LNS Five Star School for 13 years and a Golden School for 37 years

On October 3, 2018, Sarasota County Schools announced that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has given 18 schools the Five Star School Award and 41 schools the Golden School Award for the 2017 – 2018 school year. These prestigious awards are given to public, specialty and charter schools statewide.
Laurel Nokomis School is a 2018 Five Star School Award recipient and has been a recipient for 13 years.  The school is also a 2018 Golden School Award recipient and has received that award for 37 years.
The Five Star School Award is presented annually by the FDOE Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council to schools that have demonstrated in-depth community involvement. In order to earn this designation, a school must prove that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in business partnerships, family involvement, volunteerism, student community service and student advisory councils. Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above, or school improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” for the year of nomination.
Similarly, the Golden School Award is issued annually. The award recognizes elementary, secondary and adult schools that report a minimum of 80 percent of school staff participation in training related to school volunteerism. Recipients must also designate a school volunteer coordinator for recruitment, placement, training and supervision of school volunteers. Additionally, the total number of hours of volunteer service of the school must equal twice the number of students enrolled in the school. Any volunteer activity that contributes to student improvement may be counted, including fundraising.

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