JUNIOR RESIDENTS

Cub Scout ‘Bat Pack’ hopes to earn Conservation Good Turn Award

Cub Scout ‘Bat Pack’ hopes to  earn Conservation Good Turn Award

San Marco Cub Scout Pack 35 could find they have a new nickname, thanks to a unique project. In an effort to earn the Conservation Good Turn Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the “Bat Pack” built bat houses to distribute throughout the San Marco community to encourage the important role bats play in […]

Boy Scouts welcome six new Eagles to the community

Boy Scouts welcome six new Eagles to the community

Six young men from four area high schools received the coveted Eagle Scout medal Oct. 13 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Each Troop 2 Boy Scout who had completed the requirements to attain the highest rank available in the Scouting program now counts himself as one among 4 percent in Scouts to achieve the rank. […]

Boy Scout honors veterans, grandfather’s memory with wreaths

Boy Scout honors veterans, grandfather’s memory with wreaths

Boy Scouts of America Troop 522, based at Ortega United Methodist Church, has a lofty goal this fall to raise $1,000 for the troop. However, the Scouts are looking beyond their own needs by holding a fundraising drive for Wreaths Across America to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and to teach children the […]

Wolfson students gain driving experience through virtual technology

Wolfson students gain driving experience through virtual technology

State-wide budget cuts had called for Samuel W. Wolfson School for Advanced International Studies and Leadership to eliminate driver’s education from its curriculum this year, but thanks to the generosity of a Jacksonville law firm, students will be able to get hands-on driving experience through virtual technology. Coker Law, a firm of personal injury trial […]

St. Mark’s Episcopal girls club wins Lemonade Stand Challenge

St. Mark’s Episcopal girls club wins Lemonade Stand Challenge

In late July, a group of young girls from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Girls Breakfast Club held a successful lemonade stand and bake sale on St. Mark’s campus following church one Sunday. Proceeds benefited Angels for Allison, a local nonprofit dedicated to assisting with funeral expenses and other costs associated with the loss of a […]

School support group gives Stockton Elementary new look inside, out

School support group gives Stockton Elementary new look inside, out

During the summer while kids were playing with friends and staying up late, the active members of Friends of Stockton were busy working hard to spruce up John N.C. Stockton Elementary School in Ortega Forest. One of the reasons faculty and staff believe Stockton is a great school is the effort the Friends of Stockton […]

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 […]

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