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The St. Johns County Education Foundation Honors Valued Donors at Reception

The St. Johns County Education Foundation Honors Valued Donors at Reception
The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) held their 2nd Annual Donor Reception on May 26th at A1A Ale Works.  The event honored valued donors who have worked with the SJCEF to fund and volunteer for numerous projects that directly benefit St. Johns County’s quality of living through its educational system.   

 

Present at the reception were mentors from the Take Stock in Children program, tutors from the Supplemental Educational Services program, Beth Upchurch, the Teacher of the Year, Megan Miller, the Rookie Teacher of the Year, SJCEF Board members and local donors, such as The Bailey Group, Hydro Aluminum and Regions Bank.

 

Megan Miller, who was awarded the Rookie Teacher of the Year by the SJCEF, noted that this ongoing philanthropy is a civic lesson she did not have to find on the Internet.  It is a real world example with local significance.

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr.

St. Augustine Speller Advances in National Spelling Bee

St. Augustine Speller Advances in National Spelling Bee

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- There was nothing abstract about Grace Remmer's powerful performance Wednesday in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The home-schooled sixth-grader from St. Augustine aced both her words on stage, including her second one, "Hypotheria," a noun meaning a hypothetical order including the as-yet undiscovered ancestors of mammals.

"I'm thrilled," said Grace, who said she "definitely worked hard" to make it to the next round.

Grace, 12, advances to the next round, one of only 41 out of 275 to make it to Thursday's semifinals. After finishing ninth last year, she has a chance to do even better this year.

She nailed her first word on stage: "febrifugal," an adjective meaning mitigating or removing fever, before correctly spelling "Hypotheria."

Veterans to be Honored During Memorial Day Ceremony in St. Augustine

Veterans to be Honored During Memorial Day Ceremony in St. Augustine

The Florida National Guard, in partnership with the Military Officers Association of America, Ancient City Chapter and veterans' organizations of St. Johns County, is hosting its annual Memorial Day Ceremony May 30 at 10 a.m. at the St. Augustine National Cemetery, 104 Marine Street.The ceremony honors all veterans who died during our nation's wars, and special recognition will also be given to St. Johns County veterans who have died since Veterans Day 2010. Some highlights of the event include:

-The Honorable Henri F. 'Rik' Erkelens as the guest speaker, (Retired U.S. Army Colonel).

-"Massing of the Colors" conducted by more than 25 local military, police and civic organizations.

-Echo Taps performed by Lieutenant John W. Donlon and Deputy Sheldon York of the St.

USCG Recognition of the Special Operations

USCG Recognition of the Special Operations

The St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) Marine Rescue section received a special recognition by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) during the Tuesday Board of County Commissioners Meeting.  The Marine Rescue section was chosen for this recognition by the USCG as a result of several recent emergency events where both agencies worked together to achieve positive results in search and rescue missions in and around our coastline. 

St. Johns Firefighters Complete Advanced Training

St. Johns Firefighters Complete Advanced Training

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Four firefighters from St. Johns County were recognized this week for completing an advanced training course in Indiana.

The firefighters, Lt. Isaac Frazier, Lt. Jeff Mrwik, FF Chris Naff and FF Tommy Orr, attended the class with men and women from across the country.

The course, called the Truck Company Operations course, showed the participants how to better work with fire engines through hands-on drills. 

St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Heather Sutherland Neville as Membership Manager

St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Heather Sutherland Neville as Membership Manager

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce welcomes Heather Sutherland Neville as its new membership manager.  In her role, Neville is dedicated to increasing the Chamber’s membership including the recruitment of new members and the retention of existing members.  She will also help provide outstanding service to demonstrate the value of Chamber membership.