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Junior Achievement Academy for Leadership & Entrepreneurship at Oak Ridge High School is officially open.
Junior Achievement Academy for Leadership & Entrepreneurship at Oak Ridge High School is officially open.
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4 Rivers Gives Back

4 Rivers Smokehouse awarded four students scholarships for this semester. Katie Rhem of Longwood, Jessie Dasher of Winter Garden, Chris Randazzo of Winter Park (pictured) and Staci Moellman were each awarded $1,000.

School nursing initiative continues

For over a decade, the Winter Park Health Foundation has provided financial support to Orange County Public Schools for the Coordinated Youth Initiative partnership. It was developed to identify and eliminate barriers to learning within the Winter Park Consortium schools. The initiative has contributed about $15 million in support, providing the schools with nurses, two comprehensive school-based health centers, the Community Help and Intervention in Life’s Lessons counseling program, and Healthy School Teams. The Winter Park Consortium schools include Aloma, Audubon, Brookshire, Cheney, Dommerich, Hungerford, Lake Sybelia and Lakemont elementary schools, Glenridge and Maitland middle schools, and Winter Park High School.

Florida Hospital employees give to kids

The Florida Hospital Backpacks for Kids campaign delivered more than 2,260 backpacks to students grades K through fifth.

New center for kids beating cancer

Kids Beating Cancer, an Orlando-based nonprofit that provides access to treatment for children with life-threatening diseases, recently celebrated the grand opening of Central Florida’s first pediatric bone marrow and stem cell transplant facility. The eight-bed unit named the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center is located at Florida Hospital for Children and offers new possibilities for the treatment of cancer, leukemia, sickle cell anemia and 72 other malignant and non-malignant diseases. Visit

HR training at Rollins

Rollins College’s popular Human Resource Management Certificate Program modules will now be available as stand-alone classes. For more information visit keywords: human resources certificate.

Call to artists

Fine artists can apply for The 54th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival by going to through Sept. 17. The festival will be held on March 15, 16 and 17 in Central Park and along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. For additional information visit Contact the festival at WPSAF, P.O. Box 597, Winter Park, FL 32790-0597 or leave a message at 407-644-7207.

Cities’ leaders try direct approach on pedestrian safety

On Aug. 20, Winter Park Commissioner Tom McMacken and Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker reminded drivers to slow down and yield to pedestrians, all part of Operation Best Foot Forward. McMacken was stationed in front of Lakemont Elementary. Visit

Hospice volunteer training

The nonprofit Cornerstone Hospice will be conducting two-day volunteer training as part of the certification process to become a Hospice Volunteer for anyone interested in assisting in community and special events, veteran recognition projects, visiting patients, sewing projects, helping at the office and much more. The next volunteer training will be held at the Cornerstone Hospice offices in Orlando, on South Orange Avenue just north of Sandlake Road, on Friday, Sept. 21, and Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Please pre-register by calling 407-206-227.

Nominate a caregiver to win a cruise

The Home Instead Senior Care network is sponsoring the cruise for one lucky caregiving hero and guest. Submit your nomination and vote by Sept. 15 at The winning recipient and guest will receive 40 hours of free care for their senior loved one while they are away.

Local students honored

Berklee College of Music announced that Drew Moore of Winter Park has earned placement on the Dean's List for the spring semester of the 2012 academic year.

Darrick Loftus of Winter Park, FL, took the first step in becoming a Boilermaker by participating in the annual STAR program at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus. Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) is Purdue's program for new undergraduate students to receive academic advice and create their initial course schedule.

Junior Achievement opens new academy

Junior Achievement of Central Florida and Orange County Public Schools recently celebrated the official opening of the Junior Achievement Academy for Leadership & Entrepreneurship. The first of its kind, the new magnet school will teach students leadership and entrepreneurship to help them be successful. Located at Oak Ridge High School, the school currently has more than 100 freshmen enrolled for the 2012–2013 school year.

Volunteer at Center for Independent Living

The Center for Independent Living (CIL) — a Winter Park-based nonprofit dedicated solely to helping individuals with disabilities and seniors achieve independence, is offering several volunteer opportunities for students and individuals seeking office experience, earning college credit or simply looking to help others. With the end of summer sneaking up on us, many students may still be looking to volunteer in the community. Services CIL offers include housing assistance, employment, mental health counseling, deaf services and aging in place. For more information, visit

Volunteer opportunities for tour guides

Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., has volunteer opportunities for school group docents (tour guides). After a period of mandatory training, shadowing and classroom instruction, docents are responsible for taking school groups on tours of the History Center. Call 407-836-8523 for more information.

Apply for college scholarship

The Women’s Executive Council is accepting scholarship applications for women attending Rollins College, University of Central Florida, Valencia College and Seminole State College. Ten recipients will be awarded $1,500 scholarships on Sept. 28. The event is at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Orlando. Visit

Road to Recovery program looking for volunteers

The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is currently recruiting volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. For more information, contact your local American Cancer Society office at 1-877-901-2862. If you are a cancer patient seeking more information about the Road to Recovery program, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Schools in Orange and Seminole counties need volunteers

Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Florida needs volunteers for the upcoming fall semester to teach JA classes in Orange and Seminole county elementary, middle and high schools. Training is held monthly at Junior Achievement’s office at 2121 Camden Road. For more information, contact Rachel Whitmire at 407-898-2121, ext. 30, or [email protected]

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