St. Lucie County Education Foundation honors educators at gala

Feb 21, 2018
  • By Sy O'Neill
  • Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Samantha Lamora, a first grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary, was named the Teacher of the Year in St. Lucie County.



An open house will begin at 8:15 a.m. Friday. RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474 or


The school and the Kiwanis of North Palm Beach are co-sponsoring the third annual Strive Five for the Hive 5K Run, 3K Walk at 8 a.m. March 11 at The Gardens Mall. The first 300 registered participants will receive a dry-fit race shirt. There will be trophies for first place, participant medals and breakfast at Brio Tuscan Grille for all registered participants.


The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department is accepting applications through April 13 for summer camp scholarships. The scholarship program offers eligible children ages 5-14, and a special population up to age 17, a full scholarship to day camp for the entire summer. The scholarship covers all tuition and fees for children residing in families with income at or below 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. To access the application form and view a list of outreach events, visit For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 561-242-5713 or email

The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA will host a presentation on Human Trafficking, Dangers of Technology and Keeping Children Safe at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, 6500 Le Chalet Blvd., Boynton Beach.

An exhibition of artwork in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Arts Awards takes place Saturday at the Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. An award ceremony honoring all winners begins at 1 p.m., followed by the exhibition from 2 to 4 p.m. Gold and Silver Key work — about 438 pieces — will be on display. Students who receive a Gold Key will proceed to national competition for additional awards and opportunities.

The entry deadline for the Essay & Creative Arts Competition sponsored by the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews has been extended to March 12. The contest is open to all middle and high school students in public, private, parochial and charter schools in the county. Categories include essay writing, music, video and visual arts, with middle and high school divisions. The topic, “The Road Not Taken,” is inspired by the Robert Frost poem. Students can win cash prizes and other gifts. Supervising teachers are eligible to win gift cards for school supplies. Entry forms with guidelines are available at or by calling 561-833-6150.



At the annual St. Lucie County Education Foundation’s Night of the Stars gala, Samantha Lamora, a first-grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary, was named the Teacher of the Year. Joining her on the stage were School Related Employee of the Year Adela DellaCroce from Treasure Coast High; Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Katherine Christopher of White City Elementary; and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Brianna Nowaski from Windmill Point Elementary.

St. Lucie County Schools will hold a teacher career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Lucie West K-8, 1500 SW Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

The Martin County School District Voluntary Pre-kindergarten Program is accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. The program is available at select schools with limited enrollment. Online applications are at

The Martin County School District’s Head Start Program is accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Parents need to schedule an appointment to register during normal business hours at one of these locations: Perkins Early Childhood Center, 16868 SW Palm Beach St., Indiantown, 772-597-2685, Ext. 100; Stuart Learning Center, 1050 E. 10th St., Stuart, 772-219-1580, Option 2, Ext. 181; Salerno Center, 3400 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart, 772-219-1610, Option 2, Ext. 259; or Salerno School House, 3940 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, 772-219-1893, Ext. 112 and 110. Head Start is a federally funded program targeting 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families in Stuart, Port Salerno and Indiantown. Children enrolled in the program follow the K-12 school calendar, are provided full-day quality learning experiences and instruction, as well as free breakfast and lunch.