Support Employee of the Year Finalists Selected

Melanie Eastman, Charlotte Virtual School, CTC, Data Entry

Sandra Oakes, Charlotte Tech Center, Administrative Assistant

Patricia LaBella, Murdock Middle School, Cafeteria Manager

Neysa Juan Febus, Port Charlotte Middle, Para II

Debbie Hemphill, Charlotte Harbor Center, Para III

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Take Stock in Children 8th Grade Scholarship Recipients

This year the selected scholars are:(back row) Omehvy Rivera-Martinez & Richard Tucker of Murdock Middle Steven Clyod & Brisilda Bejte of Punta Gorda Middle; Patricia Fuller of LA Ainger Middle; Michael Fishetti of Murdock Middle. (front row) Marissa Cavaliere of Port Charlotte Middle; Alex Roberson of LA Ainger; Anthony Genik & Lea Hendrickson of Punta Gorda Middle; Brandon Garcia & Kaitlin Kirkpatrick of Port Charlotte Middle.

We welcomed them to Take Stock in Children on December 3.

More Photos - Press Release

Teacher of the Year Finalists Selected

Jaclyn Cushman, Chorus, Charlotte High & Punta Gorda Middle

Mike Fullington, Economics, Port Charlotte High

Susan Heneka, 5th Grade, Deep Creek Elementary

Tim Ostrow, Band, LA Ainger Middle

Matina Pulliam, Social Studies, Port Charlotte High

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Take Stock in Children 2014 Accountability Report

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

2014-15 CenturyLink STEM Grants are now open.

The Teachers and Technology grant funded by Century Link through the Consortium of Education Foundations is now open.  This is a very competitive grant for up to $5,000.  Last year Vicki Polk at Peace River Elementary won $5,000 for Reflex Math. Please note the time line: Grant funding will be awarded in April 2015 and grant cycle will end December 2015.  Previous winners are not eligible.  

 More Info -- Grant Application Sample

Thank you to Wells Fargo

Charlotte Local Education Foundation received $2,500 from Wells Fargo to go towards the Take Stock in Children scholarship program in Charlotte County.

Mark your Calendars

The State of Education Breakfast with Superintendent Dr. Doug Whittaker will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in conjunction with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Coffee. More Info


Take Stock in Children Alumni Speaks

Tommy Thomas, 2010 graduate of Port Charlotte High and currently attending University of Central Florida, recently was a guest speaker at the annual Take Stock in Children Conference held in Orlando in early September. Tommy gave special credit to his mentor, Geri Waksler. He is pictured here with Mary Fred Clemmons, Executive Director of Charlotte Local Education Foundation.


Congratulations to Executive Director

Mary Fred Clemmons


While attending the annual Take Stock in Children Conference in Orlando, Mary Fred Clemmons, Executive Director of CLEF, received her 15+ years of service award. Way to go Mary Fred - we are proud of you!

View Press Release here.


Thank you Punta Gorda Rotary Club

On Tuesday, September 9, Frank Bell of the Punta Gorda Rotary Club, presented Geri Waksler, President of Charlotte Local Education Foundation, a check for $14,000 for Charlotte County Public Schools "Techsmart" Classrooms at the district middle schools. This award was presented during the school district monthly board meeting. Pictured from left to right: Chuck Bradley, Asst. Superintendent; Dr. Whittaker, Superintendent; Lee Swift and Bob Segur, School Board; Frank Bell; Ian Vincent, School Board; Geri Waksler; Alleen Miller and Barbara Rendell, School Board.

Congratulations Sharon Bruno

Sharon was selected as the 2015 Teacher of the Year for CCPS. She recently attended the 2015 State Teacher of the Year Roundtable and received the Governor's Shine Award.

Governor Rick Scott, Sharon Bruno, First Lady Ann Scott, and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart.



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...

The purpose of Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) is to raise financial support for Charlotte County Public Schools and mentoring programs through fundraising events.

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.