Solomon Edwards is a seventh grader at Saint Andrew Catholic School. Solomon finds ways to give back to our community. What makes Solomon’s efforts unique is he is a distance learner.
Solomon has adopted a road through the City of Cape Coral. He and his family maintain the roadway by picking up trash weekly.
Solomon also collects donations of pet supplies for the Gulf Coast Humane Society. He created flyers and signs to post on the collection boxes. The boxes were placed at his mother’s work. Solomon was able to donate over 60 items to the Gulf Coast Humane Society.
Solomon was recognized for his selfless service to his community with the Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Award.
Better Together, a voluntary, community-driven alternative to foster care, has introduced the Hopeful 100 Club to encourage monthly recurring gifts of $100 that cover the costs of keeping a child out of foster care and families together.
Since March, Better Together has seen a 155% increase in requests for help through its Better Families program, a voluntary alternative to foster care that hosts children short-term while mentoring parents through crisis.
“It costs an average of $30,000 per year in taxpayer dollars to keep a child in foster care,” said Megan Rose, CEO, Better Together.
“The alternative is donating $100 per month to cover the cost of providing a child with a safe and caring temporary home while parents work towards reunification. Despite challenges, Better Together has remained fully operational throughout the pandemic. With your support, children can wake up with their parents on Christmas morning rather than in foster care.”
With a small crew of seven full-time staff, Better Together has leveraged the support of hundreds of local volunteers to serve every single family that asked for help.
“We have not turned a single child away,” added Rose.
Better Together is 100% privately funded and community driven, and has served over 2,500 children in Southwest Florida and kept 96% of families together. The nonprofit was founded on the belief that loving parents should not lose children because they are having money problems, or had the courage to seek treatment, or got hospitalized without childcare. These challenges can be overcome with the right support system in place.
Tony Sizemore, Deputy Police Chief and head of the Cape Coral Police Athletic League, keeps kids out of trouble through a strong sports program, positive mentoring, and personal development training.
Through the generosity of individual donors, Cape Foundation is awarding $4,500 to build healthy lifestyles and positive relationships between Police Officers and the youth of Cape Coral by connecting kids to programs and opportunities that exist in the community.
For Tony Sizemore, who is a Deputy Chief for the Cape Coral Police Department, the success of the program is tied to personal connections, mentoring and relationship building that benefits the young athletes who are in the program.
“I’m just a local guy trying to do right by my hometown,” said Sizemore, who grew up in the Cape, graduated from Mariner High School and Hodges University and lists football, baseball and track and field as sports he participated in.
“We are looking to identify kids in the community who need an outlet or an activity or a sport to get involved with. What we try to do is connect them,” continued Sizemore.
The PAL program is tapping into the strong youth sports foundation that already exists in the Cape.
“We support our local police department. We are a blessed community, and we value the work our police department is doing to support kids by giving them something to strive for and keep them on a positive path, said Michael Chatman, President & CEO, Cape Coral Community Foundation.” I cherish the relationship I have personally built withTony Sizemore and his dedicated team of volunteers.”
The Cape Coral Community Foundation staff, Board of Directors and donors congratulate the Cape Coral Police Athletic League for receiving the $4,500 gift from two anonymous donors who support their vision and mission.
On Sunday May 10, 2020 at 12 pm, local public safety departments participated in a First Responder Lights and Siren Parade for Selena.
Selena is an 11-year-old girl who is a huge supporter of all first responders. Over the years, Selena has given thank you cards, flags, prayer cards and had a toy station for law enforcement officers to have in their departments. The toy stations were stocked with toys to give children who were affected by crime to help ease their pain.
Members of the Cape Coral Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office gave a very special girl named a lights and sirens parade and thanked her for always supporting our first responders on her ‘Gotcha Day”.
Florida PBS stations, including WGCU, have changed their weekday television schedules to air programming supporting students now learning at home.
From 6:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, specific blocks of time will serve levels from Pre-K through 12th grade, covering subjects including English language arts, social studies, science, and math.
These programs are aligned to state standards and are free and accessible from home. WGCU expects to begin broadcasting these programs Monday, March 23 at 6:30 a.m.
Realizing that not all students in our coverage area will have internet access throughout the day, Florida PBS decided to offer this specific educational programming on television — although it is supplemented with additional resources at wgcu.org/education.
Regularly scheduled PBS Kids programs normally found on WGCU HD can be viewed at WGCU 30.5 (or the channel assigned by your provider) or online at wgcukids.org. How-to programs normally found on WGCU HD can be viewed Create 30.3. Checkwgcu.org/tvschedules or updated the new educational television schedule, go to wgcu.org/education.
“Creating blocks of quality programming for teachers to assign to their classes to view at home, keeps everyone engaged. This is a game-changer that can level the technology playing field. PBS has always been about expanding knowledge,” said Randy Wright, chair of Florida Public Media.
Teachers can follow up with discussion questions, worksheets, or hands-on projects and experiments when they communicate with their students.
“This is an opened-ended commitment to support kids, families, and educators during this unprecedented crisis. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our program offerings to maximize WGCU’s benefit to the many communities we serve as events warrant,” said WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson.
To view the new educational television schedule, go towgcu.org/education.Teachers, administrators, school staff, parents or students with questions can contact Pamela James email@example.com.
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