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Martin County’s SPAM Robotics team heads to championship competition



The annual Silent Auction and Carnival will take place 5 to 8 p.m. April 21. Proceeds benefit students, teachers and fine arts programs. To make a donation, email


The Spring Arts Festival takes place 6 to 7 p.m. April 27 in the courtyard and cafeteria of the school, 5150 117th Court North, Palm Beach Gardens.


Jane Winters, after-school site director, has been named by the Florida Department of Education as one of five finalists for the 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year. The program recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the contributions they make to the students and families in their schools and districts. The statewide winner will be presented with $5,000 at the annual awards breakfast on April 21 in Orlando.



SPAM Robotics will travel to Houston this month to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition Championships. The team includes 74 students from Jensen Beach High, Martin County High, South Fork High, Clark Advanced Learning Center and home schools.

Last month the team was victorious in the FIRST Robotics Competition Orlando Regional at the University of Central Florida and was presented with the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors. The team also took home a win from the FIRST Robotics Competition Rocket City Regional in Huntsville, Alabama, and was the recipient of the Engineering Inspiration Award. With the award came a NASA sponsorship for the $5,000 registration fee at the championship competition.

Students in the St. Lucie Public Schools’ Exceptional Student Education program will be selling coffee and pastries 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday in the County Administration Building, 2300 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. The student-run enterprise, Student Perks, welcomes customers from the general public. The student entrepreneurs are partnering with the Port St. Lucie High Culinary Arts Class for the pastries.

Teams from Rivers Edge Elementary, Morningside Elementary and Lincoln Park Academy advanced to the state Odyssey of the Mind tournament in Orlando. At the regional competition, Rivers Edge received the Omer’s Award for great teamwork, and Lincoln Park Academy was honored with the Ra’natra Fusca Award for the most outstanding performance. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Compiled by Sy O’Neill. Send school news to Dated items must be sent at least two weeks before the event.

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