Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Board Approves $4.9 Million in Grant Funding

Recent funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation continues its focus on mental health, education, and creating intergenerational cycles of opportunity for families. “Margie once told us, ‘We can’t change the world, but we can change little pieces of it and hope for a ripple effect.’ In every way, Chuck

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UnidosNow Ramps up Preparation for Community’s Future Latino Leaders

With the average ratio of 500 students to one academic advisor in our public high schools, students’ resources are limited when it comes time for assistance with college and scholarship applications. The impact is especially harder on students from low-income homes and those who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Fortunately, organizations like UnidosNow are providing expanded opportunities for students to navigate the pathway to college enrollment.

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Students Help Students Get Innovative at Sarasota County Schools

The Venice High School students sitting at their desks during a special presentation on November 7 looked just about how you’d expect a room of teenagers to look at 7:45 a.m. Chins cradled in hands on desktops, faces void of emotion, listening politely but without much engagement. Fast-forward 20 minutes and those same students are electric with excitement, laughing, smiling, engaged. What changed? The students were seeing their newly remodeled Intensive Language Arts (ILA) classrooms for the very first time.

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Girls Inc. Flips the Switch on Largest Solar Array in Sarasota County

What if kids were put in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency? “If only,” says Girls Inc. of Sarasota County.This month the youth-serving organization activated the largest private canopy of solar panels in Sarasota County. Their facilities now operate fully on renewable energy, and the switch will save the organization more than $20,000 in utility expenses each year.

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Partnership Rises to Address Disruptive Learning

Walk into a classroom today and you will see that teachers do much more than teach. Often, a teacher is a social worker and first-responder. A seven-year old should never be literally ripping their hair out or throwing chairs in class due to stress at home. However, it’s happening right here in our community, and schools can’t keep up.

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