Chalkboard Champions

Past Winners

  15 cars full of donations and $10,000 raised for teachers on the Suncoast

This year, we wanted to do more to help teachers on the Suncoast. On Friday, August 2, all six Gettel locations opened their doors to the community. ABC7 was there as donations poured in and many teachers, past and present, stopped by to give their thanks.

  14 cars filled with supplies and more than $10,000 donated for teachers on the Suncoast

All day long, ABC7 was at the dealerships. Donors filled more than 14 vehicles with classroom supplies and gave more than $10,000!

Chalkboard Champions: Crusade for School Supplies

Every month during the school year, ABC7 honors an educator in Sarasota County and Manatee County as the “Chalkboard Champion" and now you can get involved!

  Chalkboard Champions helping local teachers pay for classroom supplies

ABC7 has teamed up with Gettel Automotive to celebrate teachers on the Suncoast - calling them “Chalkboard Champions." The community nominates a teacher and ABC7 selects two winners each month - one for Sarasota and Manatee County.

  Chalkboard Champion: Elementary school teacher who always arrives early, stays late

Chalkboard Champion & 5th Grade Teacher, Kara Carney (middle) poses with ABC 7's Ray Collins, Gettel Automotive's Roy Smalls, student Christian Vann, her mother Michelle Vann and Principal Pat Stream at Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary School in Manatee County.

  Chalkboard Champion: Special needs instructor with a special approach

Winner of the ABC 7 Gettel Automotive "Chalkboard Champion" for May in Sarasota is Josh Stolze of "Beyond the Spectrum" Education Center in Lakewood Ranch. Josh is with ABC 7 Anchor Ray Collins and Gettel Automotive's Fred Bartholomew.

  Chalkboard Champion: J.R. Boatwright of Johnson-Wakeland School

Mr. Boatwright, a Lakeland native, has been a teacher for 12 years, the past six in Bradenton. He says he loves what he does. And it shows.

  Chalkboard Champion: Clesha Allen of Booker Elementary School

ABC 7's Ray Collins, Emma E. Booker Elementary School Teacher Clesha Allen and Sandep SIngh of Gettel Automotive.

  Chalkboard Champions: Kindergarten teacher Loreena Durrance

Tara Elementary School Principal Laura Campbell, ABC 7 Anchor Ray Collins, Teacher Loreena Durrance and a representative from Gettel Automotive pose for this month's ABC 7 & Gettel Automotive 'Chalkboard Champion' for March in Manatee County.

  Chalkboard Champion: Coach Brenda Clark

She may not be a traditional teacher, but Brenda Clark has taught some Venice High School students more than they’ve ever learned in a classroom.

  Chalkboard Champion: Ms. Heather Camarda

Our Chalkboard Champion for February in Manatee County is Ms. Heather Camarda.

  Chalkboard Champion: Mr. Robert Craig

Our Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion for February is Mr. Robert Craig.

  Meet Chalkboard Champion Mrs. Katherine Choate!

Mrs. Katherine Choate is this month's Manatee County Chalkboard Champion!

  January Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Mr. Case from Venice High

The Venice High School teacher making a difficult subject easy to understand, by connecting what he teaches in the classroom to real life so his students quickly catch on.

  December Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County: Mrs. Eskildsen from Manatee High

We head to Bradenton for December’s Manatee County Chalkboard Champion. ABC7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Manatee High School to meet orchestra director, Emily Eskildsen.

  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

Drivers concerned with State Road 70 at I-75 during major construction project

Drivers concerned with State Road 70 at I-75.

First Alert Traffic: All lanes reopened on Fruitville at Oakford Road in Sarasota following a traffic crash

The East bound and west bound lanes of Fruitville Road at Oakford Road are closed after a car crash that has occurred on the roadway.

  Sarasota police officer buys bike for homeless woman after hers was stolen

Police officer purchases bike for homeless woman after her bike was stolen.

BPD holds squad meetings for community to meet officers

Those who live in Bradenton will have a chance to meet some of the police officers who serve their community throughout the day on Thursday.

  15-year-old arrested, charged with attempted murder in shooting at Bradenton apartment complex

Around 9am on Wednesday, September 11, police were called to the Bradenton Village Apartments on 15th Avenue Circle West where they found a man shot once in the chest inside of an apartment. Detectives quickly determined the unit he was in was not where he was shot.

  Man arrested for murder during robbery at Bradenton smoke shop

Amado Alexander Zeppi was taken into custody by deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, who say evidence places Zeppi at the scene and as the person who shot and killed 23-year-old Mohammed Hamed during a robbery at the Green Galaxy Smoke Shop on the 3000 block of 1st Street West around 1

Community

New group of citizens launch “Sarasota for Selby” initiative to support Gardens’ master plan

New group of citizens launch “Sarasota for Selby” initiative to support Gardens’ master plan

Sarasota City Commission gives The Bay another go-ahead for Phase One of project

Sarasota City Commission gives The Bay another go-ahead for Phase One of project

  After another Sarasota man is killed, troopers warn against the dangers for both pedestrians and drivers

After another Sarasota man is killed, Troopers warn against the dangers for both pedestrians and drivers

  Bradenton church provides mobile showers for homeless

In Manatee County, one Bradenton church rolled out a new way to help the local homeless population start their day off fresh.

  After two months of paid parking in Downtown Sarasota, the community has mixed reactions

After two months of paid parking Downtown, the community has mixed reactions

  Local preschool teaches children with disabilities alongside their typically developing classmates

Local preschool teaches children with disabilities alongside their typically developing classmates