Grace Place Advocate John McNamara Passes Away

2019-08-07T19:25:42+00:00August 7th, 2019|Change Makers, General News|

Grace Place Advocate John McNamara Passes Away It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to education advocate and Grace Place supporter John McNamara, who passed away on August 5, 2019. John’s generous and loving spirit was known to many in the Naples’ community, including the staff and families here at Grace [...]

It Truly is Independence Day

2019-07-23T17:12:12+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Adult Education, Change Makers, General News|

It Truly is Independence Day Most Americans celebrate Independence Day with pie, barbecue, fireworks, and flags. For two of our students, as Americans this year, Independence Day meant so much more.   Yanety Ramirez’s lengthy journey to American citizenship started in 2011 when she came from Cuba by way of Mexico. “I’ve [...]

Cheers to the Class of 2019!

2019-07-02T21:48:34+00:00June 17th, 2019|AP Leadership, Change Makers, General News, School Age Programs|

Cheers to Class of 2019! Our AP Leaders are now high school graduates and off to college! This year’s class received over $600,000 in scholarships, the most of any graduating class in Grace Place’s history and each student has big plans for their bright future! Among the graduating class are our three Jubilee [...]

In an Adult Education Classroom, a Special Friendship Forms

2019-05-15T19:39:49+00:00February 18th, 2019|Adult Education, AP Leadership, Change Makers|

In an Adult Education Classroom, a Special Friendship Forms Edie Cole has dedicated the past ten years volunteering at Grace Place. With an extensive background in education, Edie works directly with students in the Adult Education Program and helps adults who are seeking to obtain their GED, learn English as a Second Language [...]

WE’RE TICKLED “BLUE!”

2019-01-03T19:07:40+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Change Makers, General News, School Age Programs, Staff, Uncategorized|

WE’RE TICKLED “BLUE!” We are pleased to share that Grace Place is now a certified Blue Zones Project approved worksite. Blue Zones Project is a community-wide, well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Southwest Florida. The global movement offers solutions for worksites to inspire and encourage employees to [...]

Change Makers in Action

2018-07-05T17:28:40+00:00July 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+00:00July 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 [...]

The gift that keeps giving….

2018-07-05T17:00:03+00:00June 25th, 2018|AP Leadership, Change Makers|

The Dale Clarke Scholarship Endowment Fund Grace Place received its first gift establishing an endowed scholarship this winter, celebrating the life of Dale Clarke. This beautiful legacy began with Dale’s strong belief in the transformational power of education and his great respect for those persevering in the face of adversity. Dale related to the [...]

Remembering Barbara Bush

2018-06-07T15:44:34+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Bright Beginnings, Change Makers, Family Literacy, General News, Staff|

Remembering Barbara Bush Barbara Bush’s philanthropy and advocacy has changed lives across the world. As a champion for literacy, she knew the boundless value in simply being able to read a book to your child, in being their first teacher. As we mourn the loss of this change maker, I wonder how many [...]

Sibling Act

2018-05-14T18:53:04+00:00April 3rd, 2018|After-School Elementary, Change Makers, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

Grace Place had a special visitor recently when Will, the oldest sibling in the Alcius family, came to visit campus. Will, his brother Keith, and his sister Louise were some of the first students to attend Grace Place. Now, almost fifteen years later, their youngest brother Jordan is enrolled in the Academy of [...]