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The Academy of Senior Professionals

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ASPEC and the Sanderlin IB World School

Sanderlin Art Exhibit at Lewis House
July 1-September 15th, 2013

 The Visual Arts Council of ASPEC at Eckerd College is pleased to announce the new art exhibit at Lewis House.  The artwork of students K-8 at JB Sanderlin IB School, will be on the walls from July 1-September 15  with the cooperation of Jessee Janice, art teacher and coordinator of the art programs at Sanderlin, and all of the art teachers.  ASPEC has had an ongoing relationship with Sanderlin in the form of mentoring students, tutoring in the classroom, volunteering for various tasks during the school year, and supporting student scholarships for the  Science Splash Camp program which is held at Eckerd College each summer. Over the years, Eckerd College students have also volunteered at Sanderlin in a faculty led project called the Edible Peace Patch. We look forward to strengthening the bond between Sanderlin and the Eckerd College community at all levels. ASPEC has been Sanderlin's Community Partner for the past 2 years and was recently honored (as was the School) for its role in the academic improvement Sanderlin has achieved. Both Sanderlin and ASPEC received the Mayor's Top Apple award.


Inspired is a drawing by McKenna Minarcin, age 12

The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Thursday, August 29, from 5-6 at Lewis House.  We invite all of the college community and area art lovers to join us in celebrating these young artists, their teachers and our relationship with the Sanderlin IB World School.


Van Gogh Sunflowers is mixed media by Rebecca O'Reilly,  age 8

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The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) has been honored on two occasions recently for its efforts on behalf of the Sanderlin IB World School. 

Firstly, ASPEC was nominated by Sanderlin’s administration as “Business Partner of the Year.” At an event sponsored by the Pinellas County Education Foundation, ASPEC received a certificate acknowledging this nomination.  The new Superintendent of Schools for Pinellas County, Dr. Michael Grego, and Sanderlin Principal, Dr. Denise Miller presented the certificate to Ken Wolfe (ASPEC Director) and Julia Lewis (ASPEC Senate President).

Sanderlin Business Partner

Secondly,  since Sanderlin IB World School recently raised its Academic grade level two steps, the school, its Principal and former Assistant Principal were honored by Mayor Foster as recipients of his Top Apple award (along with many other schools in St. Petersburg). This award is given to schools who raise their academic grade level or who maintain an A level. Once again, Sanderlin’s administration honored ASPEC as its “Community Partner”, giving us credit for helping the school and its students to achieve this new status. The Mayor presented ASPEC’s President and Director with a plaque commemorating this award which is on display at Lewis House.

Top Apple Award

ASPEC members serve as mentors and reading tutors at the school. They also provide financial support, especially in the area of scholarships for Sanderlin students to attend the Summer Science Splash Camp at Eckerd College, each year, in July.

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