| Date: 10/3/2017|
Approximately one in every 700 children are born with Down syndrome, representing an estimated 6,000 births per year in the United States; and
WHEREAS, there are over 350,000 individuals living with Down syndrome in the United States; and
WHEREAS, while research and early intervention have resulted in dramatic improvements in the life span and potential of those who are affected, more investigation is needed into the causes and treatment of Down syndrome; and
WHEREAS, possessing a wide range of abilities, people with Down syndrome are active participants in educational, occupational, social, and recreational circles of our communities; and
WHEREAS, individuals with Down syndrome should have every opportunity to achieve the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, pride in their achievements, inclusion in their community and reaching their fullest potential;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim that October 2017 shall be known, designated and set aside as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Lee County and encourages residents to work together with local programs like GiGi’s Playhouse which provide programs to individuals with Down syndrome and help create opportunities, raise awareness and facilitate solutions for these valued members of our community.
Alcohol use by Lee County teens has decreased 21.4% in the past 10 years; and
Whereas, tobacco use by Lee County teens has decreased 17.2% in the past ten years; and
Whereas, use of prescription pain relievers has decreased 7.1% in the past ten years; and
Whereas, this shows that Lee County students are making good choices about alcohol and drugs, and that their parents are talking to them about alcohol and drugs; and
Whereas, for every dollar spent on prevention, seven dollars are saved in treatment according to United States Government Surveys; and
Whereas, families in Lee County show an extraordinary commitment to prevention and the health and wellness of their children as demonstrated by their participation in prevention programs like Red Ribbon Week and Drug House Odyssey; and
Whereas, hundreds of Lee County students participate in Red Ribbon Week events in their schools led by their extraordinary teachers and principals; and
Whereas, this year's theme of Red Ribbon Week is "Your Future Is Your Key, So Stay Drug Free"; and
Whereas, the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida, the School District of Lee County, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Lee Health, and Busey Bank will celebrate National Red Ribbon Week on October 19, 2017, at a ceremony honoring Lee County's Drug-Free kids;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim October 23-31, 2017 as Red Ribbon Week in Lee County.
| Date: 9/19/2017|
A healthy, productive society is largely dependent upon the energy and vision of those individuals who step forward into positions of leadership; and
Whereas, the students here today have proven their leadership to both youths and adults in the Dominican Republic through outstanding academic achievement, contributions to their community, and serving as positive role models; and
Whereas, the Dominican International Foundation, together with the Hispanic American Business Alliance recognizes their leadership potential; and
Whereas, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners is proud to welcome this youth leadership group to Lee County;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby recognize these students for their desire to serve the larger community. Our hope is that their visit strengthens their sense of purpose, self-confidence and personal responsibility as they continue, with drive and determination, to emerge as future world leaders.
The South Fort Myers Little League just completed its 25th year at Rutenberg Park culminating in its fifth State Championship; and
Whereas, the SFMLL Juniors for ages 13-14 won the District Championship over teams from Lee and Charlotte Counties; and
Whereas, this team won the Southwest Florida Sectional Championship by defeating district winners from Collier, Hendry and Sarasota Counties; and
Whereas, these 14 young men won four games in the Florida State Tournament, three of which were come from behind, one-run victories to become State Champions of Florida; and
Whereas, they played in Little League Baseball's Southeast Regional Tournament, defeating state champions from Georgia, West Virginia and Virginia before losing to North Carolina in the Region Championship game;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the South Fort Myers Little League All-Stars on winning the 2017 State of Florida Championship.
In Lee County close to 29,000 elementary school students may be deemed “food insecure” and receive breakfast and lunch during the school week; and
Whereas, Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida supplements their breakfast and lunch during the weekend by sending home food every Friday; and
Whereas, Blessings in a Backpack focuses specifically on a major gap-weekends during the school year; and
Whereas, hunger has both short and long-term negative effects on children’s health and ability to succeed in school, Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida is providing over 121,600 hunger free weekends this school year; and
Whereas, this food keeps hunger pangs at bay until children return to school on Monday morning, but the impact goes beyond that, student survey results show that children fed by Blessings in a Backpack experience the following impact on their lives:
• 78% feel cared for by their community
• 71% feel they are helping their family
• 60% get into less trouble
• 59% find it is easier to learn at school
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby recognize National Blessings in a Backpack Week in Lee County.