The School District of Lee County

Lee County schools have been out of session since a little before Hurricane Irma and they're not set to return until September 25th. 

Lee County School District Superintendent Gregory Adkins said this date is later than the school district intended. 

"The recovery process is taking quite longer than we thought it would," said Adkins at a press conference. "And we found that most of our buildings did sustain damage."

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The Lee County School District is starting a substance abuse intervention program just in time for the new school year, which began Thursday, Aug. 10. Instead of being suspended or sent to an alternative school, kids can go through this program for a first recorded incident with drugs or alcohol on school property. 

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Each year 280 children in Florida are born with Down syndrome, according to the Florida Department of Health. Those children’s families often have to spend extra money for treatment. But a facility has opened up in Fort Myers that will provide extra treatment for free.  

Jennyfer Gerrero Torres

An Immokalee High School graduate begins as a freshman at Harvard University on a full-ride scholarship this fall as the first student from that high school in the predominantly farmworker community to be accepted into the Ivy League university as an undergrad. But, her story is just one example of the community’s recent upward education trend.

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Children in rural Hendry County are training wild horses, making them suitable for adoption. They’re challenged to discipline 12 mustangs from Nevada in 100 days. But since Gov. Rick Scott just vetoed state funding for their club, the group predicts a future financial struggle. Let's go to the ranch in LaBelle where the kids are taming these wild animals.