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Congratulations to the Fifth Graders and TagArt

Vickie Potts, Dora Smith, and Kim Jones all of the Charlotte County Tax Collectors office attended awards ceremonies at the ten elementary schools to present certificates and prize money to the winners of the Tag Art 2014-15 art project. Press Release and MORE INFO or to Purchase a Tag Click Here

Many thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and supporters this year.

We received funds for scholarships for the 2015-16 incoming class from

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Placida Rotary Club
  • Peninsula Property
  • Individual Donors

Two full named scholarships

  • Mosaic
  • Englewood Youth Foundation (Rotary Club of Englewood) 

Your contributions allow us to continue to purchase Florida Prepaid scholarships for the Take Stock in Children program. 

  • Students are selected in the 8th grade. 
  • They must attend weekly mentoring sessions with a volunteer mentor,
  • Maintain a 2.5 or better GPA
  • Exhibit good citizenship throughout high school. 

With this in mind, we will be looking for 12 additional mentors for the incoming selected 8th graders for the 2015-16 school year.

Star Filled Celebration - Take Stock in Children

On May 13 the Charlotte County Take Stock in Children held their "Star Filled Celebration" to honor our graduating seniors, recognize our continuing scholars, and induct our new eighth graders. We were honored to have Take Stock in Children Regional Director Marilyn Fashano; alumni Taylor Duckett, recent graduate of University of Miami; and Cindy Helton, Executive Director of Suncoast Credit Union Foundation as our guest speakers. Also, graduating senior, Rebecca Corvil shared Words of Wisdom for the remaining classes.

More Photos of the Event - also check our Facebook page

Mentor Mixer

On Friday, May 8 the Board of Trustees held a mentor mixer at Trabue Restaurant to thank the reading and Take Stock in Children mentors for all their work with the students of Charlotte County Public Schools. A raffle was also held that included four tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays Baseball game. The winner was reading mentor Maureen Winsor. (She is pictured on the right with Mary Fred Clemmons, Executive Director; and Kim Amontree, CLEF VP). Congratulations!

Pictured above left: Kim Amontree and Michael Hirst; Right: Dr. Fred Swing and Jules Jean-Pierre. Lower Left: Mr. & Mrs. MacDonald and Right: Vanessa Oliver and Chris Grant.

More Photos of the Event - also check our Facebook page

Congratulations Paul Atherton

CenturyLink Teachers & Technology Grant

On Monday, May 4, Shelly Chitwood and Amy Biener of CenturyLink, surprised Paul Atherton of Kingsway Elementary with a $5,000 grant to be used for the auditory and motor integration training for students with autism spectrum disability. The grant is made possible by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. CLEF says Congratulations!


Pictured with Paul are his fellow Kingsway Elementary School cohorts.




Launch a Scholar!

With your help, we raised money for

one scholarship for our 2020 class.

*You can still donate towards a scholarship for our 2020 class. Just click the donate button.

It's A Goal

Deep Creek STEM Project

STEM Teacher, Alicen Rhodes at Deep Creek Elementary received funding through an AT&T grant to create a Lego project called Goal Keeper.  The objective for the students was to build and program a mechanical goal keeper that was motorized to move back and forth to block a paper ball from a goal.          

This grant was made available through Charlotte Local Education Foundation.  Because CLEF is a member of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, grants such as AT&T can be funded and made available to teachers annually. MORE INFO

Take Stock in Children 2014 Accountability Report

To see the entire report, click on the image above.



Building Student Success

The Charlotte Local Education Foundation, Inc. is Connecting Children, Classrooms and Community to build “Student Success.” Please join us as we plan for the future!

Since 1989 we have provided support to Charlotte County Public Schools, through programs such as:

  • Take Stock in Children scholarship mentoring program
  • Teacher Supply Depot
  • Teacher and Support Employee of the Year event

Help Support your Charlotte County Schools...

CLEF is Connecting Children, Classrooms, and Communities

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics provides an opportunity for local schools and non-profit organizations to pursue grant funding to work with local businesses to further workplace based experiences for students by increasing the student’s awareness and interest in STEM careers.

YOU can help your school system by...

Teacher and Support Employee of the Year: our annual, signature event honoring outstanding educators and support staff who make a difference for our students each day. MORE INFO

Payroll Deduction: Thank you to all the Charlotte County Public School Employees who donate to the Take Stock In Children and CLEF programs for students and teachers through the Payroll Deduction Program. You are making a difference in the lives of our students. MORE INFO

License Plates: show your support of the Charlotte County and Florida state school system by purchasing the "Support Education" license plate for your vehicles. Your support goes directly to public schools in your county, funding programs not supported by tax dollars, such as: Extra reading help for students in grades K-3, Mentoring for at-risk students, Classroom innovations for teachers and students, Enrichment in math and science, and Music programs for special needs children. MORE INFO

Take Stock in Children: by mentoring a student or providing a donation for a scholarship, you can be a part of a statewide program in our local community, by bettering Charlotte County - one student at a time! READ MORE

Teacher Supply Depot: a "store" where educators can get free stuff for their classrooms. Donations of new and gently-loved school and office supplies, as well as craft and recycled materials are always appreciated! MORE INFO

For more Charlotte County Schools information click here.