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Fair helps special education students plan for the future Pinellas County Schools has developed a special fair to help our high school students with disabilities plan for college, careers and life after high school.

ing, employment, college, military opportunities, supported living and additional resources. Families will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the district and various educational institutions and organizations.

The ESE College, Career & Life Fair will provide families with information about financial aid, career train-

The ESE College, Career & Life Fair will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m.

on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Pinellas Park High School, 6305 118th Ave. N. If you have questions or need a sign language interpreter, call Jayme Joslyn at 727-588-6000 ext. 5079. The ESE College, Career & Life Fair is especially important for 11th- and 12th-graders. The event will provide information about financial aid, career training, employment, college, military opportunities, supported living and additional resources.

Regions Bank helps students put their best foot forward

Lunch Pals mentoring program earns state award

Cindy McGarrigle of Regions Bank delivered hundreds of new shoes and socks for our students this week.

The Lunch Pals mentoring program was selected as the Elementary School Level winner of the 2017 Florida Association of Partners in Education Community Engagement Volunteer Award. As a result, district representatives will present the program in September at the 2017 Fall Leadership Conference in Orlando. The conference is hosted by the Florida Department of Education in conjunction with the 2017 Educational Strategies and Student Engagement Institute. The award also comes with a $500 prize.

The donations will go to students at Title I schools, which have high percentages of children from lowincome families. The items were donated by workers at local branches and community members as part of the bank’s Share the Good campaign.

Local Chamber of Commerce presents principal with Inspire Award Largo Middle School’s Principal Stephanie Joyner was the recent recipient of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Inspire Award. Presented by the Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Committee, the Inspire Award honors those who are making a difference in the community. This is the ninth year that the awards have been presented.

before taking the helm at Largo Middle School in 2013.

“This really goes to my family and my Largo Middle family,” Joyner said. “I work with a wonderful staff who are working hard at making students better.”

At Largo Middle School, she has implemented several programs that enhance student success. One of those programs is College for Every Student (CFES) which engages in three core practices which include mentoring, leadership through service pathways to college. The program helps underserved youth achieve college success. Last year, Largo Middle School was awarded the School Distinction Award for engaging in CFES’ three core practices.

Joyner has worked as a district middle school math teacher, an assistant principal and a district administrator

Joyner has one son and four years ago, she and her husband adopted a 2-yearold son from Haiti.

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Lunch Pals started in 2013 and allows employees of companies and community organizations to mentor 30 minutes once a week during a student’s lunch. The program started with one school and company, Mt. Vernon Elementary and Raymond James. Now, there are 51 community partners and businesses. At the end of 2016-17 school year, there were 707 students being mentored in the Lunch Pals program.

Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

Pictured left to right: Principal Stephanie Joyner, Largo Middle School secretary Katie Wiwi and WFLA’s Jenn Hollloway.

Gulf Coast Family - September 2017  

Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...