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Mediacap011The Bank of America Foundation recently presented a $5,000 check to Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties.

“The award of $5,000 will be used to provide college and career readiness training,” said Carman Cullen, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation of Lake County.

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship.

Local money raised for scholarships is matched through the project STARS program, doubling the impact on the community.

For Information on volunteering, mentoring or becoming a donor for either organization, please contact weidnerg@lake.k12.fl.us, or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.

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kentuckyderbyfroliclogoThe Educational Foundation of Lake County and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties are joining forces and hosting the Kentucky Derby Frolic on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

The event will be held at Al-Marah Arabian Horse Stables at 11105 Autumn Lane in Clermont from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm. Al-Marah has the oldest privately owned band of Arabian horses in the world and attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy dressage and jumping exhibitions as well as see the Black Stallion perform the Liberty demonstration.

Traditional derby fare will be served with mint juleps and everything is included in the ticket price of $75. Park and Ride transportation from Mount Dora, Tavares, Leesburg and Lady Lake is available at no charge.

Over $5,000 in prizes are in the live auction and can be purchased with play money won from betting on the Derby which will be shown on four television screens. J. Scott’s Skin Care and Day Spa is pampering the winner of the Best Hat Contest with a full spa experience.

Tickets can be ordered at www.edfoundationlake.com or by calling 352-326-1265.

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The Scott Strong Memorial Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for the Scott Strong Scholarship. The $2,000 award may be used for books, fees or tuition at any technical center, college or university.

aboveallentriesApplicants must have a 2.5 or higher GPA, have a track record of community involvement or volunteerism, and plan to graduate from Lake County public school in 2015.

Submit applications to the Educational Foundation of Lake County at 2045 Pruitt Street Leesburg, FL 34748 by 5 p.m. on March 10.

Scott Strong served as a Lake County School Board member from 2000 to 2008 and was named Consortium of Florida Education Foundation (CFEF) School Board Member of the Year in 2008 for the state of Florida. He loved his community and worked tirelessly to make Lake County a better place especially in education. Since the fund was established in 2009, 63 students have received over $50,000

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 Ducks invade Lake County Schools


Duck invades Lake County Schools

A giant duck landed at Treadway Elementary today kicking off the No Duck Left Behind Rubber Ducky Race and Carnival. Thousands of rubber duckies will race to the finish line on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Wooton Park in Tavares from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Duck adoptions can be made at 28 participating schools or on-line at www.edfoundation.com.

The cost is 1 duck for $5 or 3 ducks for $10. The winner of the race will receive a $5000 college scholarship and 8 other lucky winners will receive a $1500 Sylvan Learning Scholarship, IPad mini, IPod, flat screen TV, Wet N Wild tickets, Universal tickets, Beats by DRE or a $100 gift card. School booths with food and games will surround the free moonwalks and obstacle courses. Don’t miss this great family fun day.  For more information call 352-326-1265 or Cullen-battc@lake.k12.fl.us .

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The Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, now in its 13th year of providing immersive “edu-tainment” to Central Florida residents, is offering patrons even more opportunities to step back in time.

What began in 2002 as a small, local event is now a multi-weekend festival which attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over Central Florida. Originally sponsored by PALS of Lake and Sumter Counties, the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire has served as one of the primary fundraising events for the Educational Foundation of Lake County since 2003.

The Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire“We’ve been experiencing growing pains for some time,” says the Faire’s co-founder and Entertainment Director Michael Dempsey. “Our patrons, vendors and entertainers have been asking us for years to expand to two weekends but it wasn’t until this year that we finally felt ready to take the leap.”

In addition to running for a longer period of time this year, the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire is also moving to a brand new location; a rustic, well-shaded site at the corner of State Road 19 and County Road 448 in Tavares, a mile from its former location at Hickory Point Park. Recently built volleyball courts at the park hastened the Educational Foundation’s decision to find a new location for the Faire but Dempsey notes that the popular event outgrew the limits of the park some years ago and welcomes the opportunity to bring in a wider mix of entertainers.

“Patrons are going to love the new site,” says the Faire’s Marketing Director, Jennifer Dempsey. “It feels like some enchanted, magical forest lifted from the pages of a Shakespearean play.”

“Our emphasis has always been on making the Faire a fully immersive, educational experience,” says Educational Foundation Executive Director Carman Cullen. “When patrons arrive to the new site, they will find over 100 actors recreating life in an authentic 17th Century European estate and village. Various entertainments of the period will be featured including knights in armor, jousters, human combat chessmen, games of skill, pirates, madrigal singers, dancers, and comedians.”

Though the Faire offers significant educational value, a good measure of fun and intrigue is always added to the fictional storyline which guides the many ornately costumed reenactors interactions with Faire’s patrons. In this year’s tale, the year is 1606 and fairegoers have been invited to Lady Arabella Stuart’s estate to enjoy the annual Autumn Festival. Guy Fawkes’ Gun Powder Plot of the year previous has been foiled but conspiracies still run rampant within the hallowed sanctum of the Court of King James 1.

