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Nonprofit executive empowers Black students to excellence

February 19, 2021

Shining a Light: A series of stories for Black History Month highlighting people making a difference today in Central Florida’s Black community. As a teenager, Jarvis Wheeler worked 30 hours a week at a restaurant while balancing schoolwork and sports at Dr. Phillips High School. “It was empowering for me to stand on my own,” […]

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Community Partnership Schools are the way through COVID-19 and into the future

February 1, 2021

When COVID-19 catapulted students into remote learning overnight, our kids lost more than an in-person learning experience. Children in frightening, unstable home environments lost precious hours of safety and certainty, and positive relationships with peers, teachers, principals and bus drivers. Students struggling with anxiety, depression or a host of other mental health issues lost comfort, […]

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Eccleston Elementary, A Community Partnership School shifts students’ trajectories

January 22, 2021

Mia’s struggles with behavior and mental health began when she was only in Pre-K. Her immense anger outbursts involved screaming, crying, throwing and breaking items These behaviors persisted for years, reaching an all-time intensity throughout 3rd grade, when she received 4 out of school suspensions for threatening the safety of others. Mia lives with a […]

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“I love Mort. Love. Love. Love.”

January 5, 2021

Like most parents in 2020, Belkis Moya suddenly became the “principal” of her home when her children started virtual schooling in response to the coronavirus pandemic. She worried how the challenges of the pandemic would impact her children’s ability to learn and achieve … and how she would be able to support them along the […]

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Sabal Palm Elementary unveils new educational bicycle park for students

October 31, 2020

What was once a partially-used basketball court next to Sabal Palm Elementary School now is a freshly-painted bicycle park, complete with road signage and turning lanes for students to learn the rules of the road in a safe, enclosed environment. Leon County School officials, including board member Darryl Jones, cut the ribbon on the new outdoor park, […]

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KCCI creates state’s first Educational Bike Park at Sabal Palm Elementary

October 30, 2020

The first educational bike park in the state of Florida opened on Friday at Sabal Palm Elementary school with options for children of all ages, and riders of all levels. The Knight Creative Communities Institute collaborated with the school to repurpose underutilized spaces to create the bicycle park, promoting education, safety, and fun. The public […]

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Middleburg Junior High School offers students, families, community free access to clean clothes, washing machines

October 15, 2020

Clothing, shoes, purses, and jewelry are just some of the items you’ll find at Eagles Laundry Center and Clothing Exchange at Wilkinson Jr. High School. Watch the broadcast here. Principal Christina Cornwell said the Middleburg community was in need of something like this when she realized clothing was a big reason why children weren’t attending […]

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Laundry center, clothing exchange helps students in need in Clay County

October 14, 2020

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Chronic absences due to a lack of clean clothes can take a devastating toll on a student’s overall success in school. By removing access barriers to learning, the Community Partnership Schools model is helping more Clay County children realize their full potential. Ernest Hamilton, the Florida Regional Executive Director for Children’s […]

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A Partnership to benefit Ed White Academy of Leadership students

September 15, 2020

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida and the Children’s Home Society of Florida partner up to benefit students at Ed White Academy of Leadership, A Community Partnership School. Ernie Hamilton, the Regional Executive Director of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, and Tiarra Wells-Young, the ESE Lead Teacher at Ed White join Melanie […]

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New School Based Health Center opens at Manatee Elementary

September 10, 2020

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — The School District of Manatee County and MCR Health teamed up to open a School Based Health Center at Manatee Elementary. This is the second School Based Health Care Center of its kind in Manatee County. The first opened at Southeast High School in February 2020 and offers on-site medical care […]

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