Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; New Trojan Plaza

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; New Trojan Plaza

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A bare spot near the entrance to Ribault High School is being transformed thanks to the help of JaxPride and the planning and urban design firm of Ervin Lovett Miller.

Steve Kelley, Ribault English teacher and faculty adviser to the National Honor Society, is leading a group of 40 students on the beautification project.

The object, according to a news release, is to "transform a once bare, triangular piece of land located at the entrance to Ribault High School along Winton Drive into a well-landscