the World comes to Immokalee
Christmas Around the World will be held on Dec. 11, from 5-10 p.m. at the Immoka-
lee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia St. There is no cost to enter and for more information
visitwww.collierparks.com or call 239-657-1951. A community holiday parade begins at
5:30 p.m. as part of the winter celebration. Christmas Around the World is one of two
holiday celebrations hosted by Collier County Parks and Recreation. The other event is
Snowfest at Golden Gate Community Park on Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 2, 2010
Immokalee Fire Rescue reminds: Change the batteries!
The Immokalee Fire Dept. would like to
thank the Immokalee Elementary Teachers
and staff once again for allowing us to come
into their schools and talk about fire safety
to the pre-k, kindergarten and first graders
during the October Fire Prevention week.
The 2010 Fire Prevention Week theme was
"Smoke Alarms, A Sound You Can Live
At a recent fire on Nov. 13, in Texas, a sin-
gle mother of 3 awoke coughing and chok-
ing to her home filled with smoke, she was
able to get herself and her 3 children out, un-
fortunately her oldest, a 4 year old had suc-
cumbed to the smoke inhalation and was
pronounced dead at the hospital.
A somber note to this story is the fact
that had there been a working smoke de-
tector within this home, the mother could
have been alerted sooner to the presence of
smoke and may have been able to get out in
time and save her son from the smoke inha-
lation that took his life.
On Nov. 7, daylight savings time ended,
the clocks rolled back one hour. This is a
good semi-annual reminder to Change the
Batteries in your Smoke Detectors. The
Immokalee Fire Control District urges all
landlords to make sure you have working
smoke detectors within your rental proper-
ties, and as a tenant to do your part in the
maintenance of these life saving appliances,
change the batteries and vacuum as needed
to avoid malfunction and report any defects
to your landlord for repair or replacement.
For homeowners who cannot afford a
smoke detector, the Immokalee Fire Control
District has a "Project Wake-up" program.
This program offers one free installation of a
smoke detector. Forms can be picked up at
the fire station located at 502 E. New Market
As a final note, please keep all matches
and lighters out of reach of children and take
a moment to review your fire escape plan
with all those that live within your home
and remember to pick a safe meeting place
where all can be accounted for in the event
of an emergency.
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/IFRD
Immokalee Fire and Rescue took time during fire prevention week recently to
present fire safety programs to local school children. Here, Firefighters, Karth
and Lt. Mendoza show students what firefighting equipment is stored on the
trucks and explain how it is used in an emergency.
In the top photo, Firefighters Williams
and Smith show elementary school
students the gear worn by firefighters
and students in another Immokalee
Elementary school learn to "stay low
below" during a visit from Immokalee
Edison State adds middle
school education degree
Interested in becoming a middle school
teacher? The State of Florida predicts it will
need to hire more than 3,000 middle school
teachers in the next several years, yet until
now there was no public or private school in
Southwest Florida to educate Middle School
Math, Science or Language Arts teachers.
The School of Education at Edison State
College has launched three new baccalau-
reate degree programs to address the three
of the state's critical teacher shortage areas.
The programs will prepare graduates to se-
cure teaching positions in 5-9 grade levels in
the applicable program discipline.
"We have an opportunity to provide
more students access to in-demand careers
in education," explained Dr. Erin Harrel,
Dean of the School of Education at Edison
The occupation of middle grades educa-
tion ranks 36th out of the 100 fastest growing
occupations in Florida. The Florida Agency
for Workforce Innovation finds that by the
2012-2013 academic year there will be a
need for an additional 3,397 middle grades
math, science and language arts teachers
in Florida. These figures present a signifi-
cant increase in the number of new middle
grades teachers needed in the state.
Ernie Branson is seizing the opportunity.
After years of working in retail management
and in transportation, Branson realized that
Edison State would afford him the opportu-
nity to make a fulfilling career change. He
will be part of the Middle School Language
Arts program at Edison State.
"I've thought about teachers who had
a positive influence in my life," explained
Branson. "I had a hard time in 7th and 8th
grade. I credit many of those teachers with
my coming out of that time on the right side.
I hope to have that same positive influence
on other young people."
Branson, whose long-term plans include
both teaching and pursuing a Master's de-
gree, chose Edison State for several reasons:
"The school has an excellent reputation- I've
spoken with friends who had great experi-
ences," enthused Branson. That has a lot to
do with why I chose Edison State and why I
am staying for my bachelor's. I'm so happy
I can stay now for my entire undergraduate
Edison State College is enrolling students
for the Spring 2011 semester now through
Jan. 6. To learn more about the B.S. in Mid-
dle Grades Language Arts Education with
ESOL endorsement, B.S. in Middle Grades
Mathematics Education, or B.S. in Middle
Grades Science Education, visit the website:
For more information on the School of
Education at Edison State College, contact
Dr. Erin Harrel at 239-489-9319 or eharrel@
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December 2, 2010
Immokalee Bulletin December 2, 2010
Churches gather for
By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
A community Thanksgiving Service of
praise and worship was held at Bethel As-
sembly of God Church on West Main Street
the Tuesday before Thanksgiving with a
number of churches participating. The
Praise Team from Bethel Assembly opened
the service and led those attending in tradi-
tional praise and worship. They were fol-
lowed by Omega Haitian Baptist Church
Praise Team under the direction and lead-
ership of Pastor Patrick St. Lot, who even
taught the mixed group of people attending
how to worship in Creole as well as English
and Spanish. The lead group for the eve-
ning of worship was TRUST Gospel Quar-
tet, a fine group of men headquartered out
of Okeechobee. These men travel around
the southern part of the United States sing-
ing what is called a 'Gaither style Southern
Gospel' brand of music. Those who at-
tended the meeting responded joyously to
the ministry of this fine group, who'll be
visiting First United Methodist Church after
the first of the year.
