Allie Gurgen Donates Money and more school news …

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Dr. Phillips Elementary

Dr. Phillips Elementary Principal Tiffany Smid and Partners in Education Coordinator Denise Hartman accepted a $280 check from Andrea Rodriguez of Flippers Pizzeria as part of the restaurant’s bottled water program. Flippers officials selected DPES as the 2016 recipient. For every Flippers bottle of water sold, it donated 25 cents. The establishment sold 1,120 bottles of water at its Dr. Phillips/Rialto location.

Bridgewater Middle

Parent Teacher Student Organization President Jennifer Benton (left) presents a $200 teacher grant to Bridgewater Middle teacher Derek Ihnenfeld.


Parent Teacher Student Organization President Jennifer Benton (left) presents a $300 teacher grant to Bridgewater Middle teacher Carla Ragusa.

Parent Teacher Student Organization President Jennifer Benton (center) presents $75 and $179 teacher grants to Bridgewater Middle teachers Michael Spangler (left) and Elizabeth Spangler, respectively.

Bridgewater Middle Parent Teacher Student Organization President Jennifer Benton presented teachers PTSO grants that will help enrich the academic in those teachers’ classrooms. The grants can be used to purchase items such as classroom library books, mathematical learning resources and electronic devices for digital curriculum and learning. Recipients included Nancy Ehlers, $64; Derek Ihnenfeld, $200; Kristen Kushner, $400; Carla Ragusa, $300; Michael Spangler, $75; and Elizabeth Spangler, $179.

Lakeview Middle

Representatives of Lakeview Middle welcomed the school’s newest faculty members, Leonda Broderick and Cynthia Johnson. Mrs. Broderick has accepted the clerk position with the school. She is a wife of 22 years to Patrick and mom to three daughters — Megan, 19; Caitlyn, 16; and Shannon, 12. She is a U.S. Army veteran and Girl Scout leader. She loves to play tennis, go to the beach, read, ride motorcycles with her husband, participate in outdoor activities, and spend time with her family. Mrs. Johnson is a sixth-grade math teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and has taught math to grades three, four, five and seven in Florida and South Carolina.

“My husband of 25 years and I have a 19-year-old daughter who is studying abroad this year and a 16-year-old son who is finishing up his associate in arts this semester, and then they both will be pursuing degrees in the medical field,” Mrs. Johnson wrote in an introductory letter. “My passions include teaching, exercise, cooking and spending time with my family. Motivating and supporting your child to attain the sixth-grade math standards is my top priority here at Lakeview Middle School. What a great ‘first-class family’ to belong to.”

Ocoee High

Students receive top instruction at the 2016 HapCo Jazz Fest.

Ocoee High will host the 2017 HapCo Jazz Fest on Feb. 4 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. As part of the event, local middle and high school bands will come together to learn from jazz professionals, including Scott Willson, the University of Florida jazz band director; Jeff Rupert, director of The Flying Horse Big Band aka The University Central Florida Jazz Ensemble; and Bernie Hendricks, Ocoee High jazz band director, in an all-day free clinic. The event, which is limited to 20 bands, will include group and breakout sessions, as well as information about educational and financial resources and guidance on pursuing professionals musical careers. Tickets at the door are $10 for students and $15 for adults.

Et Al

Registration for the Vans Custom Culture art competition ends Feb. 10, 2017. Vans officials invited high school art students throughout the country to join in the eighth annual art contest to embrace youth creativity and support arts education. School art teachers can register their classes to compete for a grand prize of $50,000 toward its art program by creating the most artistic and inventive designs using blank Vans shoes as a canvas. In addition, four runner-up schools will be rewarded $4,000 for their participation. Classes will be provided with four pairs of blank Vans shoes. For more information, visit on the web.

High-schoolers at The Crenshaw School happily use their phones during a class about internet safety and cyberbullying.

Holy Family Catholic School student Allie Gurgen (center) donates the money she raised from her lemonade stand to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Allie Gurgen of Holy Family Catholic School organized a lemonade stand to raise money for the homeless. She came up with the idea after seeing a homeless person on the side of the road and wanted to help.

“She had her first customers before we were even set up,” Barbara Lozano, Allie’s mother, said. “For 90 minutes, she held signs, called to everyone in sight, and learned what an Arnold Palmer was. She noticed some people were genuinely touched. Others simply ignored her. But she was undeterred … Never have I been prouder of this spunky, compassionate, determined 6-year-old!”

Allie was able to raise $103, which she donated to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Southwest-area students, teachers and parents can nominate their favorite school nurses for the 2017 America’s Greatest School Nurse contest, launched by Children’s Advil, Children’s Robitussin and Children’s Dimetapp. The deadline to enter is Feb. 23, 2017. One nurse from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., will be chosen as a finalist, and each will receive $500. Also, from March 27-April 16, 2017, consumers across the country can vote for their favorite of the 51 nurses who they deem the most deserving of the title. The winner wins a trip for himself/herself and up to three guests to the continental U.S. destination of his/her choice for eight days. To nominate a school nurse, visit on the web.

Greg Gordon and his daughter, Essie, attend Donuts with Dad at Christ The King Lutheran PreSchool.

Sean Hartman and his son, Liam, attend Donuts with Dad at Christ The King Lutheran PreSchool.

Keeyon Upkins and his son, Ashton, attend Donuts with Dad at Christ The King Lutheran PreSchool.

Christ The King Lutheran PreSchool held a Donuts with Dads event. While eating doughnuts, participating children decorated a picture frame with their fathers. Everyone enjoyed the quality time of learning together.

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