Chalkboard Champions

Past Winners

  December Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Capt. Goodman from Sarasota Military Academy

December Chalkboard Champion of the month for Sarasota County

November Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County: Mrs. Galletta from Electa Lee Middle

We head to Bradenton for November’s Manatee County Chalkboard Champion. ABC7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Electa Lee Middle School to meet Theater Director Starloe Galletta.

November Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Mrs. Conley from Atwater Elementary

We head to North Port for November’s Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion. ABC 7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Atwater Elementary to meet first grade teacher Kayla Conley.

October Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County: Mrs. McMahon from Rowlett Academy

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - ABC7 is teaming up with Gettel Automotive to celebrate teachers in our community – we’re calling them the Chalkboard Champions.

Local News

Sarasota County Commissioners approve Siesta Promenade project

Sarasota County Commission has approved the Siesta Promenade project.

Neighbors Say They Caught Business Illegally Dumping into Venice Canal

It happened on the eastern part of Gulf Coast Parkway which intersects with Groveland Avenue on Friday night and on Monday.

Suspect wanted for alleged vehicle burglary in North Port

North Port Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly burglarized a vehicle in North Port.

3 Frida Kahlo self-portraits to be auctioned in Sarasota

Sarasota Estate Auction owner Andrew Ford said they came by the portraits through a private collector who had them in his collection for several years. Ford said the self-portraits still have the original paperwork from when they were displayed in the Misrachi Gallery.

Sarasota woman going to jail for extreme physical abuse of her 3-month-old baby

Testing revealed the baby had broken bones in both wrists, broken ribs, a broken arm, a skull fracture and brain bleeding. The baby had to be flown to All Children’s Hospital in St. Pete due to the extreme injuries she suffered.

Bradenton family files lawsuit against Orlando PD over missing daughter’s case files

A Suncoast family is fighting for information that could lead to a missing loved one. Jennifer Kesse disappeared in Orlando 13 years ago. She was last seen at her apartment in January 2006.


Unattended food may have caused house fire in Charlotte County

On Tuesday night, a home was destroyed due to a fire that officials believe was caused by unattended food on the stove.

Gettel Automotive donates over $30,000 worth of bikes for Toys for Tots

Here on the Suncoast Gettel Automotive is donating thousands of dollars worth of bikes to the Toys for Tots program.

Sarasota County Begins Plans to Build New High School in West Villages

However, the state says Sarasota County will have to wait to break ground until it has 1,200 students to put in the new school.

First Alert Weather:Chance for thunderstorms Sunday, possibly severe

Sunday will be an important weather day as a front approaches the Suncoast. The Storm Prediction Center has identified central Florida as a location were there is a 5% potential that some storms may become severe.

Higher concentrations of lead found in three Sarasota Co. schools

Although there is no mandate that requires schools to test for lead, Sarasota County schools will be conduction voluntary water testing in the area.

December Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Capt. Goodman from Sarasota Military Academy

December Chalkboard Champion of the month for Sarasota County