Ricky Pires Director,
“Wings of Hope” Program
The “Wings of Hope” program is an integral part of the FGCU Environmental Humanities curriculum and service learning requirement. University students are introduced to native Southwest Florida wildlife, their habitats, and water conservation. They bring this knowledge to students in 4th & 5th grade with science-based environmental education programs. Elementary school students are bussed to FGCU for the program - both public and private schools in Collier and Lee Counties..
The Wings of Hope program at Florida Gulf Coast University was recognized as the 1st place winner for the 2015 Campus Compact Florida Award! This award recognizes the outstanding campus-community partnerships that produce mesureable improvement while enhancing higher education. In the above picture from left to right: Jessica Rhea - Director Service-Learning, Ricky Pires - Director of Wings of Hope, President Wilson Bradshaw - Florida Gulf Coast University President.
Erica Waller accepts the Green Schools award for Higher Education, on behalf of FGCU Wings of Hope, at the green schools alliance confrence in Pittsburg, PA. Best Green School Award for higher education awards the people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in creating healthy, efficient learning environments for our students. The Panther posse program was honored to recieve the award that is sponsored by the Green Schools National Network. Shortly after a letter of congratulations from U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was recieved.
Sponsored by WGCU, Ricky Pires, the Wings of Hope Director and the Panther posse program were honored as one of Florida’s Women Who Make Southwest Florida. Letter of Congratulations from Governor Rick Scott, Collier County School Superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton, and FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw. An article was also featured in eBella and FGCU Expressions magazine.