Junior Residents

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

Stockton students rewarded for servant leadership with trip to Washington, D.C.

Stockton students rewarded for servant leadership with trip to Washington, D.C.

Two long days of travel bracketed four days touring 11 memorials and monuments, four museums, one cemetery, one cathedral, one famous house and one theme park. For 25 fifth-grade students at John Stockton Elementary School, the trip to Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Virginia, was reward for a job well done as members of the school […]

Local families enjoy cultural exchange with French, Danish youth

Local families enjoy cultural exchange with French, Danish youth

For Jacksonville youth involved with Children’s International Summer Village (CISV), it can be hard to decide whether it’s more fun to be host to boys and girls from other countries or to take a turn as guest in a foreign country. Caroline Cavendish spent the first half of July sharing a variety of activities in […]

Venetia student club extends comfort outside school walls

Venetia student club extends comfort outside school walls

Venetia Elementary School’s 451 students came together during a two-week Summer Toy Drive in May to collect toys for the Orange Park Medical Center, where the items will be given to children who come into the medical center’s care. The drive was sponsored by one of the school’s clubs, Anchored 4 Life, whose Comfort Crew […]

HAE student gains national recognition in PTA Reflections contest

HAE student gains national recognition in PTA Reflections contest

Grabbing one of the top prizes in her division in the 2018 National PTA Reflections Competition was “within reach” for 9-year-old Ava MacDowell of San Marco. MacDowell’s photo, “Dream Big by Reaching High in the Sky,” earned the rising fourth-grader at Hendricks Avenue Elementary Awards of Excellence in both the PTA’s Duval County and State […]

Miramar teens raise money to kick Batten disease

Miramar teens raise money to kick Batten disease

Even before his death from Batten disease in April 2014, Jake Medley’s sisters, Caroline and Anna, raised money to make sure their once feisty little brother would not be forgotten and the disease from which he died would be better understood. Organized with help of their parents, Dean and Jennifer Medley, and a committee of […]

Summer bowling brings families closer, makes new friends

Summer bowling brings families closer, makes new friends

One local boys and girls organization is beginning to see a comeback as parents want opportunities to form lifelong bonds with their children. The Native Sons & Daughters of Jacksonville offer programs – and social outings – that emphasize the vital role parents play in their child’s growth and development. The organization isn’t new. It’s […]

Children of all ages enjoy PTA carnival

Children of all ages enjoy PTA carnival

Bounce houses, a climbing tower and bungee bounce swing, carnival games, face and hair painting, and food trucks turned the Hendricks Avenue Elementary School campus into the perfect setting for a spring carnival May 4. The warm late afternoon, early evening event was sponsored by the Hendricks Avenue Elementary PTA, which strives to break even […]

Arts educator asks for donations to mitigate budget cuts

Arts educator asks for donations to mitigate budget cuts

Central Riverside Elementary School held its 5th annual student art exhibit and fundraiser, and it couldn’t have come at a more critical time. Due to budget cuts to the arts programs, Duval County Public School District funding for art supplies is not expected to continue next year. “I hope we do well, as we will […]