Student rewarded for kindness

Ava Grace Elsner, a 7-year-old student at Venetia Elementary School, was recognized recently for her acts of kindness. Elsner has been a big help to a special needs student in her class and was the only child at Venetia to receive the award. Elsner was referred to Venetia leadership for her acts – a contrast […]

Merritt Island in November

Merritt Island in November

By Nathan & Ted Miller Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is a major migratory destination for wintering ducks along our Atlantic flyway. It consists of 140,000 acres of saltwater estuaries and marshes, and freshwater impoundments, and is roughly a two-hour drive from Jacksonville. My father introduced my brothers and me to Merritt Island at early […]

John “Jack” Kopp

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News Not many 90-year-olds are able to celebrate that milestone birthday with co-workers on the job, but St. Vincent’s volunteer John “Jack” Kopp recently did just that. Kopp first retired to Sarasota in 1980 after working in the family manufacturing business, Kopp Clay Company in Ohio. The company was […]

JCA to host early childhood education symposium

The Jewish Community Alliance will host its 4th Annual Early Childhood Education Symposium at the San Jose center Oct. 16. The symposium aims to help adults “take a step back and see ‘Through a Child’s Eyes’” to “better provide the materials, activities and intentional teaching needed to foster children’s learning as well as better understand […]

Local gym observes National Gymnastics Day

Local gym observes National Gymnastics Day

Paula Falls makes a big deal out of an unknown “national” day. For the past 10 years at the 4603 Shirley Avenue location Falls has opened the doors of Gyminators with a “free” for all morning session of gymnastics and fun every National Gymnastics Day. “I see this as a way to show appreciation to […]

Local preschoolers celebrate firsts

Local preschoolers across the neighborhood have been enjoying their first few weeks of school — trying new things and experiencing fun challenges for the first time. At Southside United Methodist Preschool, students have enjoyed the thrill of new friendships and their first few weeks of chapel. In September, Lucy and Cindy Pearson were the school’s […]

Southbank’s littlest Jags ‘all in’ on Fridays

Southbank’s littlest Jags  ‘all in’ on Fridays

Children attending Chappell Child Development Centers across Jacksonville — including the Southbank center shown in the photos — don their teal each game day Friday in support of the home team. Last month students at the Southbank center showed their Jags pride alongside staff and assistants.

70 years for Hendricks Elementary School

70 years for Hendricks  Elementary School

October marks 70 years of Hendricks Elementary School and local community leaders are coming together for a celebration. Friends of Hendricks, a local nonprofit helping generate private funds for the neighborhood school, is planning a special flag-raising ceremony at the campus on Oct. 5. The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will include the presentation […]