SCFCS teacher wins Fulbright; Bishop-Parker grants; “Visions in black”

SCFCS English Teacher
receives Fulbright honor

Kristin Goddard, a grade 10 English teacher at the State College of Florida Collegiate School, won the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program award.

As a Fulbright recipient, Goddard will share his knowledge and foster meaningful connections by participating in community-to-community exchange initiatives in the United States and abroad.

“I am honored to represent [SCFCS] in the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program, ”Goddard said. “This experience will have a direct impact on my classroom work as I aim to globalize my curriculum and encourage international collaboration.”

The Fulbright Program – the U.S. government’s premier international educational exchange program – has offered cultural exchange programs for academics and professionals since 1946.

“I am excited to share what I am learning with my professional community and to increase our school’s global awareness and influence,” said Goddard.

Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize winners, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 39 who have served as heads of state or government. For more information visit

Bishop-Parker Foundation
awards $ 3.4 million in grants

The Edward E. and Lillian H. Bishop Foundation and the Mary E. Parker Foundation (now known as the Bishop-Parker Foundation) awarded $ 3,432,500 in grants for the first semester of the 2021 funding year.

The foundation has partnered with nonprofit organizations to support investments in a wide variety of services, including:

• Environment: Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium, $ 1 million.

• Arts & Culture: Art Center Manatee and The Center at Anna Maria Island received prizes totaling $ 1,050,000.

• Animal wellbeing: The Lakewood Ranch Humane Society, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue and the Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA received $ 270,000.

• Health services: Manatee County Family YMCA, Neuro Challenge Fund for Parkinson’s, Prospect Riding Center, University of Florida Research and Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition received $ 200,000.

• Personal services: Bradenton Woman’s Club, Children’s Guardian Fund, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee and the Women’s Resource Center received $ 130,000.

• Education: Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County, Bradenton Christian School, Just for Girls, New College Foundation, PACE Center for Girls, Project Light of Manatee, Ringling College of Art and Design, Take Stock in Children, Truly Valued and UnidosNow received 782,500 $.

The foundation also awarded $ 200,000 to the Field Of Interest fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. For more information on the foundation’s fall-winter grant cycle, visit bishop

to create a quiet space

The Manasota Chapter of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) is partnering with the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center to improve SPARCC’s outdoor courtyard.

The exterior transformation project is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, 2139 Main St., Sarasota. The goal is to create a quiet, low-maintenance, aesthetic space for defenders, survivors, SPARCC employees and visitors.

Manasota’s FNGLA chapter plans to use an assortment of Mexican granite and beach pebbles to create a Zen garden, featuring a stone bench, fountain, and Florida-friendly landscape. Plants such as blue daze, jasmine, crotons and liriope will be installed to color the space and add dimension, Manasota Chapter FNGLA President John Taylor said.

Jessica Hays is President and CEO of Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center.

“This project will not only be appreciated and used by our staff, but it will also provide a peaceful and much-needed outdoor space for everyone we serve at our Main Street site,” said SPARCC President and CEO, Jessica Hays.

For more information on SPARRC, visit To learn more about the FNGLA, visit

“Visions in black” receives a boost
of the Community Foundation

The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative recently received a $ 5,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for its “Visions in Black” initiative. The program was created to help regional college students of color and emerging artists discover opportunities to promote and exhibit their art.

Jesse clark
Krystle Lemonias

Artists Jesse Clark and Krystle Lemonias were selected to coordinate the program at colleges and higher education institutions in the region, including the New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, SCF Manatee-Sarasota and the ‘USF Sarasota-Manatee and Tampa. The initiative will culminate with a jury exhibition “Visions in Black” at the Art Center Sarasota in January.

Clark and Lemonias were winners of the 2021 “Black Muse” exhibition, a collaboration between SBAC, Art Center Sarasota and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Lemonias, a Jamaican-born printmaker and graduate student at USF Tampa, tells the story of the contributions and role black immigrant women have played in the American workforce in her recent work. Clark is a Haitian-American fine art photographer who attends Ringling College of Art and Design as a presidential scholar.

SBAC, a non-profit organization, uses the arts to foster inclusion and diversity. For more information visit

Free dinners on the 1st Monday
at Gulf Cove Methodist

Gulf Cove United Methodist Church offers free take-out dinners on the first Monday of each month.

The October 4 menu includes pork chops, rice, green beans and dessert. Dinners can be picked up from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To book a meal, visit, email [email protected] or call 941-697-1747 (Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to noon). Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road in the Gulf Cove area of ​​Port Charlotte. Meals are free but donations are appreciated.

Compiled from community submissions

Children’s clothing for Haiti

Faith United Methodist Church pastor Tammie Isidore, Goodwill Manasota logistics manager Russell Phillips, and volunteer Michelle Millner oversee donations to Haiti following a magnitude 7 earthquake, 2 August 14.  Faith United's sister church and orphanage were near the epicenter of the devastating earthquake.  Responding to the call for help, Goodwill Manasota and Faith United partnered with the community to produce 261 pounds of children's clothing that left for Haiti on September 4.

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