Throughout Southwest Orlando, parents, teachers and children prepared for the first day of school. From preplanning to meet-the-teacher events to the first day, it’s been a bustle of activity gearing up for the 2017-18 academic year.
Ocoee Middle School’s core team and staff volunteers play Escape the Staff Meeting during the school’s preplanning.
At the end of the 2016-17 school year, Holy Family Catholic School teachers and staff members bid farewell to nearly 70 students — the graduates of the Class of 2017.
There was a “student mutiny, tug-of-war and race for orphans” during the whirlwind Catholic Schools Week at Holy Family Catholic School. The week began with an open house to give prospective students’ parents a look behind the classroom doors. Nearly 700 students, from pre-K 3-year-olds to eighth-graders, took part in a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Orphans Rising Missions. The school also hosted a field day, Crazy Hair and Sock Day, talent show, Virtual Career Day and volunteer breakfast that honored all the people who make every event at HFCS possible.
compiled by Lauren Salinero
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.
Stilt walker Mike Weakley (back, center)entertains first-graders in Bay Meadows Elementary teacher Julie Gifford’s (not pictured) 2016 class during their end-of-the-year party.
Bay Meadows Elementary
Angela Blum, Bay Meadows Elementary PTA member and homeroom mother for teacher Julie Gifford, coordinated an end-of-the-year party for Ms. Gifford’s 2015-16 first-graders. During the carnival-themed event, stilt walker Mike Weakley made the children balloon hats and displayed his …