Lakewood Ranch High School reaches out to elementary students

December 18, 2013 

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This photo taken on Sept. 30, 2013, shows the exterior of the Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla. The Duval County School Board said it was following the will of its students when it voted unanimously on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, to change the name of school, named for a Confederate general and honorary Ku Klux Klan leader. The change will take place next year once a new name is chosen, said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self)

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LWR High reaches out to youngsters

MANATEE -- Lakewood Leaders, a Lakewood Ranch High School Community Service Club, spent time with kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students they "adopted" earlier this school year at Daughtrey Elementary School

The high school students played games with them Tuesday and brought gift bags containing socks, books and school supplies. They also donated children's clothing.

"Kids R Kids" provided transportation for the Lakewood Ranch students to and from Daughtrey Elementary.

For information about the Lakewood Leaders program, contact Michelle Todoroff at 727-6100, ext. 2201.

Freedom Elementary 'Party for the Park' stars Santa

BRADENTON -- Freedom Elementary School is hosting a special "Party for the Park" from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with dinner, music, balloons, books, gifts and a visit from Santa.

This is the third year the school has thrown the party to bring holiday cheer to children in nearby neighborhoods.

Most party items were donated by Freedom Elementary staff, students and a community outreach collection drive.

The school party is at 9515 State Road 64 E. in Bradenton.

For information, contact Sherri Brunner at 941-708-4990.

MTI patient care technician classes start in Palmetto

PALMETTO -- The Manatee Technical Institute will begin offering patient care technician classes in Palmetto in January. The north campus in Palmetto is accepting applications to the program.

Training includes aide-level skills in electrocardiography and phlebotomy.

The six-month program will meet at the north campus, 801 Ninth St. W. in Palmetto, from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. weekdays starting Jan. 22.

Those who complete the patient care technician program may earn advanced standing in the practical nursing program at Manatee Technical Institute.

For information, contact Kathy Matthews at 941-752-8100 ext. 2127.

-- Herald staff reports

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