Community schools at the heart of our neighborhood

City Commissioner Robert Stuart

City Commissioner Robert Stuart

As summer comes to an end and we look forward to another great school year here in College Park, I’m glad to welcome two new principals to our community- Dr. Mark Shanoff at Edgewater High School and Jason Fritz at Princeton Elementary. As I think about the uncertainty in our world today, one thing I know for certain, our schools truly make our community and our community truly makes our schools. I am so appreciative of all who work hard to make our learning institutions the pride of College Park.

While we all struggle for ways we can make a difference, my mind gets so caught up in trying to think of BIG ways we can save the world, that sometimes I forget that performing small acts of kindness here in our neighborhood can make a big impact. One of my favorite College Park residents signs all of her e-mails with a memorable quote… “If you think you are too small to be effective, then you have never shared a bed with a mosquito.”

And what better way to make a proactive difference than by helping with the education and welfare of our students?

There are so many ways to support our schools. One simple way is to NOT speed in school zones and stop for pedestrians crossing the street. Or try to attend what will surely be an exciting high school football game on August 26th at 7 p.m. at Edgewater High School where the Eagles square off against Bishop Moore in the Battle of College Park,   And if you have more time on your hands, consider mentoring. Visit for ideas on how you can serve.

I am so honored to get a front seat to so many great academic events. Whether it is judging the 5th Grade Oration Contest at Princeton, participating in the Storybook and Vocabulary Day Parades at Lake Silver, visiting with students from Lee’s After School All Stars program or teaching Orlando history to Mr. Riccio’s AP World History Sophomores at Edgewater, I am floored by the potential I see in our students every day.

It makes me wonder who will follow in the footsteps of distinguished College Park schools’ alumni like Orlando Magic founders Bobby and Jimmy Hewitt, Broadway greats Davis Gaines and Norm Lewis, authors Dennis Cone and Sharon Lechter, community servants Kay Ustler, Dexter Williams and Ben Crosby, Jr. or astronaut John Young? For more interesting, notable College Park graduates, check out the Edgewater High School Foundation’s Hall of Fame (

Those of us who have the privilege of working with young adults every day instead of just watching reports on the news are excited for what the future holds and I can’t wait to see the impact that today’s College Park students will have tomorrow on our community and our world.

If you want to learn more about the state of our College Park schools, join the College Park Neighborhood Association at their monthly meeting on October 3rd at 7 p.m. at the College Park Community Center for an evening with your School Board Member Nancy Robbinson, area superintendent John Wright and principals Sara Bigalke (Lake Silver), Jason Fritz (Princeton), Cindy Haupt (Lee) and Dr. Mark Shanoff (Edgewater).

Thanks for your support of our City, our community and our schools. I look forward to seeing you around College Park this month.

One Response to “Community schools at the heart of our neighborhood”

  1. Dennis Cone
    March 16, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    Thanks the mention Robert and to ALL for keeping the community spirit Glowing & Flowing for generations to come – I can truly say the foundation of my life was formed at Princeton Elementary – Happy Birthday Princeton and Follow your dreams students & anyone reading this post – Keep the Faith – Dennis & Team PCA

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