Search for the Most Innovative "Green" Office Product

With a goal of searching worldwide for the next great idea for environmentally preferable office products, Staples is giving Jacksonville-area college students an opportunity to compete for a $25,000 grand prize if they submit a 1,000 word description of their idea by Dec. 23, 2010.

Community Conversation About School Reform in Jacksonville

As a follow-up to the recent release of education-reform documentary Waiting for Superman, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is hosting a panel discussion with education leaders, followed by a community conversation to identify education reform priorities for the city.

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference center of the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library, 303 N. Laura Street.

Raines High School Student Reading Leadership Book Drive, Nov. 6th

The Raines High School Student Reading Leadership team (R and R Reads) will host a community-based book drive before and during the football game against Ribault High School. The “R and R Reads” group asks everyone attending to donate a book to the schools, and those who do will be entered to win raffle prizes. Books should be high school reading level and can be dropped off at the school’s front entrance.

The books will be evenly divided between the schools, and distributed to students the following week to promote reading at both Raines and Ribault high schools.

When:  Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Game begins at 2 p.m.

Where:  William M. Raines High School, 3663 Raines Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32209

The Willie Gary Classic College Fair, Nov. 13th

The Willie Gary Classic Presents the 8th Annual Willie Gary Classic College Fair at the Jacksonville Public Library –

  • 303 North Laura Street on Saturday November 13, 2010 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Admission is free. 

College recruiters will represent their schools and answer student inquiries. 

Workshops will include:

  • The Jacksonville Commitment - Financial Aid options and representatives will assist in preparing financial aid online (FAFSA)
  • note: your latest tax returns must be in hand in order fill out
  • Deciding between the SAT or the ACT
  • Steps to choosing a college major or career (see assessment online)
  • Students should come prepared with three transcripts in hand
  • Register online at

Communities in Schools of Jacksonville Helps Students Stomp Out Drugs

Over 400 students from St. Clair Evans Academy (SCEA) along with the SCEA Team Up Court and cheerleaders, Raines High School’s Marching Band, Northwestern Middle School’s Marching Band and members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office  will be marching in the Stomp Out Drugs Parade, part of a national event that promotes a drug-free society. 

Lights On Afterschool Celebrated Locally on Oct. 21

The Jacksonville Children's Commission will celebrate its highly successful TEAM UP and community-based after-school programs and showcase the critical importance of quality programming during out-of-school time by participating in the nationwide 11th Annual Lights On Afterschool celebration. 

Duval County Public Schools Creating a Green Culture

Recently, the Duval County School Board approved the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) proposal of nearly $800,000. The funded amount will continue to expand efforts within three categories: school retrofit, waste reduction activities and low emission vehicles.