Back to School Expo helps hundreds of kids

OKEECHOBEE — Back to School is in full swing. New teacher orientation and the fifth annual Back to School Expo at Okeechobee High School were one for the books or, rather, book bags. First, Our Village provided the new teachers in the Okeechobee County School District with nearly 80 “swag bags” to include much needed […]

Back to School Expo scheduled Aug. 3

OKEECHOBEE — Our Village and Florida Community Health Centers will partner again to bring this community event to the children and families of Okeechobee County. The Back to School Expo will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Okeechobee High School. In its fifth year, this expo provides families with […]

Okeechobee High School’s ‘Grad Night’ was a huge success

OKEECHOBEE — Grad Night was a night to remember for the Class of 2019. Not only did they join the ranks of adulthood through graduation from high school, they were treated to a lovely evening at the KOA at the 30th Annual All Night Graduation Party hosted by Our Village Okeechobee. A huge thank you […]

Students learn to ‘Start with Hello’

OKEECHOBEE — As part of the Sandy Hook Promise, Start with Hello week was incorporated into the Okeechobee County Schools. Start with Hello week enabled students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Artha Jonassaint is state FFA president

What a whirlwind June for 2018 Okeechobee High School graduate Artha Jonassaint or, shall we say, Madame President. At June’s Florida Future Farmers of America State Convention, Miss Jonassaint was elected state president, and donned her association jacket for the coming year. Artha will delay her enrollment for one year at Harvard University to work […]

Children’s mental health system needs community support

OKEECHOBEE NEWS – Are you concerned about children’s mental health? In light of recent events in our nation, children’s mental health is a discussion that should be taking place in all communities, including ours. A Children’s Mental Health System of Care is being implemented in Okeechobee County, and we need your input to make it […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Backpack program ends hunger, one student at a time

OKEECHOBEE — High school senior, Artha Jonassaint and a cadre of 50 other high school students are inspiring. Artha said the following, “The backpack program has given me a voice; it has given me a platform. I have been able to make a substantial change as a high schooler. I have found what sets my […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Duncan Gregg you inspire me!

OKEECHOBEE — You know how it’s cute to watch children? We watch them as we beam with pride at their piano recital, a dance, a school play, an awards ceremony, or a sporting event. Our children just seem to do that to us. I think we see them as an extension of ourselves — our […]

Boy with alopecia helps to educate other children

OKEECHOBEE — All I can say about this young boy, John Immerfall, is just you wait and see what this child does to change the world! I had the pleasure of meeting John and his mother to talk about why he looks different. With the release of the motion picture “Wonder,” which talks about the […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Civic-minded Mayor Dowling Watford inspires community

OKEECHOBEE — Husband, father, grandfather, mayor, historian, civic-minded, faithful, volunteer, a lover of Okeechobee — Dowling Watford is truly one who inspires. As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida this past September, many people sprung into action to make sure that we citizens of Okeechobee were assisted before, during, and after the storm. One of […]