Retired Manatee educators visit South Florida Museum, Snooty

June 19, 2014 

Retired teachers visit Fla. museum

BRADENTON -- A group of retired Manatee County teachers had education day recently at the South Florida Museum.

Jeff Rodgers, director of education and staff, said the group learned more about the earliest Florida life, marine, mammals and cultures.

In the Bishop Planetarium Show, they saw "Passport to the Universe" narrated by Tom Hanks.

The group also visited Snooty, the oldest manatee in the world.

Visible Men Academy takes trip to Eckerd College

BRADENTON -- Although most students were already on summer vacation June 12, Visible Men Academy students took a field trip to Eckerd College.

Students from kindergarten to second grade learned about different majors, programs and scholarships and toured the campus.

"A visit to college will help form a memorable impression for them to strive for even at this young age," said Neil Phillips, founder and principal at Visible Men Academy.

School ends for Visible Men Academy on Friday.

Bradenton Christian inducts 34 in Junior Honor Society

BRADENTON -- Bradenton Christian School inducted eight National Junior Honor Society inductees recently.

Seventh- and eighth-grade students with a 3.5 grade-point average who have displayed the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship were inducted.

Students inducted: Adrienne Aguado, Travis Bassett, Kenny Bolkema, Benjamin Calhoun, Caitie Christman, Matt Crofoot, Dara Dawson, Dena Dawson, Dalton Francis, Nicholas Huber, Kenny Hughes, Josh Ingram, Faith Jackson, Sarah Johnson, Ayla Johnston, Chloe Kirkland, Ryan Kuperus, Bryce Limon, Ariel Marciano, Zach Mayer, Kaya Meadows, Haley Moore, Pedro Oliveira, Lauren Pike, Cece Rulon, Sam Scherer, Zac Smith, Emma Symens, Owen Thomas, Paige Tice, Lauren Vautrinot, Colton Ward, Hannah Wiers and Ben Windham.

USF students consult with animal rescue business

SARASOTA -- The strategic management and entrepreneurship class at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee recently performed a consultation project for the nonprofit Nate's Honor Animal Rescue in Lakewood Ranch.

During USFSM's spring semester, two teams of students analyzed NHAR's operations, judging opportunities, threats, strengths, weaknesses and competition from similar organizations followed by recommendations for growth.

Based upon the student research, the NHAR Board of Directors determined donations and volunteers remain y crucial to viability and development but the organization must also adopt more business-oriented practices to ensure sustainability. Students concluded NHAR has growth opportunities but must develop more steady income independent from adoption fees as they can be a barrier to achieving its primary mission of finding good homes for shelter animals.

-- Herald staff reports

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