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Staff Report – Florida Catholic

9/6/17

Student learn about mosquitos

Bishop Verot Catholic High School biology students, working with Brian Murphy of Lee County Mosquito Control, are determining the level of toxicity of Bacillus sphaericus to Culex Mosquito Larvae in class in Fort Myers in mid-August

Biology students at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers recently had the opportunity to work with Brian Murphy of Lee County Mosquito Control. Murphy and the students used the biology lab to determine the level of toxicity of bacillus sphaericus to culex mosquito larvae. This will go a long way in understanding mosquitos and their impact on the spread of disease in the area.

Students build “arks” for STREAM class

Incarnation Catholic School teacher Lauren Turley assists sixth graders as they work on a Noah’s Ark activity in mid-August for the Sarasota school’s STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics) program.

Incarnation Catholic School sixth graders worked on a Noah’s Ark activity in mid-August for the Sarasota school’s STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics) program. Teacher Lauren Turley assisted the student in helping to create their “arks” and graded them on their ability to float. 

40 Days for Life Sept. 27-Nov. 5

The fall of the annual 40 Days For Life prayer vigil campaign seeking an end to abortion runs from Sept. 27 to Nov. 5. The faithful are encouraged to commit to join others in praying and being a witnessing for life outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion facilities on Central Avenue in Sarasota and at College Parkway and Winkler Road in Fort Myers. For those interested, sign up on your parish’s commitment days or register directly online at www.40daysforlife.com (choose location).

“Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age”

Epiphany Cathedral School, Venice is presenting a special screening of the movie “Screenagers, Growing Up In the Digital Age”, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 14 at Epiphany Cathedral, Parish Hall A, 316 Sarasota St., Venice. This 60 minute film is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. The Moderator of the film is psychologist, Dr. Christopher Cortman. Reservations are requested via email at burke@ecstigers.com or by calling 941-615-0284. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Taste of St. Ann Sept. 16

All are welcome to support the St. Ann Catholic School Athletic Department at the annual Taste of St. Ann, from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 16 at the St. Ann Jubilee Center, 542 Eight Ave., Naples. The evening will include a wine tasting, spirits, music, light food, games and prizes. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets call 239-262-4110 or visit www.stann.net.

Program helps refugees learn English

Refugee Resettlement Program of Catholic Charities Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program Volunteer Joan Streit (left) travels to the home of Natalia, wof the Ukraine, once a week to teach her English as a second language.

Refugee Resettlement Program of Catholic Charities Volunteer Joan Streit (left) travels to the Sarasota home of Natalia once a week to teach her English as a second language. Natalia is a refugee from the Ukraine who recently came to Southwest Florida with her family. Joan also teaches English to Natalia’s husband and daughter as well so the whole family can become self-sufficient in their new life in America. We appreciate your volunteer service!

Boca Grande Child Care Center opens

The five-year-old children at the Boca Grande Child Care Center of Catholic Charities are excited and ready for kindergarten this August.

The five-year-old children at the Boca Grande Child Care Center of Catholic Charities are excited and ready for kindergarten this August! The center is located on Gasparilla Island adjacent to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and serves 30 children from ages one to five. Most of the families do not live on the island but the parents are employed by local businesses. Parents can go to work each day confident that their children are nearby enjoying fun filled days packed with valuable experiences which help prepare them for kindergarten. The children participate in daily lessons and activities ranging from American Sign Language basics, colors and shapes, sorting and classifying, numbers and counting, letters and sounds, STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), art, music and more. This fall the center will proudly send 10 children off to kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed!

Children take part in a Mock Election

Representatives from the Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office organized a mock election for the teens enrolled in the AFCAAM of Catholic Charities Youth Mentoring Summer Camp.

Representatives from the Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office organized a mock election for the teens enrolled in the AFCAAM of Catholic Charities Youth Mentoring Summer Camp. Students learned about the history of voting, why it is important, and how to register. The teens took part in an election by signing in with identification to receive a ballot, marking their ballots in a voting booth, and securely submitting their finished ballots. The students voted on six questions such as “What age should parents allow their teens to date?” and “Who is your favorite music artist?” and the results from the election were presented. “You must register to vote and participate in elections or somebody else will make decisions for you,” said Artemis Kahl, Community and Education Services Director for the elections office. 

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