Dads Take Your Child to School Day


The School District of Manatee County is celebrating ‘Dads Take Your Child to School Day’ on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. It’s a statewide initiative of the Florida Department of Education to encourage fathers and male role models to become involved in the education of their children as a means for increasing student achievement.


Tara Elementary School


Tara Elementary School hosted dozens of dads for the occasion. Students enjoyed eating a free, healthy breakfast alongside their fathers. Principal Laura Campbell said that Dads would be dining in the cafe for lunch, too. The “Knights” are also hosting a Family Bingo Night, in which hundreds more Dads are expected to attend.


Blackburn Elementary School


Those who visited Blackburn Elementary School in Palmetto received a sweet treat. The school hosted ‘Pastries for Families’ and shared some photos on their Twitter page with a shout out, “A big thank you to our parents for supporting our school!”


Sea Breeze Elementary School


Sea Breeze Elementary School in West Bradenton invited fathers to enjoy a meal outdoors. “Thank you DADS and FAMILIES for bringing your child to school and enjoying breakfast at Sea Breeze Elementary. You SOAR!” was later posted on their Facebook page.


Johnson Middle School


All male role models were invited to participate in #FLDadsAtSchoolDay, including stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and mentors. Even though the free breakfast offer was only for District elementary schools, staff at Johnson Middle School handed out treat bags to those who dropped their students off at school.


Williams Elementary School


At Williams Elementary School in Parrish, the PTO proudly posted nearly 150 photos of different “VIP’s” who brought their students to school today. It looks like everyone started off their day with lots of smiles and hugs!


Braden River Elementary School


Dads left Braden River Elementary School in East Manatee County with bags of Tootsie Rolls boasting a message that we would like to share with all of you Dads and other male role models…


You ROCK! Thanks for the ROLL that you play!


#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.


“Peace is very powerful…” at McNeal Elementary School



Peace is for everyone.

Peace is songs.

Peace is laughing.

Peace is loving.

-Poem read by a student on Peace Day


For the second year, every student at McNeal Elementary School in Lakewood Ranch gathered to celebrate PEACE. Some held hands, while others held handmade peace signs which they proudly made in class.



All of the Wildcats were wearing their school motto on a t-shirt, “Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be WILD about learning.” Dozens of drawings lined the front of the school; colorful works of art by young children expressing what peace means to them. One read, “WE ARE ALL ONE.”



International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. This year’s theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” The administrators at McNeal Elementary School always promote peace and love.


(L-to-R) Assistant Principal Carol Ricks and Principal Cheryl McGrew at McNeal Elementary School


After a sing-a-long to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, select students read poems about peace. Alexis delivered a recipe: “In order to make Peace Pie you will need three cups of kindness, three-fourths cup inclusion, half a cup of empathy, half a cup of sympathy, and the last thing you will need is a dash of courage… to help your pie rise.”



A second peace pole was also unveiled during the celebration. It’s a work of art called “Kindness Matters”. Several teachers used it as a centerpiece for a class picture today.



Finally, students from Pre-K to 5th grades gathered on the P.E. fields, to stand on a carefully painted line. High above, a drone snapped photos of the peace symbol below. Kids and adults standing as one, shoulder-to-shoulder, proudly holding up their fingers in the universal sign of peace.



Way to go, Wildcats! Way to show the world how it’s done… Peace.

#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.


District Employees to ‘Walk to the Moon’: Meet Mission Specialist, Ro Mohamed


Nearly 50 years after Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the lunar surface in July of 1969, employees of the School District of Manatee County will “Walk to the Moon”. The challenge is the creation of the District’s Wellness Program Coordinator, Ro Mohamed. “I thought to myself, ‘what’s a goal that could be so out of this world’?” said Mohamed, “It’s really important that we are ONE team, with ONE goal.”