Students and history buffs of all ages are encouraged to visit the Village of Shrewsbury, a living history museum displaying more than fourteen essential occupations of the time and offering a variety of fun, hands-on experiential learning opportunities designed to bring history alive. Brought back this year by popular request is another opportunity for patrons to declare their love for one another in a handfasting/vow renewal ceremony led by the King. All handfasting participants will receive a personalized certificate suitable for framing. To reserve space, please call the Educational Foundation of Lake County at (352) 326-1265 or look for sign up information at the Faire site.

King James 1st will also be presiding over a daily knighting ceremony for children. Returning to the entertainment lineup at the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire this year are “Empty Hats,” “Washing Well Wenches,” “The DaVinci Brothers,” “Blackbeard the Pirate,” “Emrys Fleet,” “Matilda’s Ladies,” “The Bawdy Boys,” “Celtic Mayhem,” “Johnny Phoenix,” and “Rascal Roberts.”

New this year will be “Three Pints Gone,” a Celtic music trio, “Matrimoniacs,” a physical comedy troupe and “Noble Cause Productions,” a live combat jousting group. New artisans and merchants will also be joining returning shopkeepers to offer Faire patrons an ever-changing variety of period attire, jewelry and other unique wares. In addition, specialty food vendors will delight fairegoers’ palates with many offerings from the popular turkey leg to scotch eggs.

For those patrons ages 21+ who want to party like it’s 1599, beer, wine and mead will be served at Lord Edward’s Pub, the Pirate Pub and The Drunk Monk Pub. Here, adults will be entertained by bawdier entertainment acts not typically seen at this otherwise family-friendly event including “The Bawdy Boys” and “The Washing Well Wenches.”

The 13th annual Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, now located at the intersection of State Road 19 and County Road 448 in Tavares, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, Sunday, Nov. 2, Friday, Nov. 7, Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9. Regular admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12 with children 3 and under free. Seniors are invited to take advantage of the $5 Senior Rate on “Senior Day,” Friday, Nov. 7, from 12 to 5 p.m. Tickets are only available at the gate.

Teachers and Homeschoolers are encouraged to take advantage of the “Education Day” rate of $5 for Students and $5 for Chaperones on Education Day, Friday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are only available at the gate. To save time standing in line and money, patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online at http://www.medievalfest.com/tickets.htm. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate during each day of the event.

For more event details, visit www.lakerenfaire.com or contact at cullenc@lake.k12.fl.us or (352) 326-1265. For location and directions information go to www.lakerenfaire.com.

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Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties received a generous donation of $25,000 at the Rotary Club of the Villages weekly membership meeting this month.

tsic1The Rotary Club and its members have been a longtime supporter of the Take Stock in Children program, not just through donations but many of the members are mentors for the program as well. The Rotary Club held its 17th Annual Firefight Chili Cook-Off in February 2014 at Sumter Landing in the Villages. The Take Stock in Children team took third place for best booth with this year’s themed booth being “Peace, Love and Chili.”

“The award of $25,000 will be used to provide a two-year Florida Pre-Paid Scholarship to six students in our community”, said Gail Weidner, Program Manager of Take Stock in Children.

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship.

For Information on volunteering, mentoring or becoming a donor, please contact weidnerg@lake.k12.fl.us, or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.

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For the third consecutive year, there is an increase in the number of Lake County schools receiving the Florida Department of Education’s Golden School Award, which recognizes exemplary programs that promote parent and community involvement in education.

Surpassing a record set last year for the Lake County School District, 19 local schools were recently honored at a School Board meeting for receiving the state award. Schools receiving the honor included:

  • Beverly Shores Elementary
  • Clermont Elementary
  • East Ridge Middle
  • Fruitland Park Elementary
  • Grassy Lake Elementary
  • Groveland Elementary
  • Leesburg Elementary
  • Lost Lake Elementary
  • Minneola Charter Elementary
  • Pine Ridge Elementary
  • Round Lake Elementary Conversion Charter
  • Sawgrass Bay Elementary
  • Seminole Springs Elementary
  • Sorrento Elementary
  • Tavares Elementary
  • Treadway Elementary
  • Triangle Elementary
  • Umatilla Elementary
  • Villages Elementary

The Golden School is presented to schools that meet the following criteria: provides faculty training/orientation on volunteerism, designates a school volunteer coordinator to provide leadership for the school volunteer program, and fulfills a total number of hours in volunteer service that equals twice the number of students enrolled in the school. Hours donated from all forms of volunteering (i.e., mentors, tutors, advisors and advocates) are included.

For more information about volunteering, contact the Educational Foundation of Lake County at (352) 326-1265 or log on to www.edfoundationlake.com.

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