K.E. Cunningham Canal Point Elementary School and Timber Trace Elementary School are the top two winners of the Florida Department of Education (DOE) Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! statewide public service announcement (PSA) contest.
To compete in the PSA contest, students created a short announcement geared toward this year’s theme: “Take the Lead and Read.” One winner was chosen at the elementary, middle and high school levels, with the winning schools awarded gift cards from Florida Education Foundation partners – $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.
The K.E. Cunningham Canal Point Elementary was directed by Mr. Brian Zimmerman and created by the KEC/TV News Club. Six students went to Daytona Beach to receive the award.
“I am extremely proud of the students and Mr. Zimmerman, who created this outstanding video. It means a lot to the school, the students, and community of Canal Point and Pahokee. Being able to receive this prestigious award two years in a row is a quite an accomplishment,” added Dr. Hoffman, KEC Principal.
The winning PSAs will be also be featured on the Florida Education Channel and local television stations.
Florida First Lady Ann Scott joined Deputy Director of the DOE Office of Early Learning Kevin Smith, Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell, Volusia County Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Smith, and Scholastic and NASCAR partner representatives at Daytona International Speedway for the announcement. The PSA contest was part of the week-long celebration that highlights Florida’s focus on literacy and reading.
The goal of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is to promote literacy throughout the state by raising awareness of the programs and projects offered by the Department of Education and its partner agencies and organizations. For more information about otherCelebrate Literacy Week, Florida! events, visit www.justreadflorida.com/literacyweek.asp.
For more information contact Kathy Pasquariello, Principal at Timber Trace, at (561) 366-6200 or Dr. Donald Hoffman, Principal at K.E. Cunningham Canal Point Elementary, at (561) 924-9800.
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