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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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Family Means Forever

October 30, 2020

Melody can describe her kids with just a few words. “They are so silly”, she says with a smile. Melody and Bert have always loved children and even with five biological children of their own, they knew they had room in their heart for more. “We decided to look closer into adoption after we learned […]

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To CHS: Thank you. From: the Blanco Family

October 19, 2020

These words fall short: THANKS … It has been a pleasure to get the support you have given us from such a distinguished program, CHS’ Early Head Start Program. Feeling the trust and support that other people provide is something that motivates a lot and more when people are trained in the area and when […]

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Barbie takes on racism in new video released by toy company

October 16, 2020

Toy manufacturer, Mattel Inc, is making a statement with a recent vlog. In the video blog post, The iconic toy figure Barbie is sending a message to children about how to tackle racism and be a white ally. Experts says the most important thing for parents to do is to have honest conversations and be […]

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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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First Coast Connect | World Mental Health Day

October 8, 2020

In honor of World Mental Health Day, Andry Sweet, CHS President & CEO spoke with WJCT’s Melissa Ross about the impact of pandemic on mental health and CHS’ work to increase access to mental health care throughout Florida. at the 37:00 minute mark to hear more: WJCT.ORG

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Featured Foster Parent: Cheryl Miller

October 2, 2020

A child’s joy and wonder around the holidays, s’mores by a campfire and family bike rides around the neighborhood  — these are a few of Cheryl Miller’s favorite things about being a foster parent. Cheryl loves to give the children in her home happy memories and positive, family-grounded experiences. She recognizes that each child has […]

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Josh’s Journey

September 29, 2020

After struggling for a while with my family and not getting along with my parents, I was sent to the Wave Crest Shelter in Fort Pierce. I stayed there for around 43 days and started to feel hopeless and was just about ready to give up on myself and my life. To think my parents […]

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Children’s Home Society sees increase in helpline calls from families amid pandemic

September 20, 2020

“I’m afraid,” said one caller. “I’m depressed,” said another. “I’m lonely,” said one more. Many of the teens, young adults and parents who contact the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s helpline ask counselors to confirm whether such statements are signs of mental health issues. Some then ask whether they should seek professional help. With stress, anxiety, and depression on the rise amid the […]

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