- By Sy O'Neill Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS
The school and Athleta are teaming up to launch the new GIRL line of Athleta athletic wear Saturday at The Gardens Mall center court. A fashion show featuring Allamanda students begins at 11 a.m. Nespresso will be serving coffee samples prior to the show, and Brio Tuscan Grille serve finger foods. Glittering Gypsies will style complimentary “fairy hair.” There will be a DJ, and the party moves inside the Athleta store after the fashion show. Five percent of all Athleta sales between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. will go to the school’s Health and Wellness program.
The school has scheduled several events for Celebrate Literacy Week Florida! and National School Choice Week, which begin Jan. 22. Parents and guardians of students in grades three through five are invited to a breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Jan. 24 to discuss and set academic and FSA testing goals for their children. After breakfast, they can stay and read with their children. A classroom door decorating contest takes place Jan. 25. Students and staff will dress as their favorite book characters for a literary character parade Jan. 26.
The third annual health and wellness expo, “Fitness, Food, and Friendship Around the World,” takes place 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the cafeteria. Dozens of vendors, including Triumph Kids, Team XTreme, Kidding Around Yoga, 9Round, Digital Vibez and North Palm Beach Tennis, will be on hand. Fifth-graders will present interactive country displays they have created. Call 561-803-7200 for more information.
PALM BEACH GARDENS ELEMENTARY
The Apex Fun Run is scheduled for Jan. 18. Students will be challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run at the event. The goal is to raise funds for school improvements and classroom technology. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to hand out water. Families are invited to cheer on the students.
ST. CLARE CATHOLIC SCHOOL
The 27th annual Mardi Gras Festival will take place Jan. 18-21 on the school grounds, 821 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach. The event includes rides, midway games , food, musical entertainment, a putting competition and vendors. Admission is free. Discounted ride tickets can be purchased at the school before Jan. 17 or online at www.stclareschool.com. Tickets for rides, games and food also will be available at the event. Hours will be 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18; noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 19-20; and 1 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21. For more information about Mardi Gras or sponsorship opportunities, call 561-282-8968.
Winter open house sessions for new families are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 25.
As part of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation scholarship program, the Herb and Penny Wender Scholarship Fund will present two $2,500 scholarships to assist students in continuing their education. Applications and guidelines are available on the Police Foundation website, www.pbgpf.org/scholarships. Deadline for applying is April 20.
Debi Elfen, volunteer coordinator for the School District of Palm Beach County, was named the recipient of the 2017 Adele Graham Award for her efforts in promoting school volunteerism. The award was presented at the Florida Association of Partners in Education fall leadership conference in Orlando. Elfen received a commemorative trophy and a $500 monetary prize.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar’s Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest will award one teacher from the School District of Palm Beach County a $500 sponsorship check to use in the classroom for the next school year, along with an end-of-year party for the current class. To nominate a teacher, students must submit an essay in person at their local Applebee’s explaining why their teacher deserves to be honored. Students who enter an essay will receive a free ice cream certificate to the restaurant. Submissions will be accepted at participating restaurants through March 31, and winners will be announced on April 23.
TREASURE COAST SCHOOLS
The city of Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie Public Schools have partnered to provide additional open-space fields, sports courts and playground areas for residents to enjoy in the evenings, holidays and the weekends. Certain outdoor areas at Bayshore Elementary School, 1661 SW Bayshore Blvd., are now open for public use on school days from 6 p.m. to sunset, and non-school days from 8 a.m. to sunset. Areas included in this pilot program are outdoor basketball courts, multi-purpose fields featuring soccer goals and baseball backstop, and the playground near the basketball courts.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar’s Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest will award one teacher from the St. Lucie Public Schools a $500 sponsorship check to use in the classroom for the next school year, along with an end-of-year party for the current class. To nominate a teacher, students must submit an essay in person at their local Applebee’s explaining why their teacher deserves to be honored. Students who enter an essay will receive a free ice cream certificate to the restaurant. Submissions will be accepted at participating restaurants through March 31, and winners will be announced on April 23.