Junior Residents

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

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 […]

Boy Scout builds outdoor classroom to earn Eagle rank

Boy Scout builds outdoor classroom to earn Eagle rank

Hendricks Avenue Elementary School has a beautiful and useful outdoor classroom thanks to Boy Scout Christian Floyd, who designed, planned, and led the project to create the space as part of earning the rank of Eagle Scout.  Floyd, a resident of St. Nicholas Park, is a member of Troop 35 at Southside United Methodist Church, […]

New female Boy Scout troop inaugurated in Ortega

New female Boy Scout troop inaugurated in Ortega

Scouts BSA Troop 465, a new girls-only Boy Scout troop, enjoyed a welcome aboard ceremony Feb. 11 when Boy Scout Troop 522 presented the girls with their own troop flag and a U.S. flag. The troop’s charter organization will be Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd. Scoutmaster is Sean Deese and assistant scoutmaster is […]

New Little League season evokes nostalgic thoughts from former players

New Little League season evokes nostalgic thoughts from former players

At the inaugural game of the Navy Ortega Lakeshore (NOL) Little League, a field full of boys looked upward in wide-eyed wonder as the season opener started with the Blue Angels roaring overhead, leaving trails of blue and gold smoke across the sky. The year was 1960, and the game took place at Blue Angel […]

Fishweir students make holidays better for rural community

Fishweir students make holidays better for rural community

With the idea of “children helping children,” students from Fishweir Elementary School collect canned goods to donate to Grace United Methodist Church in Lawtey, which provides weekend food boxes for 25 children in 10 families at Lawtey Community Elementary School through a program called Feed My Sheep. Fishweir Elementary also has a semi-annual tradition of […]