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by Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Growing things has always been one of Immokalee’s strengths. That includes strong young people with a healthy commitment to their families and home town. On October 3 Immokalee High School faculty and students were witnesses to the acknowledgement of yet another local young man who, thanks to his hard work and drive, is on the verge of a bright future. Maybe even more important to JC Jackson, his family was there. JC has been getting a lot of attention in the world of football and has been chosen for the Under Armour All American team. He will throw his considerable talents into the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The game, to be televised in ESPN, will be played January 2, 2014 in St. Petersburg at Tropicana eld, 4 p.m. According to a statement by I.H.S. Athletic Director Tony Allen, JC is “a 4 star player who is ranked in the top 10 at his position in the state and 11th overall regardless of position . This is the second year in a row that someone from Immokalee has been chosen as an All American.” JC himself is quick to share this honor with his family, his school nand his community. JC offered his thanks to his family, coach and community, saying that they make work hard and “let me be great.” Supporting that deep reality, This young man understands the obligation and opportunity he has to be a role model. “I want young kids to look up to me,” he said, “in sports and school.” Athletic Director Tony Allen commented, “Immokalee is all about family and commitDRIVE A NEW 2014 EXPLORER FOR ONLY$249 PER MONTH*36 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $3249 plus tax, title, & license due at signing. Includes “rst month payment, $0 security deposit, acquisition fee, & capitalized cost reduction.*Stock #14t19. 20 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $1500 RCL Bonus Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 10/31/13. xxxday, xxx xx, 20xx V ol. xx No. xxx See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Nearly 450 smiling faces searched thousands of bargain priced dresses, shoes and accessories at the 3rd Annual Love That Dress! for Collier County chaired by Stacey Herring, Libb y Fero and Cotrenia Hood at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. Love That Dress!, a fashion fundraiser to bene t the PACE Center for Girls in Immokalee, is a feel good community event that brings together local businesses, volunteers and community partners. A record breaking 3000 dresses were donated to this year’s event, many of which were brand new from event sponsor White House Black Market. Love that Dress! is not all about dresses but also about the girls PACE serves in Collier County. The proceeds from the event ‘Love that Dress’ raises money for PACE Immokalee: Football and family Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantThe support of JC Jackson’s family is a big part of his success on and off the football eld. Pictured at the October 3 event recognizing his invitation to play in the Under Armour All American Game in January are, from left: his dad Jerald Jackson, his Great-Grandmother Pearlene Simmons, Grandmother Jeraldine Williams and Aunt Cassandra Jackson. Thursday, October 10, 2013 V ol. 46 No. 41 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads DOT changing SR 29 alignment by Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Members of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce met October 2 for their monthly breakfast, catching up on the latest community information. Commissioner Tim Nance explained that the Florida Department of Transportation has decided to hold back on improvements to SR 29 in the area. Community comments have convinced FDOT not to just circumvent Immokalee, but to treat it as a destination. Therefore, its last meeting has been postponed till next year so they can hold more community meetings in Immokalee. The morning began with a description by Michael O’Neal of his new import business of wine and olive oil from Cypress. He currently has set up a storefront in Ave Maria but explained that he plans to put a distribution center in Immokalee. He expects to distribute his high quality olive oil and wines all See FDOT — Page 2 See Football — Page 2 See Dress — Page 2 Saturday, Oct. 26, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Halloween Family Fun Safe, nonscary Halloween fun for families. Win prizes, create arts and crafts, face painting, bounce house, music, prizes, and more. Clubs, groups or organizations interested in participating please call the Park at 657-4449. Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1St Street, Immokalee. The event is free. For more information, call (239) 6574449. Halloween fun


