Local Sanibel News: The Sanibel Sea School’s major fundraiser that supports outreach programs for at-risk landlocked youth, a scholarship program, and its newest addition – free camps on holidays.
This is the 12 annual Octifest on the Beach and will take place on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. on Island A at the Causeway Islands. Tickets are $150 each, and about 230 people attended last year.
The proceeds raised help fund outreach programs organized in partnership with the Pine Manor Improvement Association, Gladiolus Learning, and Development Center, The Heights Foundation, PACE Center for Girls and others. The programs aim to build confidence and educate the youths.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the school organized a free Hurricane Camp for parents whose children were out of school. Due to the great response from the community, it decided to begin offering camps on no-school days.
The evening will kick off with a cocktail hour and silent auction. There will be about two dozen items available to bid on. Dinner will follow, served up by Webster’s Catering. There is also some island-related trivia planned. Next is the live auction, featuring part-time Sanibel resident Victor Mayeron as the auctioneer.
To purchase tickets, call 239-472-8585 or visit www.sanibelseaschool.org/octifest
About Sanibel Sea School
At Sanibel Sea School our vision is a world where all people value, understand and care for the ocean. Our mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.
Sanibel Sea School is dedicated to vibrantly teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems – animals, people, plants, land, ocean and weather. We give students an opportunity to touch, feel and interact with natural surroundings.
The ocean delivers strong messages. Sanibel Sea School provides an experience that fosters an intimate connection with our ocean planet and a wellspring for lifelong stewardship. This is transformative education and it changes lives.
If we are to provide positive educational experiences and promote conservation, we must act as a responsible steward of the environment, of our local community, and of the people we serve. Our by-laws mandate that we conduct business in a manner that minimizes environmental impact and maximizes social contributions.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and philanthropic grants, we serve a variety of local organizations, teaching underprivileged and at-risk children and teens; some who live within twenty miles of the ocean and have never seen it.
We believe that the best way to teach people how to love the ocean is to show love ourselves. We value students as individuals. We value the animals we observe. We believe that great teachers truly love kids. And we strive to hire, grow and inspire great teachers.