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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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Parenting Matters Expands Footprint into Sarasota County for Children and Families

As referrals for parental education and support have risen from local agencies and schools, Parenting Matters has recently stepped up to increase its services to meet the increasing demand. The organization recently hired three new Parenting Educators to serve more families in Sarasota County to address the greatest gap in parenting services, intensive home visits for high risk families.

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A Grassroots Effort Expands to Help Moms Support Moms

A mother’s love is what makes a house a home—but in some cases, it creates a grassroots movement. Since 1990, Mothers Helping Mothers, Inc., an all volunteer not-for-profit organization, has been providing basic necessities such as clothing and baby items free of charge to families in need in the Sarasota and surrounding counties.

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