JUNIOR RESIDENTS

Grammy artist surprises elementary school for flag raising

Grammy artist surprises elementary school for flag raising

The Hendricks Avenue Elementary School PTA held its annual cookie party for new kindergarten students at orientation Aug. 10. HAE’s mascot, Henry the Eagle, made a surprise appearance and enjoyed posing for photos with the new HAE students.    School began Aug. 13 with a total enrollment of about 660, grades kindergarten to fifth, and […]

Ortega Forest families form new tribes for parent-child bonding program

Ortega Forest families form new tribes for parent-child bonding program

While there are many programs and activities available to children that promote individual growth and teach team building, not many have the specific goal to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Thanks to a resurging interest in a nearly 100-year-old program, families on the Westside have a new outlet for father-child bonding. “I am excited about rekindling […]

Bolles students spend summer working in nation’s capital

Bolles students spend summer working in nation’s capital

Two Bolles students spent three weeks this summer in Washington, D.C. as U.S. Senate pages. Elle Walters, Class of 2019, was a page for Florida Senator Bill Nelson and Hilton Ashby, Class of 2020 worked for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. The students assisted their senators each day with everything from prepping “dailies” to making “amendment […]

Eagle Scout installs fencing for HAB Community Garden

Eagle Scout installs fencing for HAB Community Garden

Thanks to the efforts of Mason Lane Hicks and his team, the fruits and vegetables growing in the community garden at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church are no longer at risk of being trampled during baseball season. Hicks, a rising freshman in the International Baccalaureate program at Samuel Wolfson School for Advanced Studies, was awarded his […]

Teen creates celebrity recipes cookbook to fight breast cancer

Teen creates celebrity recipes cookbook to fight breast cancer

To wonder if cooking is in the genes for Miss River City Outstanding Teen Brookie Brown is like asking “Does icing go on cake?” Along with the rest of her talents, Brown’s recently-published 136-page cookbook, “Recipes to Celebrate the Finish,” is a sweet topping for her many successes this year as she promotes and advocates […]

Then and now, preschool classmates reconnect with teachers

Then and now, preschool classmates reconnect with teachers

A few couldn’t make it, some couldn’t be located, but for the five young men and women who got together at the Klavon family’s Ortega Forest home July 8 it was a time to reconnect with each other and with their preschool teachers. In 2006, 11 students – seven boys and four girls – graduated […]

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 […]

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