• Manatee Elementary Friends and Supporters

    In addition to our active and engaged Community Partnership, Manatee Elementary has many friends who support our school in a variety of ways. From donating to Manatee Elementary, to volunteering at Manatee Elementary celebrations and events, to bringing special programming to our children, Manatee Elementary would not be the same without these community relationships. Stay tuned for more featured friends! In the meantime, we would like to thank the following groups, businesses, and organizations.

Bradenton Kiwanis

  • Bradenton Kiwanis volunteers

    Since 1922, Bradenton Kiwanis has built a reputation for seeking out what needs to be done to help our children and our community. Their members are community leaders who proudly believe their organization is a great opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of children in need. On the evening of August 5th, the good folks at Kiwanis answered the call and pitched in to cook and serve a great meal at our Open House event. In partnership with our school, the Boys and Girls Club, and Publix Supermarket, Kiwanis club members grilled hot dogs and served them along with chips and a beverage. Many thanks to Neil Unruh, Mike Bear, Karen Carpenter, Barbara Duncan, Steve  Riley, Ray  Schaberg, Raymond  Barhorst, Robin  Aube, Gabe Cole, along with Rayline Waldin (SEHS Key Club) and Evelyn (from Bayside Church). You rock! We could not have done it without you!

    Bradenton Kiwanis


  • Staples donationStaples supports youth and education through a variety of programs, enabling them to support and make a difference in public schools across America. For example, locally, Staples is building on its history of supporting teachers, students and education by donating to Manatee Elementary. Recently, they donated much needed school supplies and classroom essentials for our children and teachers. Manatee Elementary thanks Staples and store associates Eric Smith and Jules Kessler for helping to send our students back to school with the supplies they need to be successful.

Kona Ice of Manatee County

  • Kona Ice of Manatee County is a local business serving the healthy shave ice in town. They fundraise for schools and nonprofit organizations but also help us reward our children for good behavior or perfect attendance. They bring their wonderful flavors to our school every week! Thank you Kona Ice!
    Kona Ice of Manatee County 

    Kona Ice logo 

Boys & Girls Club

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County offers children proven afterschool and summer programs focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character. At the Club's before- and after-school program, our children have access to everything from academics and STEM programs, to recreation, arts, and sports. The Boys & Girls Clubs program at Manatee El offers a safe and supportive environment for children so they can learn and have fun. Their programming combines social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language learning to help children in their overall development. This kind of structured learning helps prepare kids for school and set them up for success! For more information, visit the websites below, or simply call the school.

    Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County
    Boys & Girls Club Program at Manatee Elementary

    Boys & Girls Club logo

Cub Scouts

  • Families, parents, kids, are you looking for fun and wholesome activities for the whole family? How about joining the Cub Scouts of America? Cub Scouts is fun for the whole family. Cub Scout Pack 111 is chartered by the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton. They meet on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the church at 1402 Manatee Ave W. The group welcomes boys in grades K-5 and invites them to take part in fun activities for the whole family.

    • Camping with family
    • Archery and BB shooting
    • Pinewood Derby
    • Rangutter Regatta
    • Blue and Gold Banquet
    • Service events
    • Pack events, and more!
    • Earn scout badges and rank!

    In Cub Scouts, boys grow into their very best. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today, and later in life. Interested? Call 941-962-4547, or visit Cub Scouts of America.

    Cub Scouts logo

Bradenton Police Department

  • Bradenton Police Officers take a picture with Principal Gonzales

    We thank the brave men and women of the Bradenton Police Department for keeping our children and school safe. We sincerely appreciate our boys and girls in blue!

Step Up Suncoast

  • Since its beginning in 1968, Step Up Suncoast has grown from a summer project of serving 510 children to an organization that provides a wide variety of services and programs over a five-county area. Programs range from early childhood education to energy assistance to income tax preparation. They are uniquely positioned to offer services in many areas of needs for children, and their parents and families. If you have questions, please call 941-827-0188 or visit stepupsuncoast.org.

    Step Up Suncoast Logo

21st Century Community Learning

  • 21st century logoThe 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is a federally funded source dedicated exclusively to supporting local  afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs. The at Manatee Elementary serves children through grants awarded by the Florida Department of Education. Each state receives funds based on its share of Title I funding for low-income students. 

    At Manatee Elementary, a broad array of enrichment services designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program at our school are offered, such as academic enrichment opportunities, literacy and related educational development services, physical activity programs, nutrition education, and so on.

    The program at Manatee Elementary is offered at no cost to students or their families, and helps students meet state standards in core academic subjects, such as reading, writing, science, and math.

    Please contact our program coordinator, Mr. Craig Drinko, at (941) 741-3319 to enroll or for more information. We urge our families and parents to enroll their students in this outstanding program.

    21st Century - Florida Department of Education
    21st Century - District Website