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28 x February 1 — 14, 2018 x New Year, New You Healthier living starts at the library Healthy Living Nutrition And The Golden Years West Oaks Branch, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee Windermere Branch, 530 Main St., Windermere Wednesday, February 7,10:30 a.m,-12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17,11 a.m. Senior experts will provide information on Mamta Rao, MS LDN RD, associate professor creating and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. at Valencia College, shares tips on nutrition This event is part of the ongoing Smarter and related health issues for seniors. Learn Senior Seminar Series presented by Mike about important nutritional recommendations, Flahaven, E-Pro, SFR, CSHP, and Certified supplements and issues with food intake Senior Housing Professional. To learn that may prevent good nutritional absorption, more about YourFloridaHaven, visit especially relating to dysphagia (difficulty in For registration swallowing), skin care and importance of please contact Mike Flahaven at 407-340-5291. massage and fluid intake. Cuisine Comer: Healthy Living is a Sip Away Southwest Branch, 7255 Della Drive Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. Join Karon Cannon with Tea Craze as she shares all about tea. Learn the history of tea, types of teas and health benefits of drinking tea. Enjoy a tea tasting and tips on brewing the perfect cup. Registration required. To register visit or call 407.835.7323 Mindfulness to Help Teens De-stress Winter Garden Branch, 805 E. Plant St. Saturday, February 17,11 a.m. Being a teenager can be stressful! Learn how mindfulness, a simple but powerful tool, can help you handle stressful situations and transform difficult relationships. This event is recommended for teens and parents. O RANG E C O UNT Y 407.835.7323

n Sunset Park Elementary x February 1 — 14, 2018 x 29 The Florida Department of Education released its 2016-17 graduation rates for the state, school districts and compiled by Lauren Salinero high schools. Orange County Public SCHOOL NEWS The new Barracuda Playground at Thornebrooke Elementary officially opens. Sunset Park Elementary student Kevin Wei displays his winning artwork at the American Kennel Club Championship Dog Show. Windermere resident Kevin Wei of Sunset Park Elementary won first place at the 2017 American Kennel Club Art Contest in the kindergarten-fifth-grade division. Winners were determined from the following grade divisions: kindergarten-fifth, sixth-eighth and ninth-12; and the theme of the contest was “Puppies.” In addition, students Nandini Muvva and Ava Parrulli were finalists. The top winner in each division received a ribbon and $50 Amazon gift card, and the students’ artwork was displayed at the AKC Championship Dog Show. n Thornebrooke Elementary Representatives of Thornebrooke Elementary announced the opening of the Barracuda Playground. The structure, made of more than 32,000 recycled plastic containers, preserves the “green” school goal of considering both the community and environment as it grows. The PTO, families and community members worked hard to raise funds for the project throughout the course of a full school year. n Windermere High Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and District 1 Commissioner Betsey VanderLey will co-host a grand opening of the Deputy Scott Pine Community Park, at which one of the fields will be used by Windermere High. The other field will be multipurpose for recreational use. The event will take place Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. The park is located at 6865 Ficquette Road in Windermere. For more information, visit events/149171619122111/. n Et Al The SafeWalk Committee, including representatives from Orange County Public Schools’ departments of safety and emergency management, facilities services and transportation services, delivered a presentation to the school board during one of its work sessions on the SafeWalk Program. The goal of the program is to coordinate safe walking for students and assisting with traffic management or safety issues impacting schools. It provides tools and assistance to schools, parents and agency partners to address various pedestrian and traffic safety issues, including a review of hazardous conditions, safe walk criteria and infrastructure needs. It also works with local crossing-guard coordinating agencies to identify and resolve gaps. Schools reached a new district record high and had 17 traditional high schools with graduation rates above 90 percent. OCPS now outperforms the state by 2.4 percentage points, expanding this advantage by almost 2 percentage points in the 2016-17 school year. The graduation rates of OCPS’s traditional high schools and the overall district increased by 1.6 and 3.4 percentage points for a 93.8 and 84.7, respectively. As part of a weeklong study unit on “Our Community,“ Premier Academy students (l. to r.) Harper Kassel, Kylie-Marie Kunkel and Rebekka Napartovich build their own community scenes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30