Port St. Joe Elementary honored with “School of Distinction” award for fourth year

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM.

CFES school liaison and program director Carol Cathey was on-hand to present the award to Principal Sue Gannon along with guidance counselor DeEtta Smallwood and a handful of student Scholars.

“We have a great school and a great program,” said Gannon. “We’ve had the CFES program since I was a teacher at the high school.

“We’re continuing to implement these programs even though our funding has dwindled because they’re so beneficial to students.”

After presenting a new banner recognizing the school’s achievements, Cathey shook the hand of each of the students and congratulated them on their accomplishments so far.

“The faculty and staff who implement the program do so as volunteers,” Cathey reminded the students. “They’re very good at it.”

Cathey also brought up recent graduate Javarri Beachum who upon graduation, was accepted to the Naval Academy Prep School. Cathey reminded students that Beachum had been part of the CFES program, too.

CFES has partnered with Gulf Coast State College to provide services to the school that include a two-year scholarship to an excelling student once they graduate.

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