The Villages - August 2018 - 2
By Rica Lewis
Bells Will Be Ringing!
School is back in session. For many of us, this means nothing. Our days of
donning backpacks, cramming for tests and planning our picture-day outfits are
long gone. But for the educators among us, school bells signal the abrupt end of
Welcome to our back-to-school issue, in which we take a peek inside local
classrooms to acknowledge and honor the hardworking educators in our
community, all of whom are passionate about their important roles.
"I never think, 'I don't want to go to school today.' I really enjoy what I do," said
Villages High School band director Linda Quinn. "I taught for 34 years in New
Jersey and I didn't really want to retire. It was easy for me to get back into teaching."
Quinn is one of the many Villagers who couldn't stay away from the classroom.
You'll hear from several of these inspiring educators in this issue. We're also
recognizing local volunteers who work to bring scholarships to deserving students.
The Martin Luther King Commemorative Committee of The Villages provides
scholarships to students who demonstrate academic excellence and have a desire to
serve the community.
"The purpose (of the committee) is to recognize and honor the memory and
contributions of Dr. King," committee President Robert Janson said. "One of his
major beliefs was the importance of education for all students, so that's been our
theme and what we've been trying to carry forward."
The Opera Club of The Villages has a similar mission - to help deserving
students reach their educational goals. However, this club targets the musically
inclined, providing scholarships to those seeking to study music beyond high
The Sophisticated Gents of Florida is a group of retired professionals who
originally began meeting to socialize. Now boasting more than 100 members, the
Gents have shifted their focus to student outreach. The avid fundraisers collected
$55,000 last school year. Go Gents!
Thanks to the many charitable clubs and compassionate educators in
The Villages, the future shines bright for young students.
Also tying into our back-to-school theme is our Enrichment Academy overview
- an exciting feature about the core courses and programs available to active
"We keep it interesting, with ongoing additions of new and innovative course
opportunities throughout the year," said Melanie Sarakinis, manager of the
Find out more about these stimulating classes and the savvy instructors who
As always, we hope these stories help you connect with our thriving community.
This month, as the school year commences, join us as we celebrate great teachers
and the pursuit of lifelong learning.
Have an educational month!
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