The Manatee County School District honored East County middle school teacher Carrie Rainwater Thursday night, as one of the county's top educators, during the EdVantage Education Awards ceremony.
Rainwater, an eighth-grade science teacher at Nolan Middle School, was one of four finalists recognized March 6, for the Educator of theYear award.
Teacher Zadda Bazzy, music teacher at Oneco Elementary, took home the Educator of the Year title, while Todd Persinger, head custodian at Anna Maria Island Elementary School, won Support Employee of the Year.
Incoming Superintendent Rick Mills made his debut as part of the ceremony.
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Coats for kids
Knights of Columbus Councils are helping children in need by providing coats to children in their communities through the order’s Coats for Kids program.
Santa and his elf made a surprise stop Dec. 13, at WineStyles, in San Marco Plaza, by Harley-Davidson motorcycle, during the store’s weekly Friday night wine-tasting event.
Members and guests of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club ventured Dec. 4 to Orlando, to view holiday decorations at the Grand Floridian and to have lunch at Downtown Disney.