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Council Page program offers youth glimpse into legislative process

Council Page program offers youth glimpse into legislative process

For youth aspiring to leadership, learning about the local legislative process through the Jacksonville City Council Page program is a great place to start. As a Council Page, students gain firsthand knowledge of how the legislative body makes the laws that govern the way of life for the citizens of Jacksonville. “Last year, students from […]

San Marco school ambassadors get dressed up for the job

San Marco school ambassadors get dressed up for the job

Thanks to Beth Seeker, teacher of gifted students at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, the 50 or so fifth-grade students who serve as school ambassadors have a new look, bringing back the more formal “dress whites” previously worn by the school safety patrol. The ambassadors are composed of two student groups – the fifth-grade patrol and […]

Fifth-graders create inspirational mural for future students

Fifth-graders create inspirational mural for future students

Artist Nicole Holderbaum of Jax Kids Mural Project began her 23rd Duval County public school visit this year with thoughtfulness and humor in a brainstorming session with Central Riverside Elementary School students. “How many of you have been taught to not write or draw on the walls?” she asked the 20 fifth graders. Of course, […]

Bishop Kenny student weathers storm as Red Cross volunteer

Bishop Kenny student weathers storm as Red Cross volunteer

Bishop Kenny High School Senior Connor Sidman responded to an email call for volunteers from Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry just two days before Hurricane Irma came through northeast Florida. After attending a two-hour training program, Connor, a City of Jacksonville lifeguard, signed up to help at an American Red Cross hurricane shelter in Florahome, located in Putnam […]

Third-grade student sends over $1,500 to Texas Diaper Bank

Third-grade student sends over $1,500 to Texas Diaper Bank

Mattie Sacks, a third-grade student at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, put her love for baking to philanthropic use last month. The San Marco resident raised more than $750 for the Texas Diaper Bank for Hurricane Harvey relief selling chocolate chip cookies. “She wanted to give to the diaper bank because we have one-year-old twins, and […]

TaxSlayer Bowl creates ‘dream team’ for lifetime experience

TaxSlayer Bowl creates ‘dream team’ for lifetime experience

Twelve children, ages 7 to 16, were “signed” as the inaugural TaxSlayer Bowl Dream Team as representatives and ambassadors for the TaxSlayer Bowl through their participation on the Dream Team. Over the 13 weeks of the college football regular season, each of the dreamers – identified by Dreams Come True – will be highlighted individually […]

San Marco boy goes to Portugal through CISV

San Marco boy goes to Portugal through CISV

Benjamin Pochurek, 11, of San Marco, participated in the CISV (Children’s International Summer Villages) program in Portugal this summer, after his first CISV experience at a mini-camp last year. A sixth-grade student at Riverside Presbyterian Day School, Pochurek said traveling alone and meeting new people was a great experience. Although he doesn’t know Portuguese, Porchurek […]

Annual backpack give-a-way connects with community

Annual backpack give-a-way connects with community

The 8th Annual Rockin’ Back to School community event, sponsored by Riverside Park United Methodist Church, may not have given out quite as many backpacks as they have in the past, but volunteers still considered it to be a successful outreach. “Even though we only gave away 300 of the 500 backpacks we prepared, it […]

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