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Bright Beginnings Classrooms Celebrate Thanksgiving

2018-11-27T17:40:19+00:00 November 24th, 2018|Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

Bright Beginnings Classrooms Celebrate Thanksgiving Our Bright Beginnings preschoolers and moms got a nice break from their busy routines and hosted a Thanksgiving celebration in our classrooms.  Many of our students and parents are new to Thanksgiving and this was a great chance to teach them the origins of this gratifying holiday [...]

Ideas Come to Life at Grace Place’s Invention Convention

2018-11-28T16:15:54+00:00 November 19th, 2018|After-School Elementary, General News, Leader in Me, School Age Programs|

Ideas Come to Life at Grace Place's Invention Convention Imagine an easier and perhaps improved life with tools like a “Braille Crayon”, a “Solar Smartphone” or a “Book-a-tron.” The Academy of Leaders Elementary Students went beyond an idea and brought these tools to life. Fueled by their curiosity and imagination, the [...]

Grace Place Celebrates New Mural Depicting Leadership

2018-11-26T21:15:46+00:00 November 7th, 2018|After-School Elementary, General News|

Splashes of Hope Leaves A Colorful Mark on Campus ​A new, vibrant mural welcomes students, staff and volunteers thanks to our friends at Splashes of Hope. Dubbed “The Leadership Tree,” the massive depiction, canvas? is seen just when you enter the Grace Place campus and the impressive project only took three days [...]

Leaning Tower of Pasta

2018-11-20T16:47:42+00:00 October 29th, 2018|After-School Elementary, After-School Middle School, General News, Leader in Me, School Age Programs|

Our Students Celebrate Afterschool Programs in Nationwide Event Uncooked spaghetti, marshmallows and tape. No, this isn’t your average arts and crafts exercise. In coordination with Lights On Afterschool, our Academy of Leaders put their engineering skills to the test and attempted to build the highest tower possible out of uncooked spaghetti, marshmallows, and tape. [...]


2018-10-29T14:34:02+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Bright Beginnings, General News, Leader in Me|

Through Dramatic Play, Children Prepare for the Real World A group of preschoolers playing pizza shop may seem like a simple afternoon of clean fun, but they’re engaging in a positive learning experience called dramatic (or pretend) play.  The process of “pretending” builds skills in many essential developmental areas and offers proven benefits [...]

Student Led Conferences

2018-10-04T18:21:47+00:00 October 4th, 2018|After-School Elementary, General News, Leader in Me, School Age Programs|

Parents get a lesson in Wildly Important Goals Our Elementary Academy of Leaders recently invited their parents to an after-school Student Led Conference in our classrooms. Dozens of elementary students wrote down and decorated their Wildly Important Goal, or WIG, with colorful crayons and construction paper. Those students proudly flaunted their artwork [...]

Bright Beginnings Moms Learn the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

2018-07-31T19:51:02+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Adult Education, Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News|

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families offer valuable tools for developing and sustaining a strong family culture in a turbulent world. Six mothers enrolled in Grace Place for Children and Families’ Bright Beginnings program participated in a workshop to learn the 7 Habits this month. No family is free from challenges, from its own [...]

Meet César

2018-07-05T17:57:34+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News|

Another Bright Beginning... César will start kindergarten in August. When he does, he won’t just be “kindergarten ready.” He is performing above average for his age in cognitive, literacy, and social/emotional skills. He will enter school for the first time already well-acclimated to a classroom environment. He will start with the ability to count [...]

Change Makers in Action

2018-07-05T17:28:40+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Adult Education, Change Makers, General News|

Change Makers in Action... As technologies continue to emerge and evolve, digital literacy is becoming increasingly important both at home and in the workplace. In response to this growing demand, and at the request of our students, Grace Place launched a Digital Literacy course. The course had a similar beginning to Grace Place itself; [...]

Meet the 2018 Jubilee Scholarship Winners

2018-07-05T17:27:55+00:00 July 6th, 2018|After-School High School, AP Leadership, Change Makers, General News, School Age Programs|

“You’ve won the Jubilee Scholarship.” Five words that changed Karen Merillien and Marlen Hernandez’s lives forever. The Jubilee Scholarship, a four-year “full ride” to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), is offered exclusively to two Grace Place AP Leadership students each year. The scholarship includes all tuition costs, books, housing and a living [...]