Mark your Calendars

Teacher & Support Employee of the Year Reception & Awards Ceremony to be held Thursday, February 12 at 5:30 in the Auditorium at the Murdock Baptist Church located at 18375 Cochran Blvd., in Port Charlotte.

Tickets are required to attend the event and may be purchased online at before February 2 for $20 per person. At the door on the 12th will be $25. This event is also a key fundraiser for the Take Stock in Children Program in Charlotte County.

Please come and support your local teachers and support employees. MORE INFO

AT&T STEM Grant Award

On January 16 Matt Mucci of AT&T along with Mary Fred Clemmons, Executive Director of CLEF, presented STEM teacher, Alicen Rhodes of Deep Creek Elementary a check for $2,000 for a robotic LEGO project for the 2nd - 5th grade students.

Pictured from left to right: Mary Fred Clemmons, Matt Mucci, Alicen Rhodes, Principal Adrienne McElroy, and Asst. Principal James Vernon.

January is Mentor Month

On January 13 Charlotte Local Education Foundation hosted a reception for the Take Stock in Children and the Port Charlotte High Reading Mentors. After the reception, they attended the Charlotte County School Board meeting where the mentors were recognized and a short video was presented thanking the Take Stock Mentors. Thank you to all the wonderful mentors in Charlotte County.

Night for Autism Awareness

60's & 70's Rewind for Autism Awareness with Al Holland and Friends on Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 pm at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 NW Aaron Street. More Info

Take Stock in Children 8th Grade Scholarship Recipients

This year the selected scholars are:(back row) Omehvy Rivera-Martinez & Richard Tucker of Murdock Middle Steven Cloyd & Brisilda Bejte of Punta Gorda Middle; Patricia Fuller of LA Ainger Middle; Michael Fishetti of Murdock Middle. (front row) Marissa Cavaliere of Port Charlotte Middle; Alex Roberson of LA Ainger; Anthony Genik & Lea Hendrickson of Punta Gorda Middle; Brandon Garcia & Kaitlin Kirkpatrick of Port Charlotte Middle.

We welcomed them to Take Stock in Children on December 3.

More Photos - Press Release


Take Stock in Children 2014 Accountability Report

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

Thank you to Wells Fargo

Charlotte Local Education Foundation received $2,500 from Wells Fargo to go towards the Take Stock in Children scholarship program in Charlotte County.

State of Education

The State of Education Breakfast with Superintendent Dr. Doug Whittaker was held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in conjunction with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Coffee. Dr. Whittaker shared where the district has been, where it is today, and the goals to move forward with the help of the business community.


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.


Thank you Punta Gorda Rotary Club

On Tuesday, September 9, Frank Bell of the Punta Gorda Rotary Club, presented Geri Waksler, President of Charlotte Local Education Foundation, a check for $14,000 for Charlotte County Public Schools "Techsmart" Classrooms at the district middle schools. This award was presented during the school district monthly board meeting. Pictured from left to right: Chuck Bradley, Asst. Superintendent; Dr. Whittaker, Superintendent; Lee Swift and Bob Segur, School Board; Frank Bell; Ian Vincent, School Board; Geri Waksler; Alleen Miller and Barbara Rendell, School Board.

Congratulations Sharon Bruno

Sharon was selected as the 2015 Teacher of the Year for CCPS. She recently attended the 2015 State Teacher of the Year Roundtable and received the Governor's Shine Award.

Governor Rick Scott, Sharon Bruno, First Lady Ann Scott, and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart.



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.