The “Walk to the Moon” campaign launch is taking place on Tuesday, September 5th – and employees are encouraged to participate through December 15th, 2017. The goal is to walk 238,000 miles, the average of the closest and farthest points between the earth and the moon. A moon mileage calculator will keep track of employees’ progress.



The ‘Top 400’ walkers will be recognized at a Moon Landing Celebration — an exciting event which will celebrate each small step that led to a giant leap for the School District of Manatee County.

Even though each District site will be competing to win the grand prize, Ro Mohamed says that every step counts. “This isn’t just about wellness, it’s about connecting as a team,” she said, “I want people to feel good.” Being healthy is about living, learning, working, and playing in a safe community, according to Mohamed. She hopes that the walk will inspire school district employees to meet someone new — and want to walk to the moon — and back again.

#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.


It’s a Good Day for School Spirit at Braden River High School


If you ever need a boost of energy, try spending three hours at a high school pep rally being broadcast live on television. It’s game day and just after sunrise. We’re hours away from a three-day weekend. It’s a big day for Pirate Nation.



FOX 13’s Charlie Belcher led a celebration at Braden River High School in Manatee County this morning, along with Chase and the crew from radio station, Hot 101.5. BRHS beat out another Tampa Bay-area high school in an online contest to win the Good Day Tampa Bay pep rally.



Inside the sprawling gymnasium were cheerleaders, football players, marching band members, the color guard, and the highly-spirited Student Government Association (SGA). There was singing, dancing and an epic lip sync battle that will likely end up in the school yearbook (see the video below of Dance/Drama Teacher Ricardo Robinson.)


How many likes can we get for SCHOOL SPIRIT? Drama and dance teacher, Ricardo Robinson, easily wins the @hot1015 Lip Sync Battle at Braden River High School.His moves are everything! #WeManatee

Posted by School District of Manatee County on Friday, September 1, 2017


FOX13’s Belcher fired up the crowd by announcing that his daughter attends Clearwater High School, the Pirates’ opponent for tonight’s football game. True story. But it’s no coincidence that most of the students are wearing flowered shirts and leis. There’s a Hawaiian theme for the game against the Tornadoes.


FOX 13’s Charley Belcher interviewing SGA officers including Gabby (pictured: center)


If there’s one person who could take the crown for school spirit, it’s Gabriella Alfonso. The senior, known as “Gabby”, is the PR Historian for SGA who didn’t let the camera around her neck stop her from dancing all over the gym. “My family is Italian, so being excited just comes naturally,” Alfonso said. “I love Braden River because of its school spirit.”


This is Sharon Scarbrough’s first year at BRHS (pictured: center)


Alfonso was among the group of student officers who were interviewed on live television including Sofia Mingote, Sara Kate Dyson, Andrea Aguirre, Alyssa Gagnon, Jordae Jenkins and Alexis Reis. Afterwards, they wrapped their arms around one another for a huddle (or a ‘huggle’) with first-year BRHS Principal Sharon Scarbrough.


Members of the SGA including Zeek (pictured: front and center) are dressed for Hawaiian Spirit Day


11th grader Zeek doesn’t shy away from the camera and for good reason… his smile is contagious. It’s his first time on television. You can be sure that he will still be wearing his Hawaiian shirt and cheering tonight from Section E, the spirit section of the stadium at “The River.”


Leah (pictured: center) and fellow members of BRHS Colorguard


Leah is a junior and a member of the school’s color guard. Holding a pair of silver pom poms, she boasts about her love for Pirate Nation because its energy level. You can feel a real sense of camaraderie as she and her friends smile for a photo.


Head Coach Curt Bradley during a live television interview


Pirates’ Head Football Coach Curt Bradley set the record straight on live television. He wants his team to make it all the way to the State Championship this season. They showed their moves during the pep rally; several players participated in a dance-off – and the group of well-dressed young men serenaded 17-year old Alyssa for her birthday — something that she will never forget.



Pirate Nation showed the community who they are today… a school with tremendous pride. Go Pirates!



#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.