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ISLAND SUN - AUGUST 21, 2015
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Sanibel Sea School
that it was an incredible experience.
Students learned about the sea turtle life-
cycle and helped count over 70 hatched
eggs. Two tiny loggerhead hatchlings
were rescued from the nest for later
release into the ocean.
“We always see sea turtle nests
marked on the beach, but we never get
to see what’s inside,” said camper Jaime
Gustafson, 12. “Seeing the eggs and the
baby turtles was so cool!”
A big thank you to SCCF, Kelly Sloan
and Nancy Riley for making this experi-
ence possible for our students, and to
Amy Speckman at Casa Ybel for provid-
ing parking passes.
Sanibel Sea School is a 501(c)(3) non-
profit whose mission is to improve the
ocean’s future, one person at a time. To
learn more, visit www.sanibelseaschool.
Gator And Crocodile Tales
The biology of alligators and crocodiles is an ancient tale of survival. On
Wednesday, August 26 at 10 a.m., come to the SCCF Nature Center and
learn about these living dinosaurs to ensure our safety and their survival on
the islands. With higher summer temperatures, island alligators are very active and
females have nested.
During the program, watch a video of alligator nest hatching and learn the story of
Sanibel’s saltwater crocodile. Cost to attend the program is $5 for adults, with SCCF
members and children admitted free.
Call SCCF at 472-2329 for more information. The Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation is located at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road.
Alligator and babies
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Festival Of Trees
Starlight Sponsor – $5,000
Twinklelight Sponsor – $2,500
Candlelight Sponsor – $1,500
Goodwill is also seeking vendors for
Santa’s Block Party. The event is a day
of fun consisting of arts and crafts, enter-
tainment, a brunch with Santa and more.
Santa himself kicks off the whole celebra-
tion by arriving by fire truck and march-
Vendor tables are just $50. Additional
vendor and sponsorship information is
available at www.tuxandtrees.com.
Volunteer opportunities are also avail-
able. Visit www.tuxandtrees.com/volun-
teer to see how you can help. For other
questions, email MadisonMitchell@good-
willswfl.org or call 995-2106 ext. 2213.
The Festival of Trees and the Tux
& Trees Gala are the signature events
of The Southwest Florida Goodwill
Foundation. All events will be held at
the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center,
2301 First Street in the Fort Myers River
District. For more information about
Goodwill’s programs and services, visit
Festival of Trees entry from last year
Seafood • Steaks • Spirits
Sustainable Initiative Program
To Recycle Graduation Gowns
Greener Grads, a national sustainability initiative, will partner with Goodwill
Industries of Southwest Florida in collecting polyester graduation gowns. The
program furthers the sustainable journey of recycling versus mass production
as well as reduces the financial burden for students and families.
“Goodwill already collects caps and gowns, so partnering with Greener Grads
seemed like the right fit,” says Goodwill spokesperson Madison Mitchell. “After gradu-
ation is over, most people aren’t sure what to do with their gown so it usually ends up
sitting in the back of a closet. We’re offering an outlet to donate that graduation gown,
so that others can put it to good use.”
More than five million gowns eventually end up in landfills each year. Greener
Grads partners participate in the recovery-reuse-recycle initiative, directly aiding in the
goal of diverting unnecessary pollution from the country’s waste stream. In addition,
the Greener Grads’ recycling program allows graduation gowns to be rented at future
commencement ceremonies for a substantially lower cost than purchasing a new one.
“About 3.2 million gallons of oil are used to make 5.5 million graduation gowns
each year,” said Mitchell. “Greener Grads will take a donated gown and will see it get
at least 12 uses before being repurposed into lining and filler materials.”
The public is encouraged to bring their gowns to any Southwest Florida Goodwill
Retail & Donation Center. To find a location near you, visit www.goodwillswfl.org/
Airport Recognized For Best
Commercial Airport Project
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) honored Southwest Florida
International Airport (RSW) with the 2015 Commercial Service Airport
Project of the Year for its Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) upgrades. This
award was presented to the Lee County Port Authority, Kimley-Horn & Associates,
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