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Teen Parent Program Requests Community Support

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TAVARES — The Lake County Schools Teen Parent Program is requesting donations of crucial supplies needed to help teen parents and their children in these tough economic times. Donations may be dropped off at any Lake County public high school.

“Because of the high unemployment rate, it is becoming harder and harder for the teen parent students to provide their children with necessary items,” said Maggie Teachout, Director of Lake County Schools Career, Adult & Community Education Department. “Last year, we received generous donations from the Sons of AMVETS Post 1992 in Mount Dora and Sweetbay Supermarket, and each year the Lake County Library System and Cooper Memorial Library donates children’s books. This year the need continues, and we do not want our teen parent students to drop out of school in order to adequately provide for their children.”

The following consumable items are needed (all of these items must be new and unopened):
•    Diapers, sizes 2-6
•    Baby wipes
•    Baby shampoo & baby wash
•    Diaper rash cream
•    Thermometers
•    Replacement nipples for baby bottles

Also being accepted are new or gently used:
•    Board books
•    Socks of all sizes
•    Hats
•    Gloves
•    Baby bottles
•    Bottle brushes
•    Sippy cups
•    Potty chairs

In addition, new baby and toddler car seats are needed; safety regulations prevent the acceptance of used car seats.

The mission of the Lake County Schools Teen Parent Program is to ensure that all teen parents have the opportunity to graduate from high school and be prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. While being encouraged to continue their education, the students are also instructed in proper prenatal care and appropriate child nurturing skills. During the 2009-2010 school year, the Teen Parent Resource Teachers served 132 students and 79 babies and toddlers.

The teen parent program is a voluntary student support and assistance program designed to provide a specialized parenting curriculum and coordination of ancillary services to meet the needs of students who are pregnant and students who are mothers or fathers.


LSCC Foundation is on its way to Raising $200,000 with the Help of the Community

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altThe Lake-Sumter Community College Foundation, Inc. kicked off their 2010 Annual Campaign: Changing Lives…Building Futures on September 7, 2010 with the goal to raise $200,000, and thanks to the help of the community, Board of Directors, and Faculty and Staff at LSCC, has already raised close to $100,000. “The Changing Lives and Building Futures campaign goes far beyond raising funds, it’s a broader goal to help establish a stronger culture of giving that affords more opportunities for the students of LSCC,” said Rosanne Brandeburg, Executive Director.

During the past 30 years, more than 10,000 students have received a scholarship from the LSCC Foundation, Inc. Many have graduated and have had a significant impact on their fields of expertise, their families and their communities. Our donors are increasingly more aware that a college education from LSCC has positive ripple effects for generations to come in our community. Because of our generous donors, many of these students are where they are today because of a Lake-Sumter Community College Foundation Scholarship, and you can be a part of this positive change by making a donation to the 2010 Annual Campaign.

The 2010 Annual Campaign provides financial assistance for need based and merit based scholarships to help students on the path to a college education and a successful career. As we move forward in these challenging economic times, LSCC will continue to experience enrollment growth resulting in more students seeking financial assistance from the LSCC Foundation, Inc. with the hopes to achieve their dream of a college education. Financial donations from the community are what make the difference in a student's life because more than half the students enrolled at LSCC do not qualify for other forms of financial aid.

The LSCC Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors is leading the annual campaign under the direction Lori Baker, Isaac Deas, Jim Judge and Reda Stewart. Each year the LSCC Foundation raises funds from friends and supporters to help keep education at Lake-Sumter Community College affordable and to ensure educational excellence for all students.

“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous level of support Lake-Sumter Community College receives from its alumni and friends, corporations, foundations and many organizations,” said Brandeburg.  “Private support is very important to the mission of the college, and the generosity of these donors benefits every student, faculty and staff member, and user of LSCC’s services.”

