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THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
Hosts Leap Into
Literacy is the key that unlocks an
individual’s ability to learn, which
is why the Junior League of Fort
Myers, Inc. hosted a Leap Into Literacy
event at the Literacy Council Gulf Coast
on August 15.
“This was our first year of hosting
the Leap Into Literacy event in part-
nership with the Literacy Council Gulf
Coast, and the response we received
from the community was phenomenal,”
said Junior League Literacy Outreach
Chair Kristine Smale. “This wasn’t just
a backpack giveaway; we wanted to get
kids excited for the new school year and
show them that learning and reading is
According to Smale, children were
divided into different age groups and
spent two hours doing literacy related
games and activities. Parents were also
involved with their own activities and
games, which gave them an opportu-
nity to have fun and get to know one
“It was truly a wonderful opportunity
to serve our community, and given the
smiles and laughter I saw and heard
throughout the day, I believe everyone
had a great time,” Smale added.
All children received a backpack
with three books and school supplies.
Children, ages 2 to 12, who are part
of the Literacy Council Gulf Coast’s
literacy programs, including its Moms &
Tots and tutoring programs, as well as
other local children who are interested
in literacy were invited to attend.
To celebrate the Junior League’s
50th anniversary in 2016, its members
are encouraging all of Southwest Florida
to join them in continuing their ongo-
ing volunteer efforts. The challenge is
simple. From June 1, 2015 to May
31, 2016, the Junior League is asking
adults to commit to volunteering 50
hours of community service and/or $50
to the local nonprofit(s) of their choice.
Children, ages 6 to 16, are asked to
donate 25 hours. Families are encour-
aged to take the challenge together if
they wish. During this same time, JLFM
members will also commit to completing
50 community service projects.
Participants may commit to the chal-
lenge and track their hours by down-
loading a form on the Junior League’s
website at www.jlfm.org. At the end of
the year, the Junior League will hold
a celebration honoring all participants
with a certificate and commemorative
pin next May.
For more information, call 277-1197
or visit www.jlfm.org.
The Junior League of Fort Myers’ Leap Into Literacy event held on August 15
Leap Into Literacy was held last month at the Literary Council Gulf Coast
Brunson Celebrity Basketball
Classic Returns To Dunbar
On Sunday, September 6, the 8th annual James Brunson Celebrity Basketball
Classic will be held at the Dunbar High School gym. The event is hosted by
First Lady Nikki, co-host of The Freak Show. Music is by DJ Q of 105.5
The Beat. Doors open at 6 p.m .
The event features an exhibition game beginning at 6:15 p.m . and a slam dunk
competition during half-time. Concessions will be available for purchase. General
admission tickets are $10. VIP premium seating tickets are $20. There is no admis-
sion charge for children age 5 and under. All proceeds benefit the James Brunson
Youth Scholarship Fund.
Special guests include six-time NBA All-Star Amari Stoudemire; Markihe
Anderson, Florida Gators; three-time NFL champion Henry Lawrence; three-time
NBA champion Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat; 2015 NBA Slam Dunk finalist Victor
Oladipo, Orlando Magic; 2015 NBA champion Maresse Spieghts, Golden State
Warriors; former Florida Gator star and Cape Coral native Teddy Dupay; Jamal
Rodgers; Andrew Layton; Edggerin James; Dwayne Jackson; Steve Woods; Richard
Washington; Ernest Graham; and Quinton and Marcus Willis.
The James “Boosie” Brunson Youth Development Educational Foundation’s
(JBF) mission is to create “universal understanding through educational scholarships
to recipients who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.”
With an education, local youth can achieve their goals and the foundation continues
to assist students in making their dreams come true.
The James Brunson Celebrity Basketball game takes place in the gym at Dunbar
High School, located at 3800 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. For more information,
call 305-896-0157 or go to www.jamesbrunsonyouthdevelopmentfoundation.org.
Solid Waste Labor Day Holiday
Collection Schedule And Closings
The City of Fort Myers Solid Waste Division will observe Labor Day on
Monday, September 7. The Solid Waste and Utility Billing Offices will be
closed. City Hall and City Offices will also be closed.
There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on
Monday, September 7. Residential and commercial customers will be serviced one
day later for collection the entire week.
All regular collection schedules will resume on Monday, September 14.
If you have any questions concerning your service, call the City of Fort Myers
Solid Waste Division at 321-8050.
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