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Bartram Trail High School Celebrates Literacy Week January 24 - 28th

Bartram Trail High School's celebration of national Celebrate Literacy week is January 24 - 28th.  The goal is to encourage and promote reading to our young people are high priorities at both Bartram and the St. Johns County School District. Business Partners, community members, and local authors will be reading to students on either Monday, January 24th or Tuesday, January 25th.

2011 ROWITA Award Recipients Announced

Six local women have been selected to receive the third annual ROWITA  Awards for their artistic accomplishments, outstanding lifetime achievement and contributions to the arts community in St. Johns County.  The 2011 ROWITA recipients are: Georgie Altenbach, JoAnne Engelbert, Betty Fell, Dr. Mildred (Mili) Koger, Jean Troemel, and Sally Walton.

ROWITA represents lifetime achievement and is awarded to women who have made significant contributions to the St. Johns County arts community. The ROWITA awards (Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts) were established in 2009 by a coalition of five arts organizations that worked together to create a month long celebration of Women’s History Month (March). The collaborative group increased to six in 2010 and includes: St. Johns Cultural Council; National League of American Pen Women - St. Augustine Branch; Tale Tellers of St. Augustine; Jane’s Stories Press Foundation; Limelight Theatre; and Cyprian Center for Expressive Arts.

St. Johns County Veterans Office Wins State Award

St. Johns County Veterans Office Wins State Award

The St. Johns County Veterans Service Office has received recognition from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Department of Florida for being named the State Service Office of the Year for 2010. Kenneth Thie, Director of the Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars, presented the award to the staff of the St. Johns County Veterans Service Office during the County Commission meeting Tuesday.

Sam’s Club Brings Christmas Joy to Local Children’s Miracle Network Kids

The Christmas season is not a time that most people want to spend in the emergency room.  The kids who had to make that trip to Shand’s Pediatric Emergency Room on Monday, December 20th, got a little surprise from some local Sam’s Club employees.  Yesterday, fourteen of their employees made a special delivery of toys and some Christmas cheer.  For the past month, all three Jacksonville Sam’s Club locations collected $1400 worth of toys that were donated to Children’s Miracle  Network.

Community Gives to 30 Charities over $20,000

More than $20,000 in Christmas presents will be given to local charities in a one-of-a-kind event in St. Johns County.  JCP CARES recently concluded its fourth annual Giving Tree program, which represented the wish-lists of 32 St. Johns county charities hard hit by recession and ensuing budget cuts.  This year, JCP CARES partnered with more than forty five community groups and businesses to raise more than $20,000 in charitable donations.  Gifts were collected at locations throughout St. Johns County, including all county libraries.  Despite the troubled economy, the Giving Tree program shows that people that can give, do!

AAMCO Gives Cars for Christmas

The AAMCO Transmissions dealers of Northeast Florida announced today that they are providing six cars to needy families through their 9th Annual AAMCO Transmissions “Cars for Christmas 2010” holiday campaign.

Florida Youth Program to Graduate 158 Teens Saturday

Florida Youth Program to Graduate 158 Teens Saturday

Florida’s Youth ChalleNGe Academy is run by the Florida Department of Military Affairs and the Florida National Guard. Designed on a military model, 16- to 19-year-old high school dropouts encounter a rigorous five-and-a-half month residential phase.  These teens are given a second chance to earn a high school diploma, but this is the first class in which the Academy has partnered with St. Johns River Community College to offer college credits to the students.