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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 […]

Art, music speaks to students in language all its own

Art, music speaks to students in language all its own

Twenty-five deaf/hard-of-hearing students and those with varying exceptionalities from Central Riverside Elementary School enjoyed the 23rd annual Very Special Arts (VSA) festival May 2 at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Over a four-day period during the first week in May, over 1,450 volunteers welcomed 1,678 students and 691 teachers and chaperones from 38 […]

Do Something

Do Something

School shootings rouse a variety of reactions from prayers to protests. In Jacksonville, thanks to one young woman, a high school is reaching out to victims through the power of the pen. Episcopal School students befriend Parkland students through pen pal mission It was Aristotle who said “good habits formed at youth make all the […]

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