+ Happy feet
Summerfield resident Jody Hughes couldn’t resist sending in this picture of her 4-year-old twin sons, Nicholas and Christian, after friends encouraged her to do so.
“(The photo) is unique because it caught them with ‘both of their feet off the ground in the air at the same time,’ showing their excitement toward school,” Hughes says.
The children attend Sprouts Preschool at Harvest United Methodist Church.
+ East County to remember Sept. 11
East County residents are invited to commemorate the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, during a special remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. Sept. 11, at Manatee Technical Institute’s east campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.
GreyHawk Landing’s Garrett Lindgren, who worked as a New York City firefighter at the time of the attack, will be the keynote speaker.
+ Concert benefits Manasota B.U.D.S.
As Wild Ginger takes the stage at 6 p.m. Sept. 7, at Lakewood Ranch Main Street’s Music on Main event, East County residents can rally for a cause.
The evening’s proceeds from beer, wine and food sales will benefit Manasota B.U.D.S. (Bringing Up Down Syndrome).
+ Businesses, church help local schools
Two businesses and a church recently held collection drives for school supplies to help local families in need.
Kerkering Barberio’s young professionals recently joined with other accounting firms to participate in the Global Volunteer Week.
In conjunction with Leading EdgeAlliance, Barberio’s young professionals collected more than 500 school items and more than $700 in cash for Gocio Elementary School.
“For this event, Kerkering Barberio and its young professionals joined other CPA firms world-wide to come together for a common goal and to champion a cause we are passionate about, “ said Rob Lane, managing shareholder.
Additionally, Fifth Third Bank collected enough school supplies during its annual “Back to School” supply drive to fill 1,000 backpacks. The Manatee Education Foundation received a portion of the supplies to provide to local children.
Children at Peace Presbyterian Church also collected 75 backpacks for children at Mission Beth-El in Wimauma, a farm worker mission supported by the church. Children collected school supplies and $170 in cash to donate, as well.
+ Tara teachers earn grants
Six teachers at Tara Elementary School won Manatee Education Foundation grants for the 2012-13 school year. Grant recipients were Mary Searing, Amy Willis, Joan Novak, Tricia Buckstein, Charlene Backhus and Linda Haluska.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Kiddie Academy Egg Hunt
Children at Kiddie Academy enjoyed visits with the Easter Bunny, as well as an Easter egg hunt April 17, on the school's playground.
PHOTO GALLERY: Class 7A-District 10 Semifinal Softball- Lakewood Ranch vs. Sarasota
The No. 2 seed Lakewood Ranch High softball team defeated No. 3 seed Sarasota 9-1 in the Class 7A-District 10 semifinals April 15. Freshman Logan Newton allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings of work to earn the win on the mound. Junior Amanda Rak pitched the final two innings in relief, striking out five, to earn the save. Jackie Schoff went 1-for-1 with a double, three walks, a stolen base, a RBI and three runs scored to lead the way for Lakewood at the plate. Maddie Biggs went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored. Kaylee Misiti went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. SaraBeth Wengerd went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to lead the way for Sarasota at the plate. Clarissa Lynch pitched 1/3 of an inning before turning the ball over to Brittany Bendel. Lakewood Ranch will travel to rival Braden River for the district championship April 17.
The Good News: Terry Stottlemyer and Madeline Brogan
The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization provides assistance for struggling mothers through community donations.