To contribute to this year's campaign, donations may be mailed to the Lake-Sumter Community College Foundation, Inc. at 9501 U.S. Hwy. 441, Leesburg, FL 34788 or make a donation online at http://www.lscc.edu/foundation/donate.aspx. For more information on how to support Lake-Sumter Community College Foundation, Inc. reach its goal of $200,000 contact Rosanne Brandeburg, Executive Director at (352)365-3518 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The LSCC Foundation, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to securing and managing gifts and grants that benefit Lake-Sumter Community College.


Scouting for Food

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alt It is time for the Boy Scouts of America's annual national SCOUTING FOR FOOD campaign.
This weekend Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts all over the U.S. will be leaving bags on doorsteps for residents to fill with non-perishable items.
The bags are collected by the same scouts the following week and distributed to local food pantries. Boy Scout Troop 998 would like to bring the Scouting for Food experience to Family Christian Center!
The Boy Scouts from Troop 998 will be at FCC this weekend during all of the service times to collect food that the congregation brings in to them.
The first food pantry to benefit from Scouting For Food will be our own FCC Food Pantry! You don't need a special bag, just bring in your canned goods or non-perishable food items in any bag from home and hand them to a Troop 998 Scout in uniform before any of this weekend's services.
It is our Scouts goal to not have one person go hungry during the upcoming holiday season and to collect as much food as possible for the community.
Will you please join Troop 998 accomplish their goal for our community.


Pet CPR & First Aid Class

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altAnother Pet CPR & First Aid class will be offered on November 18th at the Villages Public Library from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. which will benefit the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County. The cost is $25/student and only 10 slots remain available. Interested persons are to sign up on the HS/SPCA website hsspca.org by paying via the Paypal “Donate” button to reserve a slot. Insert "Pet CPR" in the info/memo line. Pre-registration can also be accepted via the mail at the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc., PO Box 67, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538. It is suggested to call their office at 352-793-9117 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (their new email address) to confirm availability and reservation of a slot.

Cat or dog First Aid manuals (which include a DVD also) are also available for only $17 each. “These make great holiday gifts for any pet lovers” noted Pet CPR instructor Tina Andes.

The Villages Library is at the corner of Parr Dr. & Belvedere Blvd. just off of CR 466. This course will provide hands-on instruction on animal mannequins so please do not bring pets to the course. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the HS/SPCA Animal Care Fund.


Culinary Students ask Public for Support

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EUSTIS — Five hundred doesn’t seem like a lot, but when considering a traditional holiday meal includes a turkey and more than several sides, including mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, collecting enough food to provide 500 local families with a Christmas Day dinner is a formidable task.

For the third year in a row, the Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts programs at Lake County’s high schools are gathering donations to provide Christmas Day dinners to 500 local families that are in need.

According to school officials, the culinary arts program gathered more than 400 dinners last year, and in the first year had meals for about 250 families. Nonetheless, the biggest challenge for the Christmas dinner food drive is getting the money to buy the turkeys.

The Christmas dinner food drive is a larger initiative for the high schools’ culinary programs to help the Christian Care Center in Leesburg.

Nearly every Wednesday, the culinary program at Eustis High School prepares meals for the Christian Care Center. Staff from the Center picks the food up and transports it to their facility. In addition, one day a month, the culinary students visit the Center to prepare a meal in its kitchen. On Oct. 24, Eustis High School's Culinary Program was out in full force to support the Christian Care Center. Chef Matthew Dennis at Umatilla High School also takes his culinary class once a month to the Christian Care Center.

“The ‘real world’ for the students is the cafeteria,” he said. “For them to see people and get involved to help them get a meal, that’s a good thing for the kids.”

As President of the American Culinary Federation, Gulf to Lakes Chapter, Dennis leans on major corporations, such as Publix and Sysco, to donate food for the local high schools community outreach.

“I’m hoping the 500 Christmas dinners will be easy to attain,” he said. “If each school brings in enough items for 100 sides and the community pitches in, it should help us reach our goal.”

To donate for the culinary programs’ Christmas dinner food drive, send a check payable to the American Culinary Association, Chefs Helping Chefs and mail it to the Culinary Arts Program at Eustis High School, 1300 E. Washington Ave., Eustis, FL 32726.

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