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CARES Act dollars help district add additional resources

news@breezenewspapers.com With students learning remotely for a portion of the school year, then using one of many learning platforms last year, the School District of Lee County put its CARES Act dollars to use by adding additional resources to help with learning loss. Grants and Program Development Director Teri Cannady shared a detailed timeline of funds the district received under CARES Act K-12 during a briefing meeting Monday afternoon. She explained that when they received ESSER I funds it was more than $21 million with only a few weeks to determine a plan, with the allocation providing a two-year cycle. Cannady said that ESSER I was pretty much geared towards learning gaps, as all the assurances were tied to that. The seven allocations included high quality curriculum for reading; GEERS (Governors Education Emergency Relief); ESSER I, Coronavirus Prevention & ...

News from around the region

Island server beneficiary of ‘Tip Challenge’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Stephen Longest is one of many happy recipients of the "Tip Challenge." Simply put, the “Tip Challenge” is when a restaurant patron leaves a 100 percent tip, which equals the size of their check. Having been a server for at least 11 years, ...


Wilfred L Bruckner

Wilfred L. Bruckner, 86 of St. James City, FL passed away on October 6, 2021. Arrangements are by Coral Ridge Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation Services, Cape Coral. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com for additional information.

Letters to the Editor

Lake O operating plan must be balanced

To the editor: The following letter was submitted to USACE Col. Booth and others involved in revisions to the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). Re: LOSOM Alternative CC Optimization for the Caloosahatchee Dear Colonel Booth: On behalf of the Captiva Community Panel and ...


Local Columns


Incentivize voluntary vaccination

With hospital systems, including Lee Health, pleading for help due to the surge in COVID cases, President Joe Biden has released his six-pronged Path Out of the Pandemic Plan. Among the highlights are components to vaccinate the unvaccinated, protect those who are vaccinated, safely keep ...