By Janet Hrezo, Brevard Center Staff
Happy Birthday, Kat
Students at the Brevard Center helped celebrate the birthday of Kat, Brevard Community College’s facility dog, at a party and open house sponsored by BCC’s Office for Students with Disabilities. This was a chance for our students to meet BCC students and a great opportunity for them to practice their social skills. Everyone enjoyed the event and celebrated Kat’s birthday with a piece of cake.
The Brevard Center works closely with the OSD which provides accommodations to students with disabilities. This includes making testing facilities and study space available, offering tutoring services and advocacy. Thanks to Sheri Rodriguez at the Melbourne OSD for her efforts and dedication in helping both our students and all students with disabilities achieve their goals.
Weekend Activities: Seeing the “Real” Florida
Brevard students had the opportunity to experience the “real” Florida during an airboat ride on the St. John’s River and Lake Poinsett. Beginning at the Lone Cabbage Fish Camp, students went looking for alligators in the marshes just west of Melbourne and although no gators appeared, they did see many of the bird species found in this type of habitat. Particularly surprising was the sight of free range cattle wading in the marshy areas. Zipping through the wetlands was an exciting experience and a reminder that Brevard County is full of new areas to explore.
It Must Be Spring
After a very cold winter, at least by Florida standards, we have hope for better days ahead. The Garden Club has started planting. Parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and cilantro are in the ground and with the warmer weather expected to continue, students will add tomatoes, eggplant, onions, peppers and beans. Club members Dave Friedland, Jay Mikush, Dane Sampath and Moultrie Woodall are interested in growing more herbs and spices for cooking this semester and in beginning a canning project when their vegetables are ready.
The “Great Chili/Soup Cook-Off” will take place on February 25 during the weekly Grill ‘n Chill. Students and staff will try to win the honor of being Melbourne’s top chef, and the competition is looking fierce. Stay tuned! Winners and maybe even a secret recipe will be revealed in the next News from CIP.