+ The gift of education
The Stephen and Janine Marrone Foundation gifted $100,000 and a match grant of $300,000 to Incarnation Catholic School of Sarasota to help cover education costs for students. The Marrone Foundation has pledged to match donations and gifts of up to $300,000 over the next nine months. The foundation stated it chose Incarnation School for its strong Catholic values, success of its students and its U.S. Department of Education designation as a National Blue Ribbon School.
+ Improving literacy
Sarasota High School teachers have started a literacy team to incorporate more comprehensive reading into their curriculum. Teachers will attend trainings to learn how to facilitate different reading techniques for students, including asking more in-depth questions about the text, having students take notes while reading and looking at graphs and photos before reading the text. Teachers are preparing students for the type of text analysis they will encounter in college and as adults.
+ Advocacy learning
Nine students in Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting’s Temple Sinai confirmation class attended the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, in Washington, D.C.. The students learned about public policy issues, explored the Jewish values surrounding those issues and learned how to lobby for social action.
The Religious Action Center invites 2,000 high school students from across the country to a series of sessions throughout the spring.
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27 Thanksgiving Free Public Talk & Veggie Potluck
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
29 Light Up Siesta Village and Holiday Parade
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
30 Advent Procession
3 Rachel's Challenge Anti-Bullying Event hosted by The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The gift of music
Riverview High School received a donation of $5,000 during a break in the Kiltie Band Fall concert on Nov. 20.
Coming together for the community
All Faiths Food Bank called on volunteers to help distribute 7,000 Thanksgiving dinners Saturday.
Observer on the hunt for displays
We’re making our list of the best holiday lights displays in Sarasota and checking it twice.