Youth Wellness Initiative Turns $1,000 Award
Students at Flagler Palm Coast High School
in Bunnell, Fla., have shown commitment to projects that increase
rigorous and relevant academics, while building relationships among
students, staff, schools and the community. The Community Problem
Solvers group devised a youth wellness initiative called Project
GYM (Getting Youth Moving), and recently received a $1,000 grant
through the Florida Department of Healths Youth Empowered
Ambassador for Health (YEAH!) Summit.
Through other grants and matching funds, Project
GYM has increased their project funds to nearly $250,000, and has
established a Youth Wellness Center at Bunnell Elementary School
called The Jungle Gym. The gym encourages youth to explore opportunities
to participate in physical activity alongside peers and is equipped
with youth-sized Nautilus equipment, treadmills, bikes, and a stretching
Project GYM has also recently won first place at the state and international
competitions in the Community Problem Solving Category of the Future
Problem Solving Program International. Project GYM received another
grant to open its second youth gym at a school district-owned wellness
center, which will open by the 2007-08 school year.
Teacher Named "Teacher of the Year" by State Education
Peggy Brookins, a math teacher at Forest High School in Marion County,
is this years recipient of the Florida Education Association
Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is given to just one educator
each year in the state. Brookins, who received $5,000 for winning
the award, now represents Florida in the national competition for
the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. For the full story,
Leon County Student Wins Award at International
A Leon County student was recently honored
as the sole winner of the "Taking the Pulse of the Planet"
award during the International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque,
N.M. John Turner, a 2007 graduate of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee,
won for his project that researched the effect of El Niño
and the North Atlantic Oscillation on warm water in the Atlantic
Ocean, which is critical to hurricane prediction.
Broward Community College Associate Dean
Wins State EMS Educator Award
Broward Community College (BCC) Associate
Dean for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department Elizabeth
Jordan has won the Department of Healths EMS Educator Award
for 2007. The EMS Educator Award recognizes individuals who make
positive contributions to the EMS field.
Winter Springs High School Graduate Wins
National Debate Tournament
Winter Springs High School 2007 graduate Kenneth
Colonel recently won the National Forensics League (NFL) Congress
House National Championship in debate. This is the first national
debate champion for the school.
2007 Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership
Aug. 5-8, 2007
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando
The 6th Annual Just Read, Florida! Leadership Conference will be
held Aug. 5-8, 2007, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.
This years conference promises to be the most exciting event
ever with more than 4,000 principals, assistant principals, reading
coaches, and district administrators sharing what works for improving
literacy in Floridas schools through more than 300 breakout
sessions. For more information on
the conference, visit www.justreadflorida.com/conference.
2007 K-12 Conference &
Oct. 2-5, 2007
Caribe Royale Orlando
The 2007 K-12 Conference will focus on (1) innovative
approaches to improving student achievement; (2) secondary public
school career, collegiate, and magnet academies; and (3) redesigning
teacher compensation. This conference will be an opportunity to
highlight the states best model academies and programs to
other schools looking to implement such programs of their own, and
discuss how various ways of compensating our teachers lead to the
improved achievement of our students.