2 Immokalee Bulletin October 10, 2013Serving Immokalee Since 1969To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518€ LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. Phone: (239) 657-6000 € Fax: (863) 675-1449 Submit NewsThe Immokalee Bulletin welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (239) 657-6000 to reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following Thursdays publication. E-Mail: ibnews@newszap.comTo Place a Display AdPhone:(239) 657-6000 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classified AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 or to place it from home go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit or email Editor: Patty Brant Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Publisher: Tom ByrdExecutive Editor: Katrina ElskenOur PurposeƒThe Immokalee Bulletin is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. P P u b l i s h e d b y ment." JC didn't have to look far for his own role model. Like Edgerrin James, his heart is in Immokalee A senior, JC is looking forward to going to the University of Florida. He wants to study business. In fact, he said he'd like to come back home and start a business one day hopefully after a career in pro football. A hard worker, JC said he got his work ethic early on taught by the Indian football players he came up under. Head Football Coach Rich Dombroski noted that this is the second year in a row an I.H.S. athlete received this honor. Army chose I.H.S. athlete Makensie Alexander to play in their All American game in 2012. This is only Coach Dombroski's rst year as the Indian's coach, but his pride in this young player was obvious. "He leads by example," coach said. Coach Dombroski takes great pride in his team. "Jimmy Bayes plays great defense, D'Ernest Johnson is a great running back," he said, pointing out, "but JC can do it all offense and defense he excels at all of them." For this year, JC has logged some pretty impressive statistics: Rushing 3 carries for 45 yards Receiving 8 receptions for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns Tackles 14 Interceptions 2 (1 was returned for a touchdown) Punt Returns 6 returns for 141 yards and 1 touchdown A smiling D'Ernest Johnson, who has played football with JC since they were in Pop Warner, said, "This is big, real big. In Pop Warner we all had dreams. We pushed each other." Jerold Jackson, JC's dad, was also his rst coach in Pop Warner. A 1994 I.H.S. graduate, Mr. Jackson played with Edgerrin James back in the day. He said JC started at ve years of age and pushed himself hard. "He always wanted to compete with the older kids." At the upper levels he could learn more. "I hope he learned a lot from his coaches and won't take this for granted," Mr. Jackson said, "He's a humble kid. I want him to have fun in his life." He added that it's not easy to keep kids on track these days, and he tried to give his son structure at home. Between his family at home and his family at school, JC Jackson has a strong foundation for a bright future. Born in raised in a football oriented town like Immokalee, his talent would certainly come out. Playing in the Under Armour All American game is an honor shared by the entire community. As JC put it, "In Immokalee, football's the thing." through the country, making Immokalee a perfect location. From the new First Bank of Clewiston Immokalee Branch Mali Gardner explained that the bank has been around since the 1920s and wants to be part of the Immokalee community, helping it to prosper and grow. She also presented a check to Immokalee High School's Athletic Director Tony Allen. Ms. Gardner ended her presentation by saying, "There is treasure here for the future." Director of the iGeneration Empowerment Academy Synthia LaFontaine offered some comments on the new charter school. She said that cognitive potential is the same for individuals, but students are often blamed if they do not learn as expected. In actuality, the teaching approach is at fault when students don't make the grade. It's a concept taken to heart by iGeneration, which currently serves 112 students. She said they hope to have a total of about 300 by the end of the term. She added that iGeneration practices student centered teaching and teaches students to think critically to solve problems and to learn to collaborate. The student/teacher ratio is 12:1 at iGeneration. She said parents can still enroll their children at iGeneration Academy for this school year and needs the community's support. The school is still setting up its cafeteria and would very much appreciate any donations from the community. Relay for Life is set for March 14. Team meetings are held Wednesdays at 5 p.m. at the iTECH conference room. Also, Immokalee High School BETA Club is selling poinsettias for Relay for Life. give PACE the opportunity to help students with counselling, healthcare, food and clothing needs as well as provide incentives that keep girls in school and engaged in learning. "Each year gets better and better" reports Executive Director Marianne Kearns. "I am pleased with the $65,000 raised for the girls and in awe of the awareness and support this event brings to PACE Collier at Immokalee. Those involved with Love That Dress! 2013 have already signed on to start working on Love That Dress! 2014. It's the best "Friend-Raiser" in town!" PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a non-residential juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 18, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration and declining grades. At PACE, girls nd a supportive environment focusing on their strengths through a gender-responsive approach that centers on the emotional and physical safety of each girl. As a result, PACE reduces the signi cant long term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, unemployment, and long term economic dependency. For more information, visit www.pacecenter. org/collier. FootballContinued From Page 1 FDOT Continued From Page 1 DressContinued From Page 1 Submitted photos/ WILKINSON Photography by Lane‘Love that Dress’ crowd nds lots to enjoy about the event. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantJC Jackson, Coach Rich Dombroski


