Community Spirit

St. Johns County Education Foundation Honors Mentors at Luncheon

St. Johns County Education Foundation Honors Mentors at Luncheon

The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) honored the community’s mentors at the Annual Take Stock in Children Mentor Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, January 12.  SJCEF board members and staff and the St. Johns County district staff joined these mentors to pay tribute to the importance of programs such as these.

St. Johns County Announces 2010 Employee of the Year

St. Johns County held its annual Employee Service Awards Ceremony today, at which Benjamin Coney was honored as the St. Johns County Employee of the Year. Coney works as the Assistant Director with St. Johns County Housing and Community Services and was selected from a highly talented and deserving group of nominees for this special award. The award is presented to the employee who, through nomination, has demonstrated public service excellence and made exemplary organizational contributions throughout the year. Ben’s commitment to community revitalization, leadership and volunteer work throughout the county were just a few of the qualities that set him apart.

2010 Firefighter and Paramedic of the Year

2010 Firefighter and Paramedic of the Year

St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) is pleased to announce the following two fire rescue personnel as the 2010 Firefighter and Paramedic of the year.  They were both selected based on nominations received from their peers, with the final decision being made by a department appointed awards committee.

Second Harvest Click for Cans Jaguars

Second Harvest Click for Cans Jaguars
The Jaguars are in the AFC Championship for Chunky's Click for Cans contest. Undefeated and going strong, Jaguars fans have done great this season. Winning the AFC gets 12,000 cans of food for a local food bank, and the overall winner gets 5,000 more. Thanks for your help in tackling hunger, Jaguars fans! And keep clicking @ http://bit.ly/e0FDTt

High School Students: Time to Enter Manatee Art Contest

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites high school art students across the state to participate in a contest to create a piece of manatee artwork that will be used on the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

Students in grades 9-12 in Florida should coordinate with their school’s art teacher to submit the artwork, because each school may submit no more than five entries. Home-schooled students also are eligible to enter the contest. Contest details and forms are available online at MyFWC.com/Manatee.

January 8 Re-Enactment of the Secession of Florida from the United States

The National Park Service and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument invite you to experience your history with the Monument’s “Florida Secedes from the Union” program on January 8th, 2011. Park Service staff and volunteers will recreate the events of January 10th, 1861, when troops of the newly formed “Republic of Florida” proceeded under orders from Florida Governor Madison S. Perry to Federal Fort Marion (the Castillo de San Marcos). The Governor’s orders were to seize the ordnance and stores of Fort Marion using whatever means necessary. On Saturday, January 8th, the Monument will reenact the events of that January day, one hundred and fifty years ago, when the local State Militia faced down the Federal Ordnance Sergeant stationed there for the possession of Fort Marion. The event will be held twice, first at 11:oo AM and then again at 3:00 PM. There will also be Ranger and Volunteer interpretive programs, as well as historic weapons demonstrations throughout the day.

The Blood Alliance Urges You to Donate Life in 2011

The Blood Alliance Urges You to Donate Life in 2011

If you did not get what you wished for over the holidays, you may have a second chance -- with your blood donation!  The Blood Alliance invites you to start the New Year with a resolution to save lives and win!  “Resolutions for Life” blood drives will be held from January 10 - 15 at participating donor centers (Bloodmobiles and mobile drives are NOT included).  Donors who attempt to donate and give the gift of life at participating centers will be entered for a daily drawing to win Blu-ray players and a grand prize drawing for a 40-inch HDTV.  Everyone who registers to donate will also be eligible to win a 2010 Smart car from the Smart car Center Jacksonville, A Brumos Company.