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Sean Arnold
Levy County School Foundation Alumnus of the Year Zelda Lott at the STARS Gala Feb. 17 at Bronson Middle High School.
STARS Gala celebrates education supporters

The theme of the 2018 Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala Feb. 17 was “planting seeds of knowledge that grow forever.”

It was a chance for the event’s speakers and guests to reflect on how the Levy school system has shaped their lives long past their time as young pupils.

The annual Superintendent’s Gala is one of two major fundraisers for the non-profit organization, which helps supplements education in the county by directing funding from donors to scholarships and classroom tools and other means.

The evening opened with Superintendent Jeff Edison asking for a moment of silent prayer for those in Broward County who were affected by the recent school shooting, adding that those who enter the field of education become a part of one big family.

The remainder of the night went off with a light touch, thanks in part to the brevity and humor of the speakers. Senior Judge Joseph E. Smith delivered the keynote address, and Pastor Danny Heath, of First Baptist Church of Ocala, a Class of 1997 Bronson High School alumnus, was the alumni speaker and performed a song.