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August 29, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

San-Cap Optimist Club awards scholarship

The Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club recently awarded one of its college scholarships to Sam E. Arensman, a Sanibel resident and 2018 graduate of Fort Myers High School.

He received the Sam and Francis Bailey four-year scholarship. A special scholarship, the club only awards it every four years and specifies that the applicant has strong Sanibel or Captiva ties.

Arensman has lived on Sanibel for 12 years and attended The Sanibel School. He plans to attend the University of Florida and major in pre-med. Arensman hopes to become a pediatric surgeon, so he can work with children and make their lives better by ensuring they receive needed medical treatments.

The club's other five scholarships are open to all Lee County high school graduates.

All six scholarships provide the recipients with $2,500 per year for four years of active enrollment, a total of $10,000.

Accessibility upgrade at refuge

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge recently improved its accessibility for mobility-impaired visitors by adding automatic door openers to the Visitor & Education Center entrance.

It augments a long list of accessibility efforts through the years at the refuge, including a ramp and lift up to the center, a ramp at the observation tower, closed captioning for the center's orientation film, and handicap restrooms at the center and Cross-Dike Pavilion.

Most trails and Tarpon Bay Explorers tours are also handicapped-accessible.



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