Families

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the Duval County Public School Board began making recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and is in an unfortunate financial situation.

However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

Undie Sunday Collection Party this Weekend at Jacksonville Landing!

Undie Sunday Collection Party this Weekend at Jacksonville Landing!

Businesses, faith groups, schools & other organizations will turn in the brand new underwear they collected during the drive to help children and families in need.

Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! Comes to Jax

Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! Comes to Jax

Preferred customers can purchase tickets starting May 13, 2011, 104 days before the show’s premiere performance and before the tickets go on public sale! To become a preferred customer, please visit www.PhineasAndFerbLive.com.

Family Support Services Rolls Out Breakfast Learning Series in Jacksonville

Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS) is now offering in Jacksonville a monthly learning program for parents, caregivers, social services professionals and the general public.

The Breakfast Learning Series will be held the second Wednesday of every month and will feature a guest speaker who will share information, trends and professional insight into key issues facing parents, families and social services professionals.

Stop Bullying Now! One Mile Fun Walk!, May 21

River Point Behavioral Health in Jacksonville, Florida and Mental Health America of Northeast Florida (MHA) joined forces to organize a Stop Bullying Now! One Mile Fun Walk to take a stand against bullying in our community and schools. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 8:30a.m. and will begin and end at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) in Jacksonville.

FNFCG CARAVAN to the Clara White Mission Training Center & Garden

On Saturday, May 14th 2011, Clara White Mission Training Center & Garden will open its doors to the public and community gardeners. All are invited to come and tour the LaVilla Organic Garden and Clara White Mission Training Center.  Enjoy a tasting from the gardens provided by the Clara White Culinary Arts center.

16 Foster Children Get Forever Families in Group Ceremony

16 Foster Children Get Forever Families in Group Ceremony

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Crystal Tyler has been waiting for this day for three years.

With family and friends surrounding her, Judge David Gooding announced that 10-year-old Rashad was officially her son and the court room erupted with applause.

"I am so ready to be his mama," she told the judge in front of a room full of soon-to-be new mothers and fathers.

Sixteen foster children in all were adopted today in a large ceremony at the Duval County Courthouse. "Adoptions are always heartwarming and exciting," Gooding said.

"But this ceremony will be particularly special for the new mothers, what better way to celebrate mothers day."

Tyler was Rashad's foster parent several years ago. But when she took a job with the state, she said she had to give up her fostering license - and Rashad.