FloridaUp to our eyeballs in…newspaper readers?Florida is home to an estimated 1.3 million alligators. That’s one gator for every 14 peple 5.1 million Floridians who read a newspaper. Like alligators, newspapers have been around a long time, and like alligators they aren’t going anywhere. 3 Immokalee Bulletin October 10, 2013


ESE student conferenceAre you a family member of a child with a disability? Collier County Public Schools’ Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Sharing the Commitment Advisory invites you to a free one-day conference on Saturday, October 26, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Lely High School (1 Lely High School Boulevard). The conference, in partnership with the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS), will offer a variety of training, education, and networking opportunities for parents. Come learn ways to increase family and school collaboration and nd out what strategies your child’s teachers will be using in the classroom so you can support participation at home, in school, and in the community! Interested parents are encouraged to check out a description of each of the day’s workshops online by visiting This website also offers online registration – available now through Friday, October 18th. Registration may also be done via phone. To learn more, register, or obtain online support, please contact FDLRS Coordinator Theresa Bowen at 337-8127. Learning can be funTo support our school growing, we are having a Learning Can Be Fun Cookout and games on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All are invited to come and experience how learning can be fun at iGeneration with Xbox 360 and iPad learning games. Come and enjoy a cook-out, hot dogs and seeing how 21st Century learning can be fun together with Immokalee iGener’s! iGeneration Empowerment Academy o f Immokalee, 1411 Lake Trafford Rd., next to the First Baptist Church, Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. School Briefs Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Celebrations Just married? Golden anniversary? Birthday? Holiday? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineFor a modest charge, each package includes: and family Submit your good news today at HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. 4 Immokalee Bulletin October 10, 2013 by Maribel De ArmasSo our second big meeting in Immokalee for the year is coming up next Tuesday in the form of a regular meeting of the School Board. The meeting will be held in the Immokalee High School auditorium starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15. The School Board and our Superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton, invite you to attend. Translators will be available. Right at the beginning of the meeting, y ou’ll get to enjoy the Immokalee High School Marching Band live in the auditorium as they perform our National Anthem and a pep song they routinely play at football games. You’ll also get to see some featured artwork from Immokalee area schools. Then, we’ll be highlighting some recognitions for the month of October. You may recall from our column last week that Immokalee High football player J.C. Jackson w as recently named an Under Armour AllA merican player. J.C. will be joining us on Tuesday as the School Board of cially recognizes him on behalf of Collier County Public Schools. We will also be proclaiming some special celebrations, including:  Red Ribbon Week (October 23–31) – The symbol of the red ribbon has come to be known to stand for our nation’s commitment to a Drug Free America. As substance abuse is one of the most common risk factors impacting the behavior and physical health of kids, Red Ribbon Week gives us an extra moment to reinforce the importance of drug prevention not only among our students, but the entire community.  National School Bus Safety Week (October 21–25) – The theme for this year’s celebration of School Bus Safety Week is “Stand Back From the Yellow and Black!” In our district alone, nearly 21,000 students at just under 9,000 bus stops are transported daily. Therefore, school bus safety is something that everyone in the community must take part in.  Domestic Violence Awareness Month – October is traditionally observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout the country. Here at Collier County Public Schools, we partner with the Shelter for Abused Women & Children to raise awareness and make prevention programs available for students at all levels of school. The School Board will also be discussing several topics of importance to the district during their meeting. So, we look forward to seeing you Tuesday at 4 p.m. over at Immokalee High School for the School Board Meeting. Students First Your community directory is a click away! Free Speech Free Ads


