MTI blood drive syncs with 9/11 rites

September 11, 2013 

MTI blood drive syncs with 9/11 ceremony

MANATEE -- Manatee Technical Institute will hold remembrances Wednesday for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at its Main and East Campuses.

Manatee Technical Institute East and the Lakewood Ranch Community Activities group will co-host the community gathering from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. around the flagpole at the East Campus. Garrett Lindgren, a survivor and vice president of the Retired Fire Fighters from 9/11 will be guest speaker.

The Manatee Technical Institute Main Campus remembrance will take place at the new campus on State Road 70 East. SkillsUSA students will hold the remembrance in Cantrell Hall from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Student Victor Phelps, a retired 27-year Army veteran and commander of the newly formed Manatee Technical Institute Veterans Association, Gamma Iota Xi, will be master of ceremonies.

The Main Campus remembrance will be followed by a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Information: Kelly Ewing at 751-7900, ext. 1107.

SCF campuses plan 9/11 commemoration

The State College of Florida Bradenton, Venice and Lakewood Ranch campuses will each host 9/11 ceremonies Wednesday.

The ceremony at State College of Florida Lakewood will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a moment of silence and meditation at the flagpole.

State College of Florida Venice will begin at 8:55 a.m. at the main flagpole at the entrance of the campus.

State College of Florida Bradenton will hold ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. at the campus ministry building and 10:15 a.m. at the flagpole at the 26th Street entrance.

Imagine School at LWR to have book fair, open house

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Selenia Quinones, school leader for Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch, and a team of 25 teachers and staff were honored recently as Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch was recognized at the Imagine education forum in Orlando for its shared values of "justice, integrity and fun."

Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch also received an achievement award for Parent Choice, which reflects a high level of parent satisfaction with school accountability and quality.

The school will stage a Scholastic carnival book fair with its first open house Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. The open house is scheduled for Oct. 3.

Information: Betsy Hall at 941-750-0900.

Braden River Middle will hear motivational speaker

MANATEE -- Braden River Middle School will host motivational speaker Fabian Ramirez Tuesday.

Ramirez shares an anit-bullying message and targets children of families who do not have a college education.

Ramirez will speak to the student body, then to a select group of at-risk students and to families in the evening.

Herren comes to Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

MANATEE -- Chris Herren,co-author of "Basketball Junkie" and founder of the Go Purple Project, spoke to Saint Stephen's Episcopal School Monday.

Herren is a former college basketball star and NBA rookie who struggled with addiction and a poor self-image.

Herren spoke to team captains about how they can help their teammates and with coaches to encourage them to get to know their players as people.

The Go Purple Project assists individuals and families struggling with addiction and raises awareness for effective treatment practices.

-- Herald staff reports

SCF honored for helping military-trained students

MANATEE -- For the fourth year in a row, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, a publication for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

SCF is recognized among the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide for exhibiting leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience and ensuring the success of military service members, veterans and spouses as college students.

More than 400 veterans from all branches of the military are enrolled at SCF.

SCF veterans centers offer assistance with admissions, course selection, financial aid and tutoring. SCF student clubs, including the Veterans Collegiate Association at Bradenton and the Veterans Exchange at Venice, provide support to veterans as they adjust to civilian life.Information: call SCF Bradenton at 941-752-5075 and SCF Venice at 941-408-1446.

-- Herald staff report

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