The South West Educational Foundation

For Florida. In Florida. The South West Educational Foundation, Inc. formed to help during the transition from childhood to adulthood: the whole family

Family’s, Fido, Food & Free Library for Arlington Park.

The South West Educational Foundation engages volunteer supporters and does all kinds of awesome things for the Sarasota, FL area.IMG_4710 IMG_4734 IMG_4729 IMG_4726 IMG_4723

 

Operation Pack Leader: 2016 and beyond

OPERATION PACK LEADER – dedicated to providing service canines to a veteran or first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) post 9/11.  Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian and family life with dignity and independence with the aid of a service canine. This will lead to an enrichment in their family and everyday life.

My husband, Ret. Lt. Col Mark LaFlamme and our team have come to see that dogs, properly trained are a profound addition to the recovery from PTSD and TBI.  We look to duplicate the successful programs in Florida with documented recovery from the debilitating horrors of war and trauma care.  Our goal is to serve veterans and first responder families which are the backbone of America.

Our nationally recognized trainers Diane Coles, Mike Lorraine and David Thomsen, specialize in existential training that will impact the dogs and the owner for a lifetime. Our partnership with Dog World Sarasota will allow us to fulfil the training required to place dogs with deserving veterans and first responders. Dog World Sarasota is currently a designated training facility for Sarasota Search & Rescue.

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First Annual War Bird Fly-in — “Kids of All Ages” event.  Ice Cream, Live Music and Family’s enjoyed the HANDS ON opportunity to learn about aviation, science and life in the air!

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Bay Haven School and The South West Educational Foundation Love Reading

This summer was all about reading for Bay Haven School!

Teachers and Mark LaFlamme "Dig-In" to make the first days of school a success

Teachers and Mark LaFlamme “Dig-In” to make the first days of school a success

Promoting literacy and the love of reading starts months before the first day of school.  In May, Bonnie Brown lead the way for a productive summer with arranging for the Little Free Library Grant from The South West Educational Foundation

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A Passion For Reading

Seeing a difference in articulation and vocabulary of the children she influences, Alma Eason is making a difference in Venice.  Since our friendship began in 2005 she has been paving the way for The South West Educational Foundation, Inc to have a bigger impact than we first imagined.

A Child Who Reads will be an adult who thinks

A Child Who Reads will be an adult who thinks.

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Recently Alma has introduced me to many more in Venice who have caught the fire:

Paul Baran, myself, Patti Taylor

The Venice Holistic Center 714 Shamrock Blvd Venice, FL http://www.VeniceHolisticCenter.com/

The Venice Holistic Center 714 Shamrock Blvd Venice, FL http://www.VeniceHolisticCenter.com/

Bringing joy of reading to Venice

Bringing joy of reading to Venice

5 New Little Free Library’s Planted

Our mission at The South West Educational Foundation with The Little Free Library is to see Little Libraries accessible to readers everywhere, building community and connection as they are “planted”!

This weekend we installed and registered 4 new libraries!  We can’t do it without you, our partners who love this “little” big idea:

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Alma and her family

Steward , Alma Sanchez:  2241 Bal Harbour Drive  Venice, FL  34292

 

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Tom Pierce and their son, Brooks

Steward, Lori Pierce:  2277 Bougainvillea Street Sarasota, FL  34239

 

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Mark & Sandra LaFlamme

Steward, Mark LaFlamme:  2736 Arlington Street Sarasota, FL  34239

 

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Debbie Elmore & her son, Michael

Steward, Debbie Elmore  2438 Prospect Street Sarasota, Fl  34239

 

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Cowgirl & Allie LaFlamme ( Belgian Malinois)

Debbie & Michael installed the replacement library at 2685 Temple Street Sarasota, FL  34239

We all will be holding  Grand Opening Ceremony’s and invite all of you– our friends and neighbors to kick off the Library in style for 2015.   The ribbon cutting, snacks and exchanging books will be part of the fun.

Young Stewards & Friends.

Announced today was the open enrollment for Sarasota High School Mentor’s. Mentors are students who will be helping students.

They will be chosen for their desire, drive, and leadership: Ability to be a friend.
Using the neighborhood Little Free Library’s Mentors will:
Connect with The Young Stewards.
Review and help with their weekly activities.
Report needs wants & concerns.

Also this week: Starting our Young Steward’s program at Alta Vista Elementary.

Founder & President, Sandra E LaFlamme

Founder & President, Sandra E LaFlamme

The Young Steward’s program is for elementary students. They are nominated by their teacher for hosting the Little Free Library.

Steward’s will look to weekly report on Library actively:
Suggest book’s
Read a book
Give a report
Blog
Pen Pal with Stewards in Gregory Town and outside S W Florida.

We have the first 4 families nominated.

Since 2008, The South West Educational Foundation is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  We educate, inspire and are connecting a local network with a global vision.  We are young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting children and family:  Active citizenship in our own community.

Looking Ahead: Reading Aloud

Read Aloud

Welcome to our 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors:  Diane Coles, Lori Pierce, Marjorie Jaskie, Esq. and Marsha Ritter.  Our shared vision this year is to expand the breath and width of Little Lending Library’s through out Sarasota AND near Island Communities.

Book at http://littlefreelibrary.org/ Sarasota --  The South West Educational Foundation Home Office site

Book at http://littlefreelibrary.org/ Sarasota — The South West Educational Foundation Home Office site

 

In the next 12 months we look to place 11 in the Sarasota Midtown Area.  11 in the Ringling College of Art & Design area.  And 11 in our sister township of Eleuthera, Gregory Town, Bahamas.  So far, the kids and their families have enjoyed riding their bikes from library to library.  We look to increase our alliances with the Sarasota Family YMCA so that education for aquatic safety can be nested in our library’s — pointing to the upcoming ALL SARASOTA KIDS POOL PARTY swim curriculum roll out.

 

Little Free Librarys

Our founding year 2007 we sponsored Minnesota Twins Youth Challenge: Spring Training event at Hammond Stadium.

2013 Little Lending Library comes to Temple Street Sarasota, FL.

2010 Sponsor of the Shining Light Vacation Bible Hero Camp.

2009 Organic Teaching Garden-to-Plate programs established in Sarasota County .  AND  Sarasota / Cincinnati Reds Wings Fest.  Summer Your Work Force at Mango Community Garden.

2008:  Second:  Minnesota Twins Youth Challenge: Spring Training event at Hammond Stadium.  AND Walk To School. Fun At School. Eating Right! A Week of Activities, Exercise and Learning in Palmetto a success we continue to find ways to integrate physical activity, eating right with learning.

 

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