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Nease NJROTC Helps Habitat for Humanity

For the cadets of Nease’s NJROTC, there is no community service too small or too large. A perfect example was seen on Saturday, October 16th when 14 cadets partnered with Habitat for Humanity in St. Augustine. During their 7 hours at the job site, they measured and cut 2x4’s and fiber board, framed windows, and framed-in rooms. Working closely with the coordinators of Habitat for Humanity, these young teens, learned more than the art of measuring, cutting, and putting together.  “It was hard work, but it was really fun” according to Cadet James Zapala.

School Bus Safety Week in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This week is school bus safety week in Florida.

The state has launched a new website to help educate parents, kids and drivers about school bus safety laws.  And the theme for the week-'Stop on Red, Kids Ahead'-reminds drivers they must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights and extends its stop arms.

The riskiest part of the school bus ride to school is getting on and off the bus, according to Duval County Schools.

"This week is an excellent time to teach and reiterate to students and parents simple measures they can take while going to and from the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.  "It also gives us a chance to thank and honor the professionals who devote themselves to transporting our most precious cargo."

Mom's Mission to Ban Cell Phone Use in Cars

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A local tine mother is pushing for new state laws after her daughter was killed in a bus crash.
Police reports show the driver of the other vehicle was distracted by his cell phone.

Elissa Schee said she struggles to make sense of her daughter's sudden death.

"I never in a million years imagined that I would send her to school that morning and she would never come home."

In 2008, Schee's 13-year-old daughter, Margay Schee, was on her school bus in Marion County.  As kids were getting off the bus to go home, it was hit by a semi.

Both vehicles caught fire. Schee said witnesses frantically tried to pull the 21 students out.

"There was a white picket fence all the kids were lined up on that fence. But not Margay, and I knew that Margay was in trouble," she said. 

Community Collection Day at Bartram Trail High School Oct. 16th

St. Johns County Solid Waste Management will host a Community Collection Day on Saturday, October 16th, from 8:00 am until noon at Bartram Trail High School, located at 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway in St. Johns. The event is limited to St. Johns County residents only.

A Community Collection Day provides residents an opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste, obsolete electronics including old computer equipment, and tires. Some examples of household hazardous waste items include paint, oil, cleaners, pesticides, batteries and pool chemicals.

To allow the best service to residents, a few restrictions apply. For instance, no microwave ovens or large appliances are accepted. Also, each household is limited to disposing no more than ten tires. The Community Collection Day is limited to residential materials; no commercial items, construction materials, garbage or yard trash will be accepted.

St. Johns County Schools Welcome Fewer Restrictions With Amendment 8

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. --  When there are more than 18 students in a classroom at Ketterlinus Elementary in St. Augustine, two teachers will team up in the room.

State guidelines allow 18 students per teacher in elementary schools, 22 in middle schools.  

St. Johns Superintendent Joseph Joyner says the constant balancing act from those hard class size caps has been a burden on school districts.

"All of the decisions and I would call those unintended consequences, have not been necessarily good for kids.  So our first objection is on an instructional, student level," said Joyner.

He says he would welcome new flexibility offered by Amendment 8, which is on the ballot November 2nd.

"I think smaller classes are good but I don't think teachers like children moved out of their classroom after they've formed relationships," said Joyner.

National College Fair Comes to Jacksonville

The National Association for College Admission Counseling will host its annual Regional College Fair where students and parents can meet with college admission representatives from across the country.

Flagler College partners with TPC Sawgrass for Annual President's Golf Classic

Flagler College is partnering with TPC at Sawgrass to host the 2010 President's Golf Classic benefiting the Flagler College Scholarship Fund. The event will take place at the Dye's Valley Golf Course at TPC Sawgrass on Oct. 4.

"On behalf of the PGA Tour and TPC Sawgrass, we are very proud to partner with Flagler College in hosting this annual event," said Bill Hughes, general manger of TPC Sawgrass.