December 2018
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Have a Happy Holiday & a Joyful New Year

We wish you and yours a happy and restful holiday! Please note that our offices will be closed for the holidays from December 22nd - January 1st. We look forward to connecting with each of you in the New Year as we work together to help our students succeed. 

Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent Community Service Event

Mentors and mentees were able to support Metropolitan Ministries' Holiday Tent on November 20, 2018. It was a wonderful way to give back during the holidays and spend some time together. Thank you to everyone who was able to participate!


New Staff Member Alert!
Joe Addison

We are thrilled to introduce our new College Success Coach, Joe Addison! Joe is joining the Take Stock in Children team with a lot of wonderful experience that we feel will contribute to his success as he works with our students. Welcome to the team, Joe!

Joe is a n ative of Lee County, growing up in Fort Myers, Florida. Joe attended Fort Myers High School where he was an athlete on the football team and track team.  While in high school, Joe became President of the Jevon Kearse Foundation which is where he contributes his passion for community service. I was named News-Press 1st Team All-Conference in Track & Field and earned a track scholarship to Troy University. While at Troy, he was named Freshman of the Year in Track & Field by the Atlantic Sun Conference. Joe ended up transferring to the University of South Florida where he graduated with a B.A. in History. After college, he returned to Fort Myers to pursue his dream in teaching and coaching. From 2003-2017, Joe worked as a teacher, Behavior Specialist and Track Coach. Joe also brings with him experience in working with students with disabilities. 

  • What do you like to do in your free time? 
    Run, Travel, Attend Sporting Events and enjoy family.
  • What is an accomplishment you are proud of?  Earning my college degree.
  • What is your favorite thing about working with students?
    Being able to see the joy on their faces once they accomplished all their goals!
  • What was your favorite thing about high school and/or college? Participating in sports and being part of the football and track teams. 
The College Success Team
(Click each name to email)
            Anna Laird                   Mari Velaz

        Wildens Cajuste           Melanie Jimenez
Mark Your Calendar!

December 21st 
Last Day of School
All Students

December 24th -January 7th 
Winter Break
No School

All Students
January 4th 
Trinity Cafe
Volunteer Event
All Students & Mentors are invited! RSVP required - space limited. 
January 8th 
Back to School!
All Students

For more information, contact Anna Laird via  email.

If you know someone who is interested in mentoring, 
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