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
The TRUST Quartet performed at the community Thanksgiving Service
held last Tuesday at the Bethel Assembly of God Church. The group from
Okeechobee performed gospel songs and songs of praise during the gath-
ering at which several local churches participated.
Community News in Brief
There will be a community blood drive
on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church,
1411 Lake Trafford Road. You may sign up
for a specific time by calling the church of-
fice at 239-657-2639. The Community Blood
Center reminds all donors that you must
have a photo ID, be at least 16 years of age,
with a minimum weight of 110 pounds, and
no tattoos/body piercing within 12 months
of donating. As an added incentive all who
donate will have their names placed in a
drawing for a free Apple iPad on Tuesday,
Lion's Club to offer eye exams
The Lion's Club will be holding free eye
screening at the I Tech on Sunday, Dec. 5,
from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration will end at
12:30 p.m. Screenings will include Glau-
coma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Tests for diabetes and blood pressure. Free
Help for needy families
The deadline for signing up for assistance
with clothing, food furniture and Christmas
gifts for very needy families and children
is Dec. 13. If you are in need of assistance,
or know of a family in need, please contact
Sharon at Lake Trafford Marina at 239-657-
2401 or Cherryle Thomas at 239-657-0080.
Drivers needed to
aid cancer patients
The American Cancer Society's Road to
Recovery Program is in need of volunteers
who are willing to drive cancer patients to
and from cancer treatments. Training is pro-
vided to those who want to volunteer their
time. Schedules are flexible and drivers can
drive as little or as much as they like. Re-
quirements for volunteering include having
a good driving record, a valid driver's license,
and a vehicle in good working condition.
For more information please call 1-866-739-
5288 ext. 5803. Lack of transportation is one
of the biggest challenges facing cancer pa-
tients. Please consider making a difference
in a cancer patient's life.
Chosen People Ministries
presents Christmas program
By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Dr. Ben Alpert, a representative of Cho-
sen People Ministries, will be speaking at
First Baptist Church, Immokalee, on Dec. 5
during the 10:45 worship service.
The program being presented is "Christ-
mas Through Jewish Eyes."
Chosen People Ministries is a mission
that was founded in 1894 by Leopold Cohn,
a Hungarian rabbi who came to believe
that Jesus was the Messiah of Israel. From
humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York,
Chosen People Ministries has grown into a
worldwide ministry with outreach centers
in Argentina, Australia, Canada, England,
France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Ukraine
and the United States.
Through its long history, Chosen People
Ministries has been unwavering in its com-
mitment to bring the Gospel message of sal-
vation in Jesus "to the Jew first and to the
Gentile" throughout the world. In stressing
the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, Cho-
sen People Ministries hopes to make the
message of the Messiah more accessible to
Jewish people and also to help Christian be-
lievers achieve a greater appreciation of the
Jewish basis of their own faith traditions.
This meeting is open to the public, and
First Baptist Church, Immokalee, would like
to invite the Christian and Jewish commu-
nity to attend. For more information please
call 239-657-2694. A love offering will be re-
Church News in Brief
Gospel Night planned Yard sale to benefit
Gospel Night of Praise featuring The Elo- church programs
him Singers of Bradenton with Emcee Diane
Hall will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 A huge multi family yard sale will be held
p.m. at the House of Prayer of the Living God, on Friday and Saturday, starting at 7 a.m. on
Inc., 401 South Second Street, Immokakee. Camilia Ave.
Overseer/Pastor: Dorothy Washington will
officiate. Come out and enjoy some good Proceeds will benefit programs at First
ole' gospel singing. For more information, Baptist Church of Immokalee.
please call 239-826-7073 or 239-503-7733.
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Guadalupe Center hosts 28th Annual Thanksgiving in the Park
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Everyone gets a taste of everything wonderful at the Thanksgiving Day in the
Park event held last Thursday. Families and friends use the annual event to
gather and enjoy a hearty feast of a meal that included turkey and all the trim-
This young lady waits in line with hun-
dreds of others at Thanksgiving Day
in the Park event held last Thursday
where thousands turned out to enjoy a
great meal and time to spend together
with family and friends.
The dessert table wss filled with slices of pies taken from over 500 whole pies
donated from various organizations. The table also held drinks and cookies
for the thousands who visited the Thanksgiving Day in the Park event held last
Thursday. Many volunteers sliced the pies before the big event
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mashed potatoes, green beans, des-
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