GEC SUCCESS STORIES

A Very Special Girl With Special Needs

A Very Special Girl With Special Needs

Yudith is a 7th grader at North Naples Middle School who attends Gargiulo Education Center every day after school. Yudith faces some learning challenges, and as a student needs Exceptional Student Education (ESE). This is provided for children with disabilities who...

From No School to Teaching School

From No School to Teaching School

In January of 2020, Mary Asta was making one of her regular trips to the farmworker’s housing camp to check-in on the families when she spotted a boy about 15 wandering around. “Who is that boy? Why isn’t he at school today?” she asked. She was curious because she was...

Araceli – The Little Artistic Entrepreneur

Araceli – The Little Artistic Entrepreneur

One of our youngest EAP students is making moves toward true entrepreneurialism. Araceli, who is in 5th grade and has been with GEC since kindergarten has begun to bloom. Araceli started out extremely shy and very quiet. Over the years she has watched her class mates...

From GEC Kindergartner to Program Director

From GEC Kindergartner to Program Director

Ashley started attending GEC when she was in Kindergarten. To put it in perspective, that is almost ¾ of her life that she’s been at La Escuelita (or Little School as the children of Gargiulo like to call it). This past spring, she earned her high school diploma and...

Luz Alonso, Proud GEC Graduate and Future Nurse

Luz Alonso, Proud GEC Graduate and Future Nurse

You may remember Luz. She is a GEC graduate whose caring nature has led her to pursue a career as a nurse. Despite the challenges of working two jobs, one at Starbucks and another at Carlisle Senior Living in Naples, Luz earned her Associates Degree from Florida...

Larry – Finalist at Math Fluency Tournament

Larry – Finalist at Math Fluency Tournament

Larry hated math, plain and simple. He just didn’t feel he was any good at math and for that reason it was always his least favorite subject. He felt he would never succeed at math, which was a challenge the educators at GEC were ready to accept. Teachers and...

A GEC Legacy – The Rodriquez Brothers

A GEC Legacy – The Rodriquez Brothers

A.J. and his younger brother Aaron, both started attending the center in Kindergarten, a few years apart. In 2023 they will be doing something together - they will both be graduating. Over the past decade and a half, these brothers have watched the center grow. It...

GEC Students Step Up to Assist Relief Efforts

GEC Students Step Up to Assist Relief Efforts

Thank God GEC and families were blessed during hurricane Ian with little damage. The students needed to release their emotions and repay their blessings to those not as fortunate as themselves. These acts of public service encompassed several measurable aspects of the...

GEC Students are Flying High

GEC Students are Flying High

In 2018, as part of the newly formed Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Program (EAP) the students of GEC were invited to take part in the Young Eagles program, whose mission is to introduce children to the world of aviation. At that time, Jocelyn and Julian weren’t ready...

S.M.A.R.T. Programs Helps Hit a Home Run

S.M.A.R.T. Programs Helps Hit a Home Run

Growing up, the hardships these children have endured as part of the migrant community make it hard to trust people. Many of these children are withdrawn and don’t want to take part in anything that falls outside their comfort zone. They are left emotionally and...