Junior Residents

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

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 […]

After four years, Lee High School ‘youth at-hope’ program still going strong

After four years, Lee High School ‘youth at-hope’ program still going strong

Four years ago, in school year 2015-2016, a young white female English teacher was tapped to develop a curriculum for a class in leadership, primarily for at-risk sophomore and junior males at Robert E. Lee High School. Together with Pastor Jay Harris of The Ville Church and Pastor Boyd Bettis of The District Church, who […]

Easter Eggstravaganza at Holy Trinity Anglican Church April 13

Easter Eggstravaganza at Holy Trinity Anglican Church April 13

Youth Leadership Jacksonville helps raise up future community leaders

Youth Leadership Jacksonville helps raise up future community leaders

Crossing the bridge from adolescence to adulthood can be a challenging time for many high schoolers. They spend years studying science, math and other academic subjects, but they aren’t always adequately prepared to step outside the confines of their comfort zones and assume leadership roles.  The Youth Leadership Jacksonville program helps fill in that gap […]

School campus installs Little Free Libraries for two languages

School campus installs Little Free Libraries for two languages

When the West Riverside Elementary School PTA received a generous, anonymous donation they decided to do something special which would benefit everyone and chose to install a Little Free Library, then got idea to purchase two – one for English books and one for Spanish books – to fit the needs of the school.  The […]

Preschoolers share role in local production of Tony-nominated musical

Preschoolers share role in local production of Tony-nominated musical

Look out, Hollywood, your next big “little” star may come from Jacksonville. Two young girls, Whitney Shillingford of San Marco and Bailey Dorman of Orange Park, were chosen to share the role of Lulu in the musical “Waitress,” a Tony-nominated show brought to Jacksonville last month by the FSCJ Artist Series. The girls alternated the […]

Pediatric dentist teaches preschoolers oral hygiene

            Since opening her practice, Kids First Dentistry, at Roosevelt Square Mall in 2013, Dr. Jila Mahajan has made it a practice to visit local preschools and elementary schools each January and February to teach children the importance of good dental hygiene.             The pediatric dentist visited Avondale Child’s Day Out Early Learning Center, 1621 […]

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