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VOL. 23  NO. 5                                                                                 MAY 2021

       ‘Heroes’ Exhibit Salutes First Responders

      By Jackie Holfelder
        During the heart of the pandemic, leading up to the 2020
      holiday season, Lynne Barletta, founder of Visionary School of
      Arts (VSOA), the staff and the students were looking for a way
      to show their gratitude to Martin County’s first responders.
        They decided that the theme of the Rising Star Spring, 2021
      exhibit would be “Heroes” and included in the holiday gift basket
      that each first responder received from VSOA an invitation to the
      show, which took place the weekend of April 9 to 11 at Stuart
      Infiniti’s showroom.
        In the interim, the talented VSOA artists (students are aged 5
      to 18) and teachers created masterpieces that paid tribute to law
      enforcement, first responders and medical personnel.
                                                         Mary Rose Morris, age 10,   Alexandra Trejo and Christopher Carnes with
       ‘Heroes’ Exhibit on page 6                        Saviors of the States    Guardian                              Jodi Maxwell, age 11, America’s Heroes
       Students Recognized For Good Character

       Through Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards

        There’s light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, but many
      time-honored events still have not returned to normal. Last year
      to adapt to this challenging time, United Way of Martin County
      found creative ways to recognize students who were honored
      for their outstanding character through the CHARACTER
      COUNTS! Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards.
        Instead of honoring students during a ceremony, United Way
      of Martin County CHARACTER COUNTS! advisory board
      members continued the pandemic-friendly recognition they
      started last year by placing signs at students’ homes that read “A
      Joe Kordick Youth Character Award Winner Lives Here.” Seniors
      were also presented with a $1,000 cash award and middle school

      Students Recognized For Good Character on page 4   Noa Vignone              Lillian Dietrich        Shelby Sexton            Rose Kores
      Public Health In Action: Community Organizations Band

      Together For Pandemic Response And Recovery

        The year 2020 posed an extraordinary challenge for public   with the introduction of the
      health agencies and the response to the pandemic called for a   vaccine. Vaccination efforts in
      colossal community-wide collaboration spearheaded by the   Martin County began in early
      Florida Department of Health in Martin County (DOH).   January and clinics and outreach
        “This past year has been like no other. I am incredibly proud   events are ongoing based on
      of our DOH-Martin staff and our agency’s response, but we could   supply.
      not have done it alone,” said Carol Ann Vitani, health officer     In  March,  DOH-Martin
      for the Florida Department of Health. “Our partnerships and   in partnership with Martin
      volunteers helped set our community on the path to recovery.”   County Government launched
        COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing remain   a vaccination clinic site at the
      ongoing since early 2020, and the end of the year brought hope   Treasure Coast Square Mall in

                                                                                                                  Mary Ettari, P.A.; Sophie Soren, EMT; and Kathi
                                                                                                                  Harvey, R.N.
                                                                                  Sue Hardesty, R.N. and Rhonda
                                                                                  Foerscht, R.N.                  Public Health In Action on page 3
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