Your Town: Educators Association hold 'walk-ins' to support public education

Also in Your Town: STREAM night at Wadsworth Elementary.

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The Flagler Education Support Professionals Association hosted "walk-ins" on Wednesday, April 17, at every school in Flagler County, said Katie Hansen, Flagler County Educators Association president.

More than 300 teachers, staff members, administrators, School Board members, parents and community members participated in the statewide event.

“We stood together and ‘walked in’ to work to send a message to Florida's legislators — that funding for public schools in Florida has been eroded for years and legislators need to step up and fund education as a priority,” Hansen said.


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Wadsworth Elementary School held its first STREAM Night for families on Thursday, April 11. Each grade level presented an activity representing a letter of STREAM for families and students to actively participate in together. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math.

Sixth-grade represented the letter E with supplies like cardboard, straws and rubber bands for students and families to build cars. Fourth-grade represented the letter T for technology providing families with information on iPad Apps to encourage learning that families could try-out on site. The STEM Academy and STREAM special area teachers were also there for parents to experience what their children do in the classes they attend while at school.

Science coach Tara Ossler created "passports" for the students to have signed once they visited each station. Once the students collected all the signatures they turned the passport in and received a free book from the Wadsworth Media Center station which represented the letter R for reading.


AAUW Flagler awards arts grants

Hannah Lopez is one of American Association of University Women's 2019 Arts Grant recipients. Photo courtesy of AAUW Flagler
Hannah Lopez is one of American Association of University Women's 2019 Arts Grant recipients. Photo courtesy of AAUW Flagler

American Association of University Women announced its 2019 Arts Grant recipients, according to a press release.

This year, two grants will be awarded: one to Hannah Lopez and one to Naomi Knight. Hannah has been a violin student with the Flagler Youth Orchestra for six years and is a member of the Harmony Chamber Orchestra — the most advanced orchestral group within FYO. She will use her grant for private lessons during the summer when there are not any FYO classes.

Naomi is planning to attend Elite Animation Academy where she will focus on visual storytelling and study digital drawing at the Academy’s summer workshop.

Since 2016, AAUW Flagler has recognized the need to promote opportunities for young women to study the creative arts by awarding arts grants to highly qualified local middle and high school girls in grades seven to eleven. Nine separate grants have been awarded since the program’s inception.


FCSO recognizes 32 volunteers

As part of National Volunteer Service Week, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony inside the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center to honor 32 volunteers for their service in different volunteer organizations within FCSO, on Thursday, April 11, according to a press release.

During the ceremony, Sheriff Rick Staly presented volunteers from the FCSO Citizen on Patrol, Flagler County Seniors vs. Crime, Homeland Security and STRIDE with the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. Each award included a certificate, commemorative pin and a congratulatory letter from President Donald Trump.

COP Pamela Muller was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for completing over 4,000 volunteer service hours. The award recognizes U.S. citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

“The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office simply could not be as effective in serving our community and keeping our residents safe without the tremendous amount of support we receive from our volunteers,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the press release.

Last year, volunteers from the FCSO completed 38,790 volunteer hours, equivalent to $870,692.85 savings for FCSO, the release states. Visit


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