Healthy at Park Maitland
This school year Park Maitland School is starting off on a healthy note. The school’s 625 students will be learning about more than just reading and math thanks to Florida Hospital’s Healthy 100 Kids Program. This is the first time that an entire school is going to join the program which educates students, faculty and staff on living healthier lives. The program focuses on nutrition, physical activity and purpose. The Park Maitland School has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a Fit Friendly school. This recognition shows the school is taking measures to educate, practice and promote a healthy lifestyle for the community. To find out more about Florida Hospital’s Healthy 100 program, visit healthy100.org
Rollins College best in the region
Rollins College ranks No. 1 among 128 regional universities in the South in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings. This is the eighth consecutive year that Rollins has been named to the top spot in this category, which is comprised of schools that provide a full range of undergraduate- and master’s-level programs.
Twelve Winter Park students in running for scholarships
Orange County Public Schools has 29 seniors chosen as semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Winter Park High School’s 12 finalists are Trevor Byrne, Jillian Dukes, Alexandra Felsing, Sarah Herod, Madeleine Hill, Mary Hwang, Melissa Likamwa, Vaishali Mehta, Mason Montgomery, Adrianne Spoto, Harrison Thayer and John Ward. The students were among 1.5 million juniors who took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for roughly 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.
Flu shots available at Maitland Fire Station
The Maitland Fire and Rescue Department Station 45 is now offering flu shots for $25. The shots are available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no need for appointments. Cash, checks and most insurances are accepted.
Winter Park student attending Butler University
Butler University welcomed its largest freshman class in history this year, weighing in at 1,111 new students. Of the freshmen, 152 are Butler legacies, including James Baker, a resident of Winter Park.
Macaroni Grill helps diners share food
During September, Macaroni Grill diners can donate $2 to No Kid Hungry and receive $5 off their next visit. Each donation helps connect a child in need to up to 20 meals. Every time a fan shares a photo from the Mac Grill Give Facebook Gallery, Macaroni Grill will donate $1 to help connect a kid to 10 meals.
Volunteers are needed for AARP’S Tax-Aide Program
Tax-Aide counselors help prepare tax returns and assist with filing requirements for older taxpayers and others. Individuals with an aptitude for tax preparation, experience in filing personal returns and good communication skills are urged to sign up. AARP membership is not required to be a volunteer with this program. Volunteer counselors are trained by AARP in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). An orientation will be held in December and training for volunteer counselors begins around Jan. 7 in the Orlando area. Anyone interested in joining the program should call Jackie Sward at 407-647-5233 or Jean LeaMond at 407-774-1958.
Social entrepreneurship embraced at Rollins
From building an eco-lodge in Tanzania, to founding a company that creates energy from waste, to helping South African women launch a profitable bakery, Rollins College students are embracing “social entrepreneurship” by applying business principles to combat global issues. The College was recently recognized by Ashoka U – the first global association of faculty and institutions working to advance the academic field of social entrepreneurship – as one of just 16 colleges nationally (and the first in Florida) that are making a concerted effort to embrace social entrepreneurship on campus. Pictured left to right are Marina Kim, executive director of Ashoka U, and Michele Leaman, director of the Changemaker Campus Consortium for Ashoka U.
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