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FMSEA Honors Makepeace as 2010 Marine Science Educator of the Year
Tie dye was in fashion when Dave Makepeace started what would become the state’s longest running service learning project at Coral Shores High School. It’s still vogue enough for shirts commemorating the Florida Marine Science Education Association Conference Banquet held at Sundowners Restaurant in Key Largo recently.

Makepeace, who was presented the 2010 John Beakley Marine Science Educator of the Year Award, took to the stage donning colors that reflect the marine environment he has lead others to protect for nearly four decades. Receiving the award he said, “Most of the credit goes to my many principals for their support, our community partners for all the opportunities they have provided and most importantly to my students for continuously making me look good.”

Coral Shores High School hosted many of the FMSEA conference events. Participants toured Makepeace’s classroom.  “It was wonderful to have everyone visit my room and meet my students. The award is like icing on the cake and receiving it at here is especially gratifying,” said Makepeace, a Coral Shores graduate born in the Florida Keys.

Makepeace is a 37-year educator and a lifetime member of FMSEA. A recipient of Florida Learn and Serve’s Steven Tunick Award in 2008, he is considered a leading authority in project-based service learning. 

His Marine Studies Program, in place since 1992, is the longest-standing service learning project in Florida. His traditional marine science classes feature multiple field trips and a state-of-the-art classroom with 30 75-gallon marine aquariums. In his project-based Marine Studies Program, students monitor water quality, recycle monofilament, assess habitats as well as restore sea grass and coral. 

Makepeace said, “The award is a great honor. I’ll take credit for believing students can do real-world types of activities.”



VNA at Key Largo Senior Group
Brigitte Miner, B.S., M.S.O.L., will speak to the Senior Group, 10:30 am, Monday, July 12, in the Key Largo Library’s Community Room, M.M. 101.4, Overseas Highway, Ocean side.  he Senior Group Monday Morning Speakers program, sponsored by Key Largo Library Friends, is open to the public.

Ms. Miner will discuss the numerous professional and in-home services provided by the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys. The VNA, a non-profit organization, has served Monroe County residents for 26 years.  It has two offices in Monroe County, one in Key West and the other in Tavernier at MM 92. Miner has spent over 20 years in the human services field.

For more information about the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice call 852-7887.  For more information about the Monday morning Senior Group programs, call 394-4006. 


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