- August 24, 2020
Florida Rep. Tom Leek was presented with an award from the Pace Center for Girls on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in recognition of his support through legislative initiatives that benefit young women and girls.
The Pace Believing in Girls award is given to legislators across the state each year. Executive Director Georgia McCurdy said in her written remarks that Leek has been a "longtime supporter of Pace Volusia, including sponsorship of our major fundraiser of the year: our annual Believing In Girls breakfast." Leek has also co-sponsored legislation to fight against human trafficking in the 2019 session, as well as took on a legislative initiative to modify the path to a high school diploma and promote career opportunities for students. He also helped secure funding for Pace Centers across the state.
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The Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach recently donated $800 to Ormond Beach Elementary to aid with its after school programs.
OBE Principal Shannon Hay and third grade teacher Francesca Knutson paid the club a visit to thank members for their help and update them about what is going on at the school, according to a press release. The Rotary Club currently helps tend to the school gardens, conducts a Reading Buddies program, tutors students, performs outdoor maintenance and helps with the Student Advisory council.
Reading scores for students participating in Reading Buddies have increased, Shannon told the club, according to the press release. To learn more, visit RotaryClubofDowntownOrmondBeach.com
The Seabreeze High School Leo Club, along with members of the Ormond Beach Lions Club, collect toys for Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville every year.
The toys are brought to the club's annual Christmas party, according to a press release. There, they are assembled and packed for delivery to the children.
The Great Kids Learning Center held its annual Christmas program at Tomoka United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
The students performed "Everywhere, it's Christmas," and shared the customs of worldwide Christmas celebrations, according to a press release.