Community Learning Center

The students are engrossed in a board game where they are raising animal species and trying to stay alive by eating plant food… or each other.

Watch this video on youtube to learn more!

 

Students Achieving Success (SAS)
Free after-school mentoring program for students from Pine Island Elementary that began with only 5 students in 2009. We now mentor over 40 students per week, chosen by their teachers, consisting of over 20 5th graders and over 20 3rd and 4th graders. Available every Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Pine Island Methodist Church.

SAS provides students’ opportunities to utilize concepts taught in class, such as critical thinking and team building skills through enrichment, art projects, and field trips provided in a safe environment with caring adults.

For our spring break party we took the students to the park. We spent some of the time play different sports with the kids. They wanted to play big games of kickball at the park, soccer, and football. We are hoping to get some real soccer nets for this years summer camp.

For our spring break party we took the students to the park. We spent some
of the time play different sports with the kids. They wanted to play big
games of kickball at the park, soccer, and football. We are hoping to get
some real soccer nets for this years summer camp.

Teachers, parents and mentors report positive educational achievement, greater self-confidence, improved behavior, stronger communication skills, and an increased interest in school.

Full meals, snacks, books, equipment, supplies and transportation provided by the Beacon.

Students Achieving Success Teens (SASTeens)
Free program that engages teens in positive behavior through a strong mentoring relationship that began in 2009. Available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the Beacon.

Mentors assist with homework, community service projects and fun, safe activities.

SAS students developed the concept of our “survivor camp” program and will participate as mentors.

Snacks, books, equipment, supplies and transportation to and from home provided by the Beacon

We had a wonderful donation from Pine Island Pizza of 5 large pizzas for the festivities and both SPIRIT & SAS were able to eat together.

We had a wonderful donation from Pine Island Pizza of 5 large pizzas for
the festivities and both SPIRIT & SAS were able to eat together.

Students Achieving Success (SAS) Summer Reading Camp
An extension of our SAS Program that began in 2010. This free six-week program is open to 20-30 3rd through 5th grade students. Runs weekly during the summer, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Pine Island Methodist Church.

Significant community participation includes volunteers who donate one hour per week reading a story as well as mentors with an assigned group of students who participate daily during the six-week session.

Improved reading skills by several grade levels have been reported by teachers.

Full meals, snacks, books, equipment, supplies and transportation to and from home provided by the Beacon.

We played many games with the kids on the playground. They absolutely love having such a great park close to them.

We played many games with the kids on the playground. They absolutely love
having such a great park close to them.

Students Achieving Success Teens (SASTeens) Summer Survivor Camp
Free six-week summer mentoring program focusing on teaching academic and life skills in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Program is open to 14 students entering 6th grade, selected by their teachers, who have participated in previous SAS programs. Runs weekly during the summer, Monday through Thursday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Weekly themes of “lost at sea” and “plane crash” will draw on students team building skills and critical thinking with an emphasis on research and local resources.

Full meals, snacks, books, equipment, supplies and transportation to and from home provided by the Beacon.

We got a volleyball net setup thanks to Jennifer Overbaugh and all the kids are loving it.

Culinary Camp
Free 6-8 week program running one day a week designed to engage students in a creative yet disciplined program.

 

In 2013, 18 culinary students aging from 11-17 participated. Topics included: bread baking, pasta making, reading recipes, measuring, safe food handling, and cost/taste comparison between homemade and drive through meals. Parents and community guests were invited to a student prepared 3 course meal.

Theater Camp
Open to 30 students interested in learning acting, directing, set design and production during a 6-8 week program that is one day a week.

Pine Island Playhouse
Designed to bring the Pine Island community together to experience live theater with five free family-friendly productions performed each year at the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. The first production was written and acted by SAS students in May of 2013. An average of 250 people attend each show!

Open to community members with no prior experience are welcome to participate in all aspects from acting to costume design, lighting, directing, and stage management.

The benefits to our community are significant: bringing families together, creating an outlet for creativity and a place to learn new skills. Participants have talked about increased self-confidence and a sense of belonging.

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Congratulations, Joel Arias! Our 43rd graduate since our GED program began.

General Education Diploma (GED) Preparation
Free basic education instruction leading to GED completion that began in 2010. Open to 15 students per class, ranging from 16 to 54-years-old, held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Beacon.

Instructor led classes in math, science, social studies, and English.

The Beacon has the highest GED graduation rate in Lee County, with 25 graduates averaging success in 6-8 months.

Full meals, books, supplies, testing, transportation and daycare if needed provided by the Beacon.

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
The program began in 2005 and offers free English instruction from basic literacy to GED preparation. Open to 25 students per class, held weekly on Monday and Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Bokeelia Fire Station.

All books, software, supplies provided by the Beacon.

Our ESOL 2015 Graduates! Congratulations!

Our ESOL 2015 Graduates! Congratulations!

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