Families

St. Johns County School District Summer Food Service Program

St. Johns County School District Summer Food Service Program

The St. Johns County School District will once again be participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children June 13 through August 5.

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.

Jacksonville Suns Baseball Camp

Do you have a budding pitcher or enthusiastic short stop at home? Sign them up for the Jacksonville Suns Baseball Camp on June 29 and 30 at the Baseball Grounds  and let them learn from the best!  Participants learn the art of hitting, throwing, fielding and pitching from the Jacksonville Suns.  Participants score a commemorative t-shirt and a ticket to an upcoming Suns game! 

Duval County Public Schools' Provides Breakfast and Lunch This Summer to Children Under 18

Duval County Public Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June, July and August.

ATV Accident Leaves Jacksonville Family Concerned

ATV Accident Leaves Jacksonville Family Concerned

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When Victoria Hobbs and her husband decided to invest $14,000 in two ATVs, they believed the return would be hours of family fun.

But now they're concerned. "It is not worth your kid's life. It may be fun, but it is not worth your kid's life," said Hobbs.

Hobbs said they bought the smaller ATV for their 12-year-old daughter and the bigger one so her husband could ride along. But they did not do their homework beforehand, and Hobbs said the retailer did not explain age restrictions.

"No one at either dealership made us aware that a child has to be 16-years-old to drive an type of ATV," she said.

Florida law says no one under 16 can operate, ride or be otherwise propelled on an all-terrain vehicle unless the person wears a safety helmet and eye protection.

"People don't sit down and read Florida Law," she said.

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  --  A background check the Department of Children and Families did on one Jacksonville woman before it issued her licenses to operate a day care and be a foster parent did not reveal her abusive past, according to new DCF records.

DCF gave Annette Smith a license to operate a day care in 2001 and one to be a foster parent in 2004. But Smith was convicted of child abuse in 1991, which according to DCF's foster care checklist is a disqualifier.

According to DCF, it did a background check on Smith. Documents  just released from the agency are partially redacted, but a check done by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement only shows Smith's 1992 and 1993 DUI arrests and convictions. DUI is not a disqualifier.

Jacksonville Stop Bullying

Jacksonville Stop Bullying

 
Mental Health America of Northeast Florida
http://mhajax.org/newsandevents.html

The mission to Stop Bullying has expanded beyond dialogue and discussion,
actions are in place. Schools have embraced professional development for
their teachers to address how to deal with bullying in school and the classroom.
Parents Involvement Centers at schools as the PIC at Andrew Robinson Elementary
have offered parenting classes that assists parents detect if their child(ren) are
engaged, subjected or influenced by bullying.  Businesses are establishing
standards that address bullying, cyberbullying and sexual harassment at the
workplace.

This is no longer an acceptable and playful practice. Bullying is Serious…..
In March of this year the Whitehouse held a Bullying Conference attended by
hundreds (White House Conference On Bullying Prevention).

Is a Teen Paint Party Too Risque?

Is a Teen Paint Party Too Risque?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Paint parties have been popular with college kids for years, but now local promoters are marketing them to teens.

A company called "TeenGlow" will host the first even teenage paint party on June 12th, and some First Coast parents don't like the idea.  

"Who is really going to know what's going on behind those closed doors," asked Todd Moline, a concerned father.

He did some research about the paint parties after his 16-year-old daughter posted online about the one coming up here in Jacksonville.

"It's just too young, too young to be in that type of atmosphere. It's almost like a rave type atmosphere, bringing them in to the bar scene," said Moline.

Looking through the pictures posted on the TeenGlow website, Moline says he was appalled they're marketing this type of party to teens.