Fine Dining in our local School Cafeterias

Upon visiting a few of our local school cafeterias this week, at lunchtime, I was somewhat stunned by the enticing presentation and plethora of options. There were fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables, a variety of healthy drink choices, and so many delicious main courses. It more closely resembled a restaurant rather than a school cafeteria. […]

LaBelle’s Own Airman Ryan Perry: Called to Serve

While LaBelle is an amazing and wonderful community, life in a small town like this can sometimes feel isolating to the kids who grow up here. While they sometimes seem out of reach, there are many different opportunities for our youth to get out to see the world, experience different cultures, and have new experiences. […]

Adult classes to be given in Clewiston, LaBelle, Montura

LABELLE — Did you know that the Hendry County School District offers adult education classes that can lead to a person learning a skilled trade and earning good money? Hendry County Schools Adult Education offers the fol­lowing classes and programs starting Monday, Aug. 12. Call the office at 863-983-1511 for enrollment information or visit our […]

Back-to-school initiative provides school supplies to local students

U.S. Sugar, FPL, Hendry County Public Schools Foundation, and the Hendry County Sheriff’s Department have come together to work on a back-to-school initiative, launched by The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and its Red Apple Supplies (RAS) Program. This is an effort to serve the needs of Title 1 schools, which are schools that […]

Hendry County School Food Program delivers this summer

Before this summer started, I was unfamiliar with Sodexo, but while working with LaBelle Fossil Camp I have had the pleasure of meeting Erwin Evans, General Manager, and several of their food service employees while they have supplied delicious and nutritious meals for the fossil campers and many other local summer youth programs. Sodexo is […]

Hendry’s rising school grades hearten Puletti

LABELLE — Superintendent Paul Puletti sees signs in the state Department of Education’s recent report of school grades that public education in Hendry County is improving. While the district maintained the same overall grade of “C,” one grade school saw its score rise out of failing territory and jumped off the state DOE’s close watch […]

Hendry County School District earns a “C”

TALLAHASSEE — On July 11, the Florida Department of Education released the district and school grades for 2019. The number of “A” schools in Florida continues to rise with 1,172 schools earning an “A” in 2018-19, compared with 1,043 in 2017-18. The percentage of schools earning an “A” increased to 36 percent, up from 31 […]

Martinez graduates from West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Michael Martinez, son of Mr. Gustavo Martinez and Mrs. Monica Martinez of LaBelle, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, May 25. Martinez graduated from LaBelle High School in 2015. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in Mathematical Sciences. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second […]

Email hacking ruled out at LaBelle High

LaBELLE — There was some small relief last week for Hendry County school authorities investigating those recent high school senior pranks. At LaBelle High, the email system wasn’t actually hacked, as previously reported here and in several other media outlets. Rather, the bogus memo that went out was the result of some seniors’ ingenious e-wizardry. […]

Kiwanis Club of LaBelle awards 2019 scholarships

The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle presented scholarships to LaBelle High School Seniors on Thursday, May 9 at Beef O’Brady’s. A total of 14 graduating seniors were awarded scholarships totaling $18,350. The scholarships are awarded annually to any graduating student at LaBelle High School that completes the application and attends the interview process by the Foundation […]