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Fast paced, physical t, highly motivated, energetic, attention to detail. No drama. Only serious persons apply. Leave message at 239-353-0557. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Employment Full Time MECHANICAL JOB FAIRTUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 Clewiston Holiday Inn 11:00 to 1:00 If you have at least two years of Mechanical Experience with Plant Machinery, Railroad Locomotives or Heavy Farm Equipment, we may have the ideal position for you. We also need Machinists and 6G Welders. Southwest Florida Works will also be present. If unable to attend or wishing to have your background sent immediately to the Hiring Manager, please do the one of the Following. EMAIL: Brief Paragraph is Fine. Apply Online at: Click Careers then Postings. United States Sugar Corporation is one of America’s largest diversi ed, privatelyheld agribusiness rms. In addition to growing, milling and re ning cane sugar, U.S. Sugar owns a short line railroad and its Southern Gardens subsidiary is one of Florida’s foremost producers and processors of oranges and orange juice products. The company is headquartered in Clewiston, Florida. EOE Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Guns/SuppliesGun & Knife Show LaBelle Civic Center 481 W. Hickpochee Ave SR 80W LaBelle, FL Sat, Oct 12, 9-5 Sun, Oct 13, 9-4 Admission $5.00 Free Parking CWP classes $50. 11am or 1pm daily Tele: 239-223-3370www.sunshows orida.comBuy Sell Trade When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Pets/Supplies All New Happy Jack Kennel Dip II kills eas, ticks, & MANGE mites on dogs or as a perimeter spray to kill mosquitoes and ies. Do NOT use on cats!!!JACK & ANNS FEED & SUPPLY ApartmentsESPERANZA PLACE Affordable 2BR and 3BR Apartments, Handicap Unit Available Energy ef cient appliances, washer/ dryer hook ups, spacious oor plans, community center on site with computer lab for resident use and classes. From access to Carl Kuehner Community Center educational and social programs. Must be farm or grove labor employed Pay no more than 30% of your households adjusted monthly income for rent and utilities. 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(863)675-8010 or (863)673-6467 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Vans2003 GMC EXPLOYER Van Conversion. 2003. 125,500. Good condition. Seats 7. $7495. Naples 239-434-8135 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Business & Service Directory AUCTION ROOFING Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! 6 Immokalee Bulletin October 10, 2013 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds


W ellness DayImmokalee Wellness Day, Saturday, October 12, will offer free screenings for diabetes (blood and eye), free blood pressure checks, free u shots for eligible adults and free mental health screenings for children. Come for the free screenings and to learn about other Immokalee resources including: job retraining programs, family food and tness, after school programs, counseling serv ices and many others. It all happens at the Florida Department of Health Collier County, 419 N. First Street, Immokalee from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, October. 12.Public invited to iGeneration board meetingThe public is invited to the Board Meeting for iGeneration Empowerment of Collier at Immokalee. Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Community members, current students' families and families who are considering advancing the education of their students are welcome. There is open enrollment for all Immokalee transfer or new students. iGeneration Empowerment Academy of Collier at Immokalee: 1411 Lake Trafford Road (corner of 29 & Lake Trafford Road, next to the First Baptist Church). For more information call Synthia LaFontaine, Campus Director, at 239-658-0690.iTECH class openMachining class, 1500 hours, MondayFriday 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Class begins on or around December 2, 2013 at the Immokalee Technical Center, 508 North 9th Street, 239) 377-9900. Program supported by: Arthrex, US Sugar, Haynes Corporation, Shaw Development. For more information about our graduation rates, costs and other important information, please visit our website at html A fterschool Nutrition ProgramThe Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. announces the sponsorship of the Afterschool Nutrition Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. This program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and suppers to children in afterschool programs. Snacks and suppers are available at no separate charge to the children at the sites listed below: iGeneration Charter School 1411 Lake Trafford Rd, Immokalee, FL Community Center 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee, FL Sports Complex 505 Escambia St, Immokalee, FL A ttention, 2nd Infantry Division Veterans The Florida Branch of the Second Indianhead Division Association will have its annual reunion in Titusville, Florida on October 18-20, 2013 at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn. All veterans of the 2nd Infantry Divisions are invited. For more information, call the branch secretary-treasurer, Donald Calnan, at (561) 742-5379 or send an email to Running Club Comes to ImmokaleeThe Gulf Coast Runners Youth Team is creating a running branch in Immokalee. The GCR youth team is open to all young runners 7-17. Most of our members are in elementary or middle school. We train for both tness and competition year round. Runners have to learn skills such as self-discipline, motivation, and setting and achieving goals. The GCR youth team wants to give every young athlete who has the desire to run, the opportunity to run. If you are interested in joining the running clubthere are practices are twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, located at the Immokalee High School Track at 5:00pm. There is no cost to join-get involved! If you have any questions Hugo Gijon (239) 273-3171.Parks and Rec launches web siteCollier County Parks and Recreation recently launched its mobile web site. Access on your smart phone or tablet to view the mobile device-friendly site. Add the Collier County Parks and Recreation icon to your home screen to access quickly the information you need to enjoy all the recreational amenities offered by Collier County Parks and Recreation. