Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOUR CHEERS; Helping Children

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOUR CHEERS; Helping Children

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Can there be a more worthy act than to help a child?

Few organizations do as much good as the Children's Home Society, which has been active in Jacksonville for more than a century.

Founded to serve orphans, it now cares for troubled children and families in general. Last year alone, according to its Web site, it helped over 139,000 people.

But it couldn't do that without a lot of volunteers - and, fortunately, many people step forward.

The following were honored recently at the group's annual awards luncheon, according to My Mandarin Sun, a Times-Union community news supplement:

- Jack Demetree: R. David Thomas Child Advocate of the Year.

- Florida Rep. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach: Public Official of the Year.

- The PGA Tour: Corporate Citizen of the Year.

- Sara Colby: Volunteer of the Year.

- Sherrie Mixon: Foster Parent of the Year.

- Tracy Gaffney, WJXT TV-4: Friend of Distinction.

This community owes them a huge debt of thanks.

HELPING WITH NUTRITION

Panera Bread recently gave $10,000 to after-school nutrition programs in the area, says My Mandarin Sun, a Times-Union community news supplement.

Childhood obesity has become a terrible problem.

Science Daily, in fact, recently reported that as many as 44 percent of the students in some high schools are overweight.

As those young people age, they are liable to become a terrible drain on the health care system.

A cliche says that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." It's true, particularly in health care.

SAFE DRIVERS IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY

Driving while intoxicated. Using cell phones. Text messaging.

Those are some of the distractions Nease Communications Academy students are trying to ward off in creating a safe teen driving campaign called "WreckLess," which uses multimedia, T-shirts, songs and pictures to make the point. …

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