While most students are looking forward to spending the upcoming summer on the beach, poolside and hanging out with friends, 16 year old Faith Dailey, is looking forward to spending several weeks in a summer program at Harvard University.
Faith is a sophomore at North Fort Myers High, where she carries an impressive list of academic and personal accomplishments. She’s in the Cambridge AICE program, a violinist in the school’s orchestra, a photography student and member of the Medical Club with a focus on pursuing a medical career. When asked about the Harvard opportunity, Faith said, it was the result of a lot of research and the assistance of her mother.
“I have been working closely with my mother, J’ana Dailey Jackson, to research various universities, to get an idea of what college I would like to attend. We decided to apply to Harvard and UC Berkley. I was accepted into both programs, but chose the summer program at Harvard. In July, I will participate in a two week summer program, as a student in the Introductory Course to Cancer, Diving into Research. I am passionate about this research and I plan to work hard to cure cancer.”
Faith plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine and says she will keep an open mind about Harvard Medical Programs, as well as programs at Stanford, Howard, Hampton, and Spelman.
Harvard University is one of the Ivy League schools. The main university campus lies along the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a few miles west of downtown Boston.
If anyone would like to assist Faith in her journey to Harvard, they may do so at www.gofundme.com.
Disney’s The Lion King was in Fort Myers, playing at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. While they travel, the cast is involved in the “Get Up and Go” campaign which promotes fun ways that kids can lead healthier lifestyles. During their Fort Myers engagement, Quality Life Center hosted the program. Ensemble dancer Shacura Wade (yellow Lion King shirt) came to the Q and talked to students about eating habits and fitness.
Ms. Wade plays different characters in the show, including a zebra, lioness, hyena and is part of the dance ensemble in "One by One." She led students through some stretches, and an activity that involved both movement and listening carefully to directions. She also taught children the choreography for "He Lives in You." She let them in on some secrets about the show’s amazing costumes and puppetry, and disclosed that six indigenous African languages are spoken throughout the musical. An inspirational visit!
The first “Build Your Future” career exploration event held at the Dr. Carrie D Robinson Center and The STARS Complex was a huge success. More than 200 potential applicants both young and old where able to meet face to face with over 40 employers to explore high skill/high wage jobs.
“This is the biggest career event ever held in the Dunbar Community” said Lee Ford, Chair of the 21st Century Collaboration. “This Career Fair was coordinated by the Dunbar Community for the Dunbar Community”, said Ford.
There were representatives from the trades with hands on exhibits, representatives from the Tech College and local Universities to explain grants, scholarships and apprenticeship programs where you can earn while you learn. Good jobs making more than $50,000/year after 24 months.
The organizers promoted the event as a Career Fair with a family twist; including bounce houses for the kids, face painting on-site radio station Nathans Hots Dogs and the unique opportunity to learn about high paying jobs.
On Saturday, April 6, 2019 the Fort Myers Police Department C.O.A.C.H. (Community Outreach Against Child Hunger) fundraiser at Millennial Brewery raised a total of $11,543.00 and hundreds of non-perishable food items. Coordinated by Sergeant Jackie Garrett, C.O.A.C.H. is an outreach campaign by the FMPD to supply food for underprivileged students of Franklin Park Elementary and their families.
The program which started in the Summer of 2018 has grown to include surrounding residents to help alleviate some of the hunger issues children face daily, especially with school closing for the summer recess. Without school in session, kids will not receive a free hot breakfast or lunch. Sgt. Garrett and her volunteers seek to distribute nutritious snacks to children in low income areas over the summer to make up for meals they will not get when school is closed.
C.O.A.C.H. is always seeking volunteers and donations of non-perishable food and money to replenish their supplies and increase their distribution. Sgt. Garrett plans to continue fundraising events, ideally every six months. Businesses are encouraged to donate gift certificates or products for the next silent auction.
Anyone interested in donating or giving their time can contact Sgt. Garrett by email at email@example.com.
CORRECTION: The Fort Myers Police Department’s April 2019 article on the Community Prayer Vigil incorrectly listed the date that Officer Adam Miller was murdered as July 21, 2019. The correct date is July 21, 2018.
Alana L. Smith, originally from Naples, Florida, graduated from Gulf Coast High school as a dual enrolled student, receiving her Associates Arts Degree at Edison College.
After high school, she ventured to Florida Gulf Coast University, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education. She graduated with honors there in 2007. Alana, a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has always been a lifelong learner and knew she needed to continue her education. Therefore, she went back to school and earned a Masters in Technology Education from Grand Canyon University.
On Friday, April 26, 2019, Alana L. Smith celebrated her most recent achievement by receiving her Education Specialist Degree from Grand Canyon University. She celebrated this achievement with her mom, Chris Rahmings, two older brothers, and a niece and nephew. Alana also celebrates this achievement with her sorority sisters and the many students that she has taught in both Lee and Collier counties.
Today, Miss Smith gives back by teaching on the middle school level in the Lee County School District. With this new accomplishment, Smith plans to continue serving as a Peer Collaborative Teacher for Lee School District.
Alana also enjoys pursuing her passion of infusing STEAM education into her lesson for her scholars. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
Alana L. Smith is looking forward to her next chapter.