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Literacy Week Volunteers Encouraged to Become Mentors

Literacy Week Volunteers Encouraged to Become Mentors

To continue the momentum of last week’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, volunteers throughout the Sunshine State are encouraged to expand their commitment to service by becoming a mentor.  Statistics show that students are far less likely to skip school, have behavioral problems or begin using illegal drugs or alcohol when a mentor is active in their lives.

Stanton Prep and Ponte Vedra Soccer Tonight Postponed

Tonight's region quarterfinal soccer game between Stanton Prep and Ponte Vedra has been postponed due to deteriorating weather and field conditions not conducinve to staging an FHSAA state series contest.

The game has been rescheduled for Friday night at 5:30 and Ponte Vedra and will be followed by the Ponte Vedra girls Region final game with Gulf Breeze at 7:30.

Local Area Students Raise Money for Cancer Research

Local Area Students Raise Money for Cancer Research

Clink, clank, clunk!  That’s the sound more than 300,000 students throughout North Florida will soon hear as they pour their pocket change into collection jars to support Olive Garden’s 17th-annual Pasta for Pennies program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) School & Youth campaign.  Last year, Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies collected $6.1 million nationally, bringing the total amount donated since the program’s inception to more than $53 million.

St. Johns County Education Foundation Receives Grant for AT&T “STEM at Work” Project

St. Johns County Education Foundation Receives Grant for AT&T “STEM at Work” Project

Forty four students at Sebastian Middle School will benefit from an AT&T “STEM” at Work grant through the St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF). AT&T Florida recently provided funds to challenge Florida’s district-wide local education foundations to create work-related experiences throughout the state.  The project’s aim is to provide students and teachers hands-on experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom that are directly linked to their coursework in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). Problem-solving, real-world application of STEM education concepts and critical thinking skills will all be key elements. To date, 31 projects have been funded—benefitting 2,477 students and 88 teachers around the state.

Live Alligator to be Presented at Liberty Pines Academy

Live Alligator to be Presented at Liberty Pines Academy

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park congratulates Ms. Kylie Rodgers from Liberty Pines Academy for her outstanding entry into the 3rd Annual Edu-Gator Contest! The prize, a young American Alligator, will be awarded to Kylie’s classroom on Wednesday, January 26th at 11:30 a.m. Katie Girvin, Curator of Education at the Alligator Farm, will make the presentation.

Kylie won the alligator for her classroom in an county-wide contest in which each fourth grade student was asked to submit an individual project answering the question “Why are American Alligators important?”  Kylie created a short film and submitted it to the contest, where it was named first-place winner. Kylie and the rest of Ms. Southworth’s fourth grade class at Liberty Pines Academy will enjoy the American alligator, an unusual class pet, for the remainder of the school year. 

St. Johns County Education Foundation Announces Newest Tutoring Program Coordinator

St. Johns County Education Foundation Announces Newest Tutoring Program Coordinator

This past December, the St. Johns County Education Foundation welcomed Brandee Anderson as the Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Program Coordinator. The SES is a tutoring program that provides free tutoring in reading and math to struggling students in the county.

Nease NJROTC Annual Military Inspection Successful

Nease NJROTC Annual Military Inspection Successful

It was a cool but sunny morning on December 2, 2010. A big day for Nease High School as the United States Navy held its Annual Military Inspection and Pass in Review of the Junior Reserve Officer Training program. Each year, high school JROTC’s programs are inspected by the branch of service they represent, as a part of the overall yearly evaluation criteria. There are currently 620 Navy JROTC programs (units) worldwide. The Nease NJROTC program was established in 1993, through a joint effort of St. John’s County School District and the United States Navy. The outstanding cadets of Nease have earned the Distinguished Unit Award for each of the past 16 years and they were the top unit in Area-12 four of the past five years. Nease currently has 203 cadets enrolled in the program.