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July 28, 2021

Keeping Up With The Kids

Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway
Charlotte County Community Services will be hosting a drive-thru Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway starting at 9am on Saturday, July 24 at the Centennial Park baseball fields parking lot. A total of 500 free backpacks will be distributed to the first 350 students in grades K-5 and the first 150 students in grades 6-12. Children must be present to receive a backpack and all families must remain in their vehicles. The Centennial Park ballfields are located at 1185 Centennial Blvd, Port Charlotte. For information, contact Jill Boyd at 681•3760.

Kids Fishing Clinic
Come out and learn how to fish with CHEC (Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.) The last Kids’ Fishing Clinic for the summer is on Saturday, July 31, 8am to noon. The clinic is an introduction to the basics of fishing held at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, on Lemon Bay. Inside the Visitor’s Center you will learn about the supplies, techniques, and regulations of saltwater angling, and the second half of the program will feature putting those new skills to use by wading into the shallow waters of Lemon Bay and trying some catch-and-release fishing! As introductory courses, these programs are geared toward children, but the entire family is encouraged to attend. Children must be six years or older to participate, and any child under ten years old must have an adult participating with them. The cost of the program is $10 per person, and anyone over the age of 16 must have a valid Florida fishing license. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Please call 475•0769 or email gerald@checflorida.org to register. Website: www.ChecFlorida.org.

Back to School Bash 2021
The annual Back to School Bash will be held at SKY Academy at 871 S. River Road on Saturday, August 7 from 10am until 1pm. This free event will be a drive-by distribution again this year with backpacks, school supplies and toiletries. Kids Needs of Greater Englewood will have their Kids Needs Closet open from 10am to 1pm for free tennis shoes, socks, and clothing. It is open to any child who is attending an Englewood area school or is a military dependent. Children must attend with a parent or guardian. The attending adult must have a proper ID for the Englewood area and/or a report card from the children’s school. This annual event is sponsored by the Englewood Family YMCA, Living Hope Church, Kids Needs of Englewood, The Rotary Youth Foundation, Symbiont Service, Michael J Looney Electric, Elsie Quirk Library, and several local churches and businesses. For more information, call the YMCA at 475•1234.

Kids Backpack Food Program
The Jubilee Center, St. David’s Episcopal Church, is offering their annual Summer Backpack for Kids Program. Kids’ backpacks can be picked up on Mondays through Wednesdays, 10am–noon. The program is open to Englewood families with each child receiving one backpack. Each backpack contains kid-friendly, easy open, non-perishable food. Families can come every other week to receive a box of food along with a backpack. For questions, call 681•3550. The Jubilee Center is located at 401 S. Broadway.

Free Summer School Lunches
When school is out for the summer, it can be a challenge for some children to have access to a healthy meal. Charlotte County Public Schools’ answer to this challenge is the C.O.W., or “Champs on Wheels.” The C.O.W. is a mobile food bus that brings lunch for children ages 18 and under to various sites around Charlotte County.
The C.O.W. will stop at Mid-County Regional Library in Port Charlotte from 11-11:30am, and at Port Charlotte Public Library from 11:45am-12:15 pm. The sack lunches are packaged to be eaten at home. For questions, call Champ’s on Wheels at 575•5400, ext. 1419.

Library Offers Snacks for Kids
Snack bags are available at Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street, to anyone 18 years old and under during summer break. The snack bags contain ten snack items that kids can take home for the weekend. The snack bags may be picked up during library operating hours, Monday through Saturday. For more information, call the library at 861•1225. The bags are provided by All Faiths Food Bank.

College Applicants’ Writing Workshop
A powerful, well-written essay can make all the difference in whether a student gets accepted into a college. Yet many students who hope to achieve their dream of a college degree may not have a mentor who is able to guide them through this potentially overwhelming component of their college application portfolio. Local high school seniors who wish to learn the ins and outs of writing a college essay can now do so conveniently from their home or school computer thanks to a partnership with New College of Florida and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. New online workshops provided at no cost will cover aspects such as becoming familiar with the application, ways to generate ideas, how to write reflectively and how to approach rewrites. Currently, this workshop is only available to students in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Those students, as well as other interested students can register to receive info about the application essay workshops by providing their contact information, at https://apply.ncf.edu/register/?id=65e5b694-b611-4a97-be77-879a2255b881. You can also call New College at 487•5000.

The items appearing in this column are as accurate as possible. Please phone the listed numbers for confirmation and further information. If you have an upcoming event you would like to have considered for Nature Calls, please send info and/or photo to The Englewood REVIEW, 370 W Dearborn St, Suite B, Englewood, FL 34223, englewoodreview@comcast.net.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Article comment by: Danielle Davis

Is there any registration for the Back To School bash or any requirements from the parents to bring??

Hi Danielle, please bring proof of address in the Englewood area scholl district (utility bill, drivers license...) For more information, you can call the YMCA: 941-475-1234

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