Naples, FL [May 13, 2024]—Fun Time Early Childhood Academy (FTA) is pleased to announce that Ms. Analiz Perez, a teacher at our Golden Gate location, was selected as one of 25 recipients out of 240 nominees to receive a $1,000 grant from the Lake Michigan Credit Union (LCMU). Each year, LMCU’s Roots in Education program awards twenty-five (25) $1,000 grants to teachers across Michigan and Florida who embody a specific trait. This year, they are honoring teachers who are “optimistic”. They bring cheerful energy to their classroom, always look for good in others, and approach situations with a positive attitude. The winning teachers go above and beyond and are recognized for their optimism.

“The LMCU Roots in Education program annually awards 25 teachers with a $1,000 grant who embody a specific trait. This year, we’re celebrating teachers who are optimistic. We were impressed by the quality of nominations we received and the impact that educators like Analiz Perez are making in the community. The nomination of Ms. Perez showed the optimism she radiates in the classroom and beyond.” – Matt Cook, Vice President, Community Relations

“We are thrilled to hear about this recognition and the $1,000 grant that Analiz has received from Lake Michigan Credit Union.” said Jessica Campbell, Executive Director of Fun Time Early Childhood Academy. “It’s truly wonderful to see Analiz’s dedication and positivity in the classroom being honored in this way. We’re incredibly proud of her and grateful to LMCU for recognizing her outstanding contributions.”

“It is such an honor and privilege to receive this award.” stated Analiz “My kids, also known as my students, are the reason I do this, and it is great to see that I am positively impacting their lives as well as the lives of those around them.”

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About Fun Time Early Childhood Academy: Fun Time Early Childhood Academy is a nationally accredited early learning center committed to providing safe, quality, and affordable education and care for children and parents from low-income working families. Our mission is to prepare these children for kindergarten, ensuring that they are ready to read and ready to learn. Located in Collier County, our academy offers a nurturing and stimulating environment where children can develop the skills and confidence needed for success in school and beyond. We are the largest early learning provider in Naples and western Collier County, serving over 400 children and families annually.

About Lake Michigan Credit Union: Lake Michigan Credit Union, established in 1933, is the largest credit union in Michigan and 16th largest in the country. Employing a staff of over 1,650 and serving 590,000 members, LMCU’s assets exceed $12 billion, with over $14.3 billion in portfolio and serviced mortgages. LMCU has 70 convenient branch locations, including 21 across Central and Southwest Florida. LMCU members have access to over 55,000 AllPoint ATMs worldwide. LMCU provides a full range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to personal loans, mortgages, commercial banking, investments, and insurance. To find out more, visit