Star Filled Celebration - Take Stock in Children

On May 13 the Charlotte County Take Stock in Children held their "Star Filled Celebration" to honor our graduating seniors, recognize our continuing scholars, and induct our new eighth graders. We were honored to have Take Stock in Children Regional Director Marilyn Fashano; alumni Taylor Duckett, recent graduate of University of Miami; and Cindy Helton, Executive Director of Suncoast Credit Union Foundation as our guest speakers. Also, graduating senior, Rebecca Corvil shared Words of Wisdom for the remaining classes.

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Mentor Mixer

On Friday, May 8 the Board of Trustees held a mentor mixer at Trabue Restaurant to thank the reading and Take Stock in Children mentors for all their work with the students of Charlotte County Public Schools. A raffle was also held that included four tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays Baseball game. The winner was reading mentor Maureen Winsor. (She is pictured on the right with Mary Fred Clemmons, Executive Director; and Kim Amontree, CLEF VP). Congratulations!

Pictured above left: Kim Amontree and Michael Hirst; Right: Dr. F. Swing and Jules Jean-Pierre. Lower Left: Mr. & Mrs. MacDonald and Right: Vanessa Oliver and Chris Grant.

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Congratulations Paul Atherton

CenturyLink Teachers & Technology Grant

On Monday, May 4, Shelly Chitwood and Amy Biener of CenturyLink, surprised Paul Atherton of Kingsway Elementary with a $5,000 grant to be used for the auditory and motor integration training for students with autism spectrum disability. The grant is made possible by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. CLEF says Congratulations!


Pictured with Paul are his fellow Kingsway Elementary School cohorts.




Launch a Scholar!

With your help, we raised money for

one scholarship for our 2020 class.

*You can still donate towards a scholarship for our 2020 class. Just click the donate button.

Congratulations to the Fifth Graders and TagArt

Mary Fred Clemmons, Executive Director of CLEF is pictured with Allison L. of Vineland Elementary. Allison won the CLEF Choice Award and $25. Three other Vineland students also won. Press Release and MORE INFO or to Purchase a Tag Click Here

It's A Goal

Deep Creek STEM Project

STEM Teacher, Alicen Rhodes at Deep Creek Elementary received funding through an AT&T grant to create a Lego project called Goal Keeper.  The objective for the students was to build and program a mechanical goal keeper that was motorized to move back and forth to block a paper ball from a goal.          

This grant was made available through Charlotte Local Education Foundation.  Because CLEF is a member of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, grants such as AT&T can be funded and made available to teachers annually. MORE INFO

School Board Congratulates

Teacher & Support Employee of the Year

On Tuesday, March 17 CCPS School Board members congratulated the Finalists and Winners of Teacher & Support Employee of the Year. Tim Ostrow, 2016 Teacher of the Year and Debbie Hemphill, 2015 Support Employee of the Year each received $1,000 from Charlotte Local Education Foundation. Once again Congratulations!

Traveling Plaque 2014-15 Awarded


Dr. Sarah Pappas of William G. and Marie Selby Foundation was awarded the CLEF Traveling Plaque in appreciation of their sponsorship over the years to Charlotte County Public Schools. This plaque is awarded each year to an outstanding donor for their long-term support. A big thank you to the Selby Foundation.




Congratulations Teacher & Support Employee of the Year




Over 250 attendees witnessed the announcement the 2015 Support Employee of the Year - Debbie Hemphill of Charlotte Harbor Center and the 2016 Teacher of the Year - Tim Ostrow of L.A. Ainger Middle School. Congratulations to them and to all the finalist.

For more pictures of the event MORE INFO

Mentor Thank You


Take Stock in Children 2014 Accountability Report

To see the entire report, click on the image above.

Congratulations to Executive Director

Mary Fred Clemmons


While attending the annual Take Stock in Children Conference in Orlando, Mary Fred Clemmons, Executive Director of CLEF, received her 15+ years of service award. Way to go Mary Fred - we are proud of you!

View Press Release here.




Building Student Success

The Charlotte Local Education Foundation, Inc. is Connecting Children, Classrooms and Community to build “Student Success.” Please join us as we plan for the future!

Since 1989 we have provided support to Charlotte County Public Schools, through programs such as:

  • Take Stock in Children scholarship mentoring program
  • Teacher Supply Depot
  • Teacher and Support Employee of the Year event

Help Support your Charlotte County Schools...

The purpose of Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) is to raise financial support for Charlotte County Public Schools and mentoring programs through fundraising events.

Connecting Children, Classrooms, and Communities ...

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics provides an opportunity for local schools and non-profit organizations to pursue grant funding to work with local businesses to further workplace based experiences for students by increasing the student’s awareness and interest in STEM careers.

YOU can help your school system by...

Teacher and Support Employee of the Year: our annual, signature event honoring outstanding educators and support staff who make a difference for our students each day. MORE INFO

Payroll Deduction: Thank you to all the Charlotte County Public School Employees who donate to the Take Stock In Children and CLEF programs for students and teachers through the Payroll Deduction Program. You are making a difference in the lives of our students. MORE INFO

License Plates: show your support of the Charlotte County and Florida state school system by purchasing the "Support Education" license plate for your vehicles. Your support goes directly to public schools in your county, funding programs not supported by tax dollars, such as: Extra reading help for students in grades K-3, Mentoring for at-risk students, Classroom innovations for teachers and students, Enrichment in math and science, and Music programs for special needs children. MORE INFO

Take Stock in Children: by mentoring a student or providing a donation for a scholarship, you can be a part of a statewide program in our local community, by bettering Charlotte County - one student at a time! READ MORE

Teacher Supply Depot: a "store" where educators can get free stuff for their classrooms. Donations of new and gently-loved school and office supplies, as well as craft and recycled materials are always appreciated! MORE INFO

For more Charlotte County Schools information click here.