Three Cheers for CCEF!!!

Three Cheers for CCEF!!!

Mini Grants selection process underway

2 (2) 3 (2)I had the opportunity late Wednesday to pop into the Citrus County Education Foundation teacher mini grant meeting.  The CCEF will give over $90,000 in mini grants for the classroom and in January will give another $10,000.

The CCEF teacher classroom Mini Grants are a vital funding project for our kids and schools.  This program permits teachers to be innovative in selecting curriculum that is best for their students.

Selecting these grants is by no means and easy task.  We want to thank CCEF President Linda Rodgers, Anthony Casalvieri, Lena Graff, Maggie Lampasona, David White and Executive Director Shaunda Burdette for giving up their day to help select mini grants for our teachers.

5907471CCEF is established as a 501(c)3 public non-profit corporation.  CCEF raises private funds for programs to support students, teachers and public schools in their respective districts.  In addition, CCEF received funding through the Florida Education License plate program.

If you are interested in learning more about CCEF or would like to donate, please visit their website at

Education Foundation Coupons For Classrooms Campaign

Education Foundation Coupons For Classrooms Campaign

14671373_10154407877561259_6940828567255479630_nLast year’s Citrus County Education FoundationCoupons For Classrooms’ campaign raised over $50,000 whihc went directly back into the classroom their the CCEF Mini Grants program.

The CCEF is currently selling the “Coupons For Classrooms” coupon books through 10/22/16. The books are available through all school sites and also through Bernadette Salmaggi in Educational Services at the District Services Center, (352) 726-1931 ext. 2321.

The price for these coupon books are $25 each. The book features an online app that gives the option to use digital coupons.  These are nationwide savings, and can be used throughout the US!  Approximately 80% of our local businesses have opted to use the digital coupons as well as the book. If you are using the digital app and do not find a local coupon, they are not able to  use the digital coupons yet!

Below is a digital sample copy of the Coupon book:

Please support this great campaign and thank you to the Citrus County Education Foundation work raising funds for Citrus County Schools!

Royal Unity Walk

14333085_1229486820447607_8861466098386722972_nRoyal Unity Walk

Walk against Bullying

Join us on Wednesday, October 19 at 4 PM-5:30 PM at the The Old Courthouse, Inverness for the second annual Citrus County’s Unity Day ans Walk to “Take a stand against bullying!”
This year will honor Sheriff Phil Royal and we will be joined by Mrs. Royal.
Don’t forget to Wear Orange!

CCEF partners for low cost Internet for students

CCEF partners for low cost Internet for students

Did you know about $9.95/mouth Internet Service?

ccef_CL-1Recently the Citrus County Education Foundation announced that it was partnering with CenturyLink, to provide secondary students with lowest cost internet service at their home.  Shaunda Burdette, Executive Director for the CCEF shared that the Internet service rate would cost $9.95 a month.  The program is called Century Link Internet Basics Program and can be reached by the web or toll free at (866)-541-3330.

The CCEF hopes that this discounted service will help ensure that students have access to valuable and essential educational resources available on the internet.

A flyer on this program can be download at:

Citrus County Public Schools closed Friday due to Hurricane Matthew

Schools Closed Friday

512c1bdca78e0.imageCitrus County Public Schools closed Friday due to Hurricane Matthew.

It is projected that there will be 40 mph winds and gusts 55-70 mph strong winds. Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel shared that Lecanto Primary School will be opening Thursday afternoon as a shelter.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said that Citrus is expected to have tropical storm force winds through much of the day Friday, starting at around 7:00 a.m.

Oasis at The Centers

Oasis at The Centers

logoRecently I had an opportunity to tour the Oasis program at The Centers in Lecanto.  Oasis is a long term residential treatment program for mothers of younger children. The residence in this program receive individually designed care to help them in their recovery while also strengthening their bonds with their children.  I was impressed with this program and the improvements of these residence and I am grateful that The Centers has brought these services to Citrus.

The Centers is a valuable asset to the Citrus County community and our schools.   The Centers provide medical, mental, and addictions services that are tailored to the needs of Citrus and Marion Counties.  For more information on their services, visit: