Community Spotlight

Elevating to New Heights


Samantha Guillaume was one of fifty seniors sitting in the audience at Elevate Orlando’s Senior Night on May 2 of this year. She laughed with friends and ate her meal as each teacher stood up to announce the accomplishments of the students. When Samantha’s teacher called her name, she announced to the group, “Samantha Guillaume, senior leader at Oak Ridge […]

Community Spotlight: The making of a family home


Like many parents, Jennifer Deese “wanted a house in a neighborhood where our kids could ride their bikes and feel safe.” A native Floridian who has always called Orlando home, Jennifer, remembers life here when people sat on their front porches together and talked during sunset, and she wanted to give that same lifestyle to her two children. Jennifer and […]

Lemonade and little girls: Standing up to leukemia and lymphoma


In February of this year, all Orange County Public Schools participated in a fundraiser for the nonprofit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but two students in Orlando also found a way to raise awareness as they raised funds. Celia Gomez, a fifth-grader at Lake Eola Charter School, along with her sister, Gia, a second-grader at the same school, set up a […]


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