Port St. Joe Elementary School, partnering with Gulf Coast State College, is among 20 schools nationwide, and the only school in the State of Florida, honored by College For Every Student (CFES) as a 2011-2012 “School of Distinction.” Last week CFES Program Director Carol Cathey presented a “School of Distinction” banner to Principal Sue Gannon, CFES Scholars, team members and Gulf County Superintendent Jim Norton.
“The CFES program has proven to be of benefit to all of our students grades pre-K through 6, and it is a honor to receive recognition as a CFES School of Distinction,” said Gannon.
The CFES “School of Distinction” award recognizes schools that have exemplary programs incorporating the three CFES core practices: Leadership through Service, Mentoring, and Pathways to College. “Schools of Distinction” offer school-wide activities that enable all students and their families to learn about the college application process, financial aid, and strategies that foster college persistence.
“The faculty members on the CFES team worked diligently with students and Gulf Coast State College representatives to complete all of the necessary requirements for this honor,” Gannon stated. “Because of their efforts, our students are much more aware of the college opportunities that are available and the need to continue their education after high school.”
Brittney Simmons, the Assistant Coordinator of Recruitment at Gulf Coast State College, expressed the sense of pride shared by everyone at Gulf Coast who worked with Port St. Joe Elementary.
“It has been a pleasure to partner with them and to be a part of such an amazing program,” she said. “It is evident when interacting with their students during various campus visits or when visiting their school that they have a keen interest in learning more about the college experience and the options that are available to them.”
Gannon added, “You should have seen how excited our students were after visiting Gulf Coast State College and Haney Vocational School. It opened their eyes to what is available practically in their own backyard.”