Junior Residents

All the latest news and stories about our neighborhood’s junior residents.

Charity helping charity: nonprofits donate time, money to help youth

Charity helping charity: nonprofits donate time, money to help youth

The Carpenter’s Shop Center Summer Camp was buzzing with activity on June 17 when more than 30 Teen Tutors met with the Center’s elementary school campers (K-6th grades) to begin an intensive one-on-one summer reading program sponsored by READ USA. The Teen Tutors, trained and funded through a grant from the Kids Hope Alliance, came […]

EVAC youth ‘changing the game’

EVAC youth ‘changing the game’

Lee students to present in Brazil When 20 male freshmen began a leadership class at Robert E. Lee High School in 2015, one of Amy Donofrio’s first lessons to the class was on Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” The class embraced the lesson and thus began EVAC, which is “cave” spelled backwards, to signify their […]

Neighborhood show allows for close encounters between residents and pets

Neighborhood show allows for close encounters between residents and pets

A tortoise, a bearded dragon and an American Miniature Horse were just a few of the pets that took part in Mike and Sharon Leonard’s annual neighborhood pet show May 18. More than 100 friends and neighbors gathered in the front yard of the Leonards’ Colonial Manor home to show off their pets in what […]

Eagle Scout project morphs into school-wide effort

Eagle Scout project morphs into  school-wide effort

The students at John N.C. Stockton Elementary School are happier in the mornings before school thanks to some colorful benches they can sit on while waiting for class to begin.  Throughout the past school year, parents, grandparents, students, and Boy Scouts have made many benches, but the project began last summer when Boy Scout and […]

Art festival for children with varying needs

Art festival for children  with varying needs

Hundreds of children with special needs were treated to the sights and sounds of art at the Arts4All Festival (formerly VSA), presented by Citi April 30-May 3 at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.  Over the four-day period more than 1,100 volunteers welcomed 1,370 students and 600 teachers and chaperones from 30 schools in […]

SUMC teens help to set Guinness car wash world record

SUMC teens help to set Guinness car wash world record

It is not unusual for teenagers to wash cars to raise money. When the kids at Southside United Methodist Church needed to earn funds for their Guatemala Mission Trip, adult organizer Joe Honeycutt decided to take it to the next level. On April 27, teens in SUMC’s youth program joined with groups from 159 NAPA […]

Eagle Scout learns new game in building bocce court

Eagle Scout learns new game in building bocce court

When James Ranieri, 2018 president of the Italian American Club (IAC) in Mandarin, reached out to the North Florida Boy Scouts Council asking for a Scout to build a bocce ball court at his club, the timing was perfect for Mason Navidi of San Jose. Navidi, who has been a Boy Scout for 12 years, […]

College prep students gain creative confidence through public art

College prep students gain creative confidence through public art

Members of the James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School Public Art Club put their creativity on public display in two community mosaic murals produced by former Avondale residents Kate and Kenny Rouh, of RouxArt.  The opportunity began in 2018 when their art teacher, Amanda Holloway, found a grant that would enable them to work […]

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