Earlier this week, Katrina Wiatt (MHS Success Coach) and Chuck Licis (Take Stock Coordinator) went to Tallahassee to participate in the Take Stock in Children Rally in Tally. The two met with Casey Fisher at Florida Prepaid, then with Tadarrayl Starke, Director of the CARE (Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement) at FSU who reviewed the program. It’s important to note that Monroe County has had several TSIC students enter FSU through the CARE program, which provides outstanding support throughout their college career at FSU. And, Monday evening, Katrina and Chuck met with a dozen TSIC students attending FSU and FAMU for dinner.
Tuesday morning, under cloudy skies and in a chilly 50 degree north wind, hundreds of Take Stock scholars, parents, and mentors gathered around the steps of the historic capitol building to celebrate Take Stock’s 20thanniversary. Governor Rick Scott began the rally with his opening remarks, followed by presentations and introductions by each of the six Leaders for Life Fellows, speeches from several senators and representatives, and a speech from our president emeritus, John Padget.
Prior to the rally, Katrina and Chuck met with Senator Dwight Bullard to discuss Monroe County’s TSIC program and ask for his continued support. Following the rally, the two attended an informative workshop on mentor recruitment and retention during which participants shared great ideas. Tuesday evening, they had the opportunity to attend a reception which honored the TSIC alumni of the year as well as hear from FDOE Commissioner Pam Stewart, State University System of Florida Chancellor Marshall Criser, former chancellor Frank Brogan, and a few more FL senators.
Wednesday morning, John and Take Stock in Children founder Don Pemberton were honored as Champions of Education. Senator Bullard was in attendance to recognize John for his accomplishments and present him the award.
On behalf of the Monroe County Education Foundation board, we congratulate and salute John Padget for his ongoing commitment and passion to Monroe County Education!