Soccer, swimming, yoga: Community center offers plethora of after-school programs
ORLANDO, Fla. – With winter break ending next week, you may be looking for something to keep your kids busy after school. The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando offers after school enrichment programs for preschool through high school students. [TRENDING: How to get vaccine in Florida | Will vaccine work on new strains? Harris says you can select sports options, like basketball, soccer, swimming, yoga, and cheerleading. Harris says virtual and in-person tours are available, and you child can drop in for a day and try a class.
Orange County teacher shares music of the world with her students during pandemic
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Covid-19 pandemic means teachers are coming up with new ways to engage students, both in the classroom and virtually. That’s why one Orange County chorus class participates in World Music Wednesday. Bridgewater Middle School chorus teacher Christiane Lynch says she got the idea from an online group for chorus teachers. Each Wednesday students virtually travel the world to learn about different music and cultures. "Just getting them to experience music in the classroom safely while having fun, I think that’s the biggest takeaway from this.
1 in 5 Central Florida kids is food insecure. Here’s how to help
ORLANDO, Fla. – One in five children in Central Florida is considered food insecure. But thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank and a $10,000 donation from Safelite Autoglass, students in Orange County Title I schools have food to take home on the weekends. “Because we know when you have to make a decision between fresh produce and mac-and-cheese, you’re going to purchase the mac-and-cheese because it’s going to fill your belly a lot more than the fresh produce. But we also know health-wise, you really need that fresh produce,” he said. If you’d like to contribute to Second Harvest or volunteer, you’ll find ways to help at FeedHopeNow.org.
Lake Mary students create portraits of children for Memory Project
LAKE MARY, Fla. – Lake Mary High School art students are giving a special gift to children in Puerto Rico through a worldwide project. The Memory Project began in 2004. The goal is to cultivate kindness by inviting artists to create portraits of children who have gone through difficult times. Art teacher Karen LeBlanc said her class was given the option of creating portraits for students either in Puerto Rico or Colombia and chose Puerto Rico. Since 2004, The Memory Project has created more than 130,000 portraits for children in 47 countries.
Students get free school supplies during 'Grant a Wish' event
The "Grant a Wish" event recognizes three students who were nominated by their teachers for excelling in school even during challenging times. News 6 anchor Bridgett Ellison emceed "Grant a Wish" along with AGFT President Jane Thompson. The high school student honored is Deyverson Fillistin. He began at Oak Ridge High School in 2017, having only moved to the U.S. five months prior. It provides a free store for teachers and is our area's largest provider of school supplies.
Orlando pilot gives students hands-on aviation experience
ORLANDO, Fla. – Pilot Mike McKenzie feels most at home on the flight line at Orlando Executive Airport. Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, McKenzie founded Vision of Flight, a nonprofit, where students as young as 12 who might not normally be exposed to aviation get hands-on experience. Ryan Dewitt is a Vision of Flight mentor and pilot who sees much of his younger self in the youths who come through the program. “I was the kid who always had to go up to the front of the plane to see the pilot,” Dewitt said. Ethan Smith, a 13-year-old program participant, said he's been enjoying his time at Vision of Flight so far.
Seminole Science STEM Charter School starts students coding on day 1
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – When it comes to career planning, students at Seminole Science STEM Charter School are ahead of the game, with human coding classes available for students as young as kindergarten. Teacher Kevin Grece runs the school's science, technology, engineering and math lab. He said the idea is to get students interested in real-world concepts they can build on into high school and beyond. Grece said to the casual observer, it may look pretty easy, but a lot of science goes into making the perfect program. "We get to do programming, which can be used later in life because there are many computer engineering jobs and coding jobs, which you may have to edit apps used for work," Telang said.
College Park's fallen landmark, The Jump Tree, inspires school project
Among the fallen oaks and pines was a landmark in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando, known as the "Jump Tree." Full Screen 1 / 27 Photos of the College Park Jump Tree, the subject of a school research project after it was knocked down during Hurricane Irma in 2017. Everyone had a story to share about the tree, West said. Research on the school project began soon after the idea. The idea of just swinging from a jump tree is just something that connects all the generations.
Project Lead the Way hosts educational summit
ORLANDO, Fla – Some local students got the chance to share how Project Lead The Way is positively impacting their educational experience at the group's annual education summit. Every year, Project Lead the Way brings students and educators from PLTW schools across the country to gather in order to share ideas on their problem-solving approach to learning. "I presented about our school's robotics team, and we have three teams now, and this year we started our first girls' robotics team," senior Samantha Ashby said. In doing so, we're not only giving them a little bit of satisfaction, a little bit of credibility from their teaching pursuit, but also giving them a little bit of inspiration," Wu said. To learn more about the PLTW schools in our area, check out this link: Https://www.Pltw.Org/experience-pltw/school-locator
Pre-K kids getting results with early exposure to technology
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla – VPK students get jump-start with re-furbished iPad. Today's kids are sometimes even more savvy with technology than their parents, and that's why Orange County Public Schools are adding more opportunities for even the youngest students to interact with technology in the classroom. Approximately 80 schools throughout the district are receiving nearly 2,000 recycled iPads through the LaunchED Program and a collaboration with Early Childhood Education. Whether they're learning letters, sounds or numbers, four-year-old VPK students will get practice and reinforcement to enhance their teacher's lessons. "The curriculum doesn't change, we want our 4-year-olds learning their alphabet, to be learning sounds, learning sight words, quite frankly, we want them to start reading as early as possible," Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said.
New safe school initiative hopes to help kids with choices online
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla – The online world is affecting students. This year, the Safe School Initiative: Digital Citizenship presentation is being offered to middle school students in addition to high school students in Seminole County. The presentation is a joint effort of the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children Innocent Images Task Force and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. It gives students an eye-opening look at topics including sexting, social media, grooming, bullying and much more. "You guys gotta understand everything you do today can affect your scholarships, can affect your college applications, can affect your jobs.
Teacher shows appreciation for students, school saving her life
All week long, schools across the national are thanking their teachers but Tuesday is designated as Teacher Appreciation Day. One Volusia County teacher wants to show appreciation for the students and school for saving her life. A collaborative work between the Future Problem Solvers and a school mentor who is a cancer survivor started making the Compassion in Action T-shirts after a school group called the Future Problem Solvers was brainstorming a way to spread awareness and show support for all cancer survivors. To purchase a $10 "Compassion In Action" T-shirt call 386 -575-4230 or stop by DeBary Elementary School, 88 W. Highbanks Road. Sizes range from youth small to 5XL.