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Happy Independence Day!

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Dates to Remember

Jul 4th: Independence Day. Center CLOSED

Jul 7th: Presentation on Mosquitos

Jul 21st: Homestyles

 Parent Reminders

BAD WEATHER: Child Care of Southwest Florida follows the Lee County School Board Bad Weather Closing Schedule.  Please tune into your local weather station.  If school is called off or closes early the center will follow suit.  Please be prepared for alternative care in the event of bad weather closures.


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Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News



Messina 2013 (13) plantingNoah, Biera and Anobi, FGCU students chose Messina for their senior project.  The students visited Messina, and then met as a group to put together the project details.  Noah, Biera and Anobi weeded the gardens and filled them with planting mix and weed cover.  They planted seeds and worked with the school age children planting tomatoes and peppers.  The project will be passed onto the next group of FGCU students.  Look for ripe tomatoes and peppers and bring them home for dinner!  Garden vegetables and flowers are to assist parents with fresh vegetables and pretty flowers for their dining table.


Messina 2009 (14) Literacy Buddy reading

The Lion classroom is planning on having a guest from the library to go along with their reading incentive for the summer.  The children have already read over 100 books! We will send more details regarding the date of this visit soon.

This year, from May 22 to August 9, the Lee County Library wants to inspire our community to “Build a Better World.”

Find activities and events for you and your children.


kid-packing-backpack-clipart-backpack3.jpgJuly 30th is the 18th Annual Big Backpack Event presented by Multicultural Centre. Click on the Flyers to get more information:



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Play More, Sit Less!

July 21st, from 5:30pm-6:00pm and from 6:00pm-6:30pm
Presented by:  SWF Extension Service

Join us for our July Parent Workshop in our initiative to bring healthy foods and lifestyles to parents.  These 15 minute cycle workshops enable parents to attend, receive valuable information and still get home in time for dinner.  We encourage all of our parents to attend to help us help you become a healthy and active family.  We will have samples of tasty, healthy snacks, prepared by the School Age children in the Care Club. Parents may enjoy their delicious snack during the 15 minute training on July 21st from 5:30-6:30PM

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The patriotic palette of this sweet and crunchy mix makes it a perfect choice for your Independence Day celebration.

1 bag (8.75 oz) Chex Mix™ Honey Nut snack mix
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&M's™ chocolate candies red and blue



In a large bowl, combine the snack mix, blueberries, cranberries, and sunflower seeds.

Place the white chocolate chips into a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave on High for 60-90 seconds then stir. Melt for an additional 30-60 seconds, if needed.

Drizzle the melted chocolate over the snack mix, and stir until well coated. Turn the mix out onto a large piece of wax paper, sprinkle with blue and red candies, then allow the white chocolate to stand at room temperature for about 1 hour to harden. To serve, break the mix up into large chunks.



Mosquito Life Cycle, is the next segment brought to our VPK children through our partnership with the University of South Florida, with Felicia Nudo.  Children will be participating in activities exploring the life cycle of mosquitos.  Children in the Bumblebee, Lion and School Age classrooms will explore mosquito larvae and the importance of mosquito control.  The July programming will be held on Friday, July 7th.  Parents are invited to attend.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”

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