Pictured L-R: Front row-Sharon Keys, Kassie Kyler-Murry. Center: Paula Hoisington, Shannon Herrera, Tim Murry. Back Row - Cleamstine Caple, Brian Broadway
Sharon Keys and Paula Hoisington of the Lincoln Park South Lake Alliance were guest speakers at a recent Kiwanis Club of Clermont meeting.

The Lincoln Park South Lake Alliance was established as a 501(c)(3) in July 2020 to formalize the efforts started by community members who formed the Lincoln Park Impact Committee.  The group formed after it was announced that Clermont Elementary School, located on Bloxam Avenue, would close in 2023 when the Lake County School Board builds the new Aurelia M. Cole Academy K-8 School. The Alliance’s focus is to preserve Clermont Elementary as a historical building with the goal of having the building remain in the community and function as a Community Center. The Center would provide Employment Training/Entrepreneurship, the Arts, and Recreation to all of South Lake.

Committee members and supporters believe South Lake is in need of a facility where everyone can come together to build community, close education gaps, provide employment training and leadership skills, collaborate, create and interact through the arts and recreation activities.

Plans to preserve the campus include conversion to a recreation center for the South Lake County area, adult education, employment training, performing arts education, and much more.
The historical value of this site dates back to 1937 and includes several chapters of progress up to and including its present use.
The Kiwanis Club of Clermont meets every Tuesday at 11:30 am at Golden Corral (1555 S. Grand Hwy., Clermont). The exception is the fourth Tuesday meeting of the month which is set aside as an evening meeting starting at 5:30 pm. The location of these meetings will be held at IHOP Restaurant (2589 U.S. Hwy 27, South Clermont).
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