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Administration at (239) 2524000.Childcare availableA Step Up Immokalee, operated by Collier Child Care Resources, Inc., provides childcare for teen parents, school district teachers and staff, county workers. They care for infants to four years of age Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with extended hours till 3 p.m. There is a warm and inviting atmosphere with nurturing childcare providers, free childcare tuition to members of the Teenage parenting Progrm. Located at 701 Immokalee Drive. Phone 239-377-1172; cell 239-980-9021 or go to Park closed for constructionImmokalee South Park, located at 418 School Drive, is closed. A new community park building will be under construction throughout this summer and fall. Construction is expected to be complete by January 2014. The new building will house programs such as voluntary pre-kindergarten, after school programs, summer camp, senior programs, arts and crafts, and special events. The building will have classrooms and a community room for residents to enjoy. For more information, contact Annie Alvarez at (239) 867-4121 ext 206, or (239) 252-4449. Breastfeeding mothers groupLearn about the many bene ts of breastfeeding, get advice and tips, speak with breast-feeding peer counselors Myda and Noemi, meet and share experiences with other breastfeeding mothers. Pregnant women welcome. Come to the Collier County Department of Health Room 133 every Tuesday from 1011:30 a.m. For additional information call 239-252-7347 or 239-252-7312.Commissioner Nance of ce openCollier Commissioner Tim Nance opened his new of ce in the Immokalee Government Center, 106 South First Street. Regular of ce hours for Nance at the government center will be established soon.VPKIf you live in Florida and your child turned 4 years of age by September 1, Your child is eligible to participate in Florida's free Voluntary Prekindergaten (VPK) education program. For more information please call (239) 252-4449.Immokalee Community Yard Sale!Out with the old in with the new! Find yard sale bargains with the convenience o f having all the sales in one location. If you are interested in reserving a spot to sell used items from your home. Please call (239) 252-4449 to reserve your spot today. Saturday, October 19. Time 8 a.m.-12 p.m. $10 per Space Pre Registration required b y Thursday, October 17.Halloween BashCome out and enjoy some Halloween fun. We will have treats, music and crafts under the pavilion! Saturday, October 26, 5-8 p.m. For more information please call Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st St. Phone (239) 252-4449. 7 Immokalee Bulletin October 10, 2013 Community Briefs


Let me start this Drumbeat off by saying congratulations and thank you to Coach Hugo Gijon and Coach Ismael Galicia and the entire cross country team for a great event held last Saturday. For those of you w ho may not know, The Immokalee High Cross Country team hosted the rst ever Southwest Florida Cross Country Festiv al held at Buckingham Park. This event brought out the best cross country teams in Southwest Florida. We had over 800 runners representing 30 area high schools and middle schools. This event took place on a very beautiful and cool morning which allowed the runners to post some outstanding times. Here are some the results: Top 10 Boys Teams 1. Naples 2. Immokalee 3. Charlotte 4. LaBelle 5. Golden Gate 6. Ida S. Baker 7. Lely 8. Fort Myers 9. Barron Collier 10. Cypress Lake Top 10 Girls Teams: 1. Fort Myers 2. Community Schools of Naples 3. Evangelical Christian School 4. North Fort Myers 5. Naples High 6. Immokalee 7. Palmetto Ridge 8. Ida S. Baker 9. Gulf Coast 10. Lely Immokalee's Individual Results: Boys: 2 Leonel Cruz, 8 Alex Ruiz, 23 Marco Hernandez, 29 Robert Aguirre, 46 Hector Hernandez and 74 Dagoberto Andrade. Girls: 8 Anita Munoz, 21 Angela Cruz, 56 Regine Francois, 66 Kristina Vera, 69 Amber Gonzales, 94 Vanessa Gonzalez. Immokalee High School Cross Country history 8 Immokalee Bulletin October 10, 2013 Indians support American Cancer SocietyImmokalee High School "Pink Pride" supports the American Cancer Society as part of the NFL's A Crucial Catch campaign. On October 11, 2013, the Immokalee Indians will take on the Naples Golden Eagles on the eld and a very important cause off the eld the ght against breast cancer. A Crucial Catch is a nationwide screening reminder campaign to help women stay healthy. Immokalee High students are participating in awareness and fundraising activities during the week of October 711. The Indians will sell pink ribbon tattoos, pink socks, pink lemonade, and football cards (in support/in memory of) to place on our Wall of Hope which will be displayed at the football game. In addition, students will create facts and awareness posters/ yers to display throughout the school. So, GET YOUR PINK ON and join IHS "Indian Pride" in our ght against breast cancer October 11, kick off 7:30 p.m.On the eldThe Immokalee Indians Football Team trounced Golden Gate October 4 by a score of 67-7, led by Quarterback Louinelson Celian. Running Back D'Ernest Johnson will be back on the eld for this Friday night's game against Naples. Drum Beat Submitted photoMembers of the IHS Cross Country team.