Cape Coral Author Wins Prestigious Literary Award

Local author and teacher Jaclyn Howell’s new children’s novel, “From Riches to Rags,” has been awarded Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in three different categories. The book aims to help young children deal with entitlement and bullying.

“I am so honored and excited to win not just one, but three awards and for the opportunity to have my book reach a lot more children and parents,” Jaclyn says.

Judges selected the winners based on content, originality and overall readability. “From Riches to Rags” took home awards in three categories: Spiritual/Religious Books, School Issues and Charity/Making a Difference.

Jaclyn’s book is aimed at children ages 8 and up.

“As a teacher, my life is all about making a difference in children’s lives, helping students with their academic needs and to strengthen their weaknesses. As an author, I hope to expand my reach and help more children deal with difficult issues,” she says.

“From Riches to Rags” is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers.

New Sign Reveal and Final Home Dedication at FineMark Village

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties unveiled the new FineMark Village neighborhood sign and celebrated the final home dedication in FineMark Village, a Habitat neighborhood consisting of 11 new homes, on July 13.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, 1,500 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat of Lee and Hendry Counties to build or improve their home.

Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry County families achieve strength, stability and independence.

For more information, visit Habitat4Humanity.org.