Interlachen High School was selected as a 2014 Educational Alliance Math and Science grant recipient.The local Fast Track stores (932 East Highway 20 and 101 Main Drive, Interlachen, FL) donated $500.00 each for a total of $1,000.00. This money will be used for the maintenance and support of Interlachen High School's Math and Science departments.
The Hwy. 20 Fast Track store manager and a representative from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program presented the check to Terri Channell, assistant principal.
Jenkins Middle School Technical Theater teacher Sonia Guy directs her 8th-grade students to measure the dimensions of the space where they plan to place an "Eagles' Nest" they are creating for the front of the school. Students in Guy's seventh- and eighth-grade classes are using the scale model below to construct the larger-than-life version of the piece of artwork.
Some Moseley Elementary School students received brand new tennis shoes through the Shoes That Fit program Dec. 12.
DaVita Palatka Dialysis donated and delivered the shoes to fifty students.
Shoes That Fit is a grassroots program, run mostly by volunteers, that pairs schools with sponsoring groups in their community, said Sydney Breton, media specialist at Moseley.
Along with the shoes, DaVita also donated “some delicious Christmas treats for the children to enjoy,” said Breton. “The children were so excited about their new shoes.”
In other Moseley news:
After reading about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, the third grade students planned and prepared their own traditional Thanksgiving feast in November. Along with a delicious meal, students said that they were thankful for friends, family, and teachers who love them.
Students in Heather Stores’ Health Science class at Interlachen High School recently earned their Ready to Work career readiness certificates. The Ready to Work program is sponsored by the state of Florida and the credential certifies that a Florida student and/or jobseeker has demonstrated fundamental job skills in three areas: applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information.
Waylon Bishop from Price Middle School’s FFA program gives a poinsettia to Superintendent Phyllis Criswell at the Dec. 9 school board meeting. The FFA students grew the poinsettias to sell as a fundraiser.
Jenkins Middle School’s Drama class presented “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
The show featured well-known fairy tale characters in the roles of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
Andrea Wells, drama teacher, directed the play.
From left, T’mia Ford as narrator Mother Goose; Jessica McHenry as Old King Cole/The Ghost of Christmas Present; Ky’tianna Brinson, Kymeia Clark and Logan Scapellati as the Three Little Pigs. Kneeling in front is James Vicker as Jack from Jack in the Beanstalk.
School bus driver Kathy Moye received a standing ovation at Tuesday’s school board meeting after being introduced as a hero by Superintendent Phyllis Criswell.
Moye was driving a bus with 21 middle- and high-school students on U.S. 17 early Friday morning near Bostwick when the driver of a southbound truck lost control, drifted into the median flipped several times. Moye took evasive action to avoid the truck, and none of the students were injured, even though debris from the truck’s bed struck the front of the bus and damaged its windshield.
In an interview with First Coast News, Moye said her 22 years of experience as a bus driver for the county helped her make a split-second decision that saved the students.
“I veered to the right and just missed getting hit. Then, he continued on and flipped a half a dozen more times behind me,” she said in the interview.
According to Moye, the students were “shaken up” by the experience, but they thanked her for keeping them safe.
“They realize now why I’m always on them about staying seated and all about safety,” she said. “They saw a good example.”
Criswell commended Moye and all of the District’s bus drivers for the jobs they do transporting school children and keeping them safe every day.