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Lt. Gov slips into Boca for a big Wayne Barton Center give

An after-school class at Boca’s Wayne Barton Study Center met Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez Thursday.

She greeted the kids with a question: “Are you excited about going back to school?” Nunez and Barton laughed at their answer.

The reason for Nunez’s visit and tour was a $325,000 appropriation for the Barton After-School Program, passed in the 2019 legislative session.

The funds were sponsored by District 89 State Rep. Mike Caruso. He formally presented an oversized check to CEO Wayne Barton and the kids.

Barton told Boca Voice the funds will be a real boost for the academic, recreational and social programs the center has been offering for 20 years.

At the Wayne Barton Study Center check presentation Thursday were, from left, County Commissioner Robert Weinroth, City Councilman Andy Thomson, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, State Rep. Mike Caruso, Wayne Barton and the center’s board president James L. Bearden.

The academic program includes tutoring, help with homework, literacy and reading and prep for the FCAT.

Rec programs include athletics, arts and crafts, music, dancing, computer, video and arcade games. Social includes planning, decision making, interpersonal, conflict resolution and cultural awareness.

Also at the Nunez and Caruso visit were County Commissioner Robert Weinroth and City Councilman Andy Thomson.

By Marci Shatzman


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