Duval County Public Schools Week of Wellness

The Duval County Public Schools’ Wellness Program is featuring its Week of Wellness to increase health awareness, promote positive lifestyles, decrease the risk of disease and enhance the quality of life of employees and their families.

Wounded Warrior Project Announces Scholarship

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is proud to announce a $1,000 scholarship and essay contest for high school seniors. The scholarship is open to public, private, and home schooled students in the Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. John’s Counties in Florida.

Students are being asked to submit a 500 word essay answering the question, “Why is it important to honor our Veterans?” Deadline for the essay is February 21, 2011.  A panel of judges will then honor the top essay from each county with a $1,000 scholarship award which winners can use at any college, technical school or university nationwide.

Duval Schools Have New 'Principal for a Day'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "Back in my day, school sure was different."

Local community and business leaders throughout Jacksonville will be able to find out just how different things are today when they become Principal for a Day.

Monday, Duval County Public Schools are inviting the members of the private sector into the schools to show them how the schools today are run, and what role school leadership plays.

The hope is that fostering a closer relationship between schools and the community will translate into better performance from students.


2010 Tobacco Free Parks Litter Pick-Up Week

Join Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), Florida’s Parks and Recreation, and Oceanway Middle School 4H Club in a state wide clean-up of tobacco litter within our parks. CPPW Coordinators, Southside Middle School SWAT Club, Oceanway Middle School 4H Club and our local partners will be engaging in cleanups of tobacco litter within our parks. The tobacco litter will be weighed and all trash from the cleanups across the state will be totaled.

On November 13, 2010, the Oceanway Middle School 4H Club will work with the Southside Middle School Boys and Girls Club/SWAT to help 4H sweep up trash at the Greater Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The students will also educate attendees about tobacco issues.  Another activity of the day for the students is to collect petitions asking to remove candy-flavored tobacco products from store shelves in Duval County.  Tobacco Prevention Program staff from the Duval County Health Department will provide information on smoking cessation.

Search for the Most Innovative "Green" Office Product

With a goal of searching worldwide for the next great idea for environmentally preferable office products, Staples is giving Jacksonville-area college students an opportunity to compete for a $25,000 grand prize if they submit a 1,000 word description of their idea by Dec. 23, 2010.

Community Conversation About School Reform in Jacksonville

As a follow-up to the recent release of education-reform documentary Waiting for Superman, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is hosting a panel discussion with education leaders, followed by a community conversation to identify education reform priorities for the city.

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference center of the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library, 303 N. Laura Street.

Douglas Anderson School of Art to Create Documentary About Body Image

Jill McCann, a registered dietician with Wekiva Springs Center, was recently selected to participate in a documentary about body image.  The project is being conducted by a film student from Douglas Anderson School of Art in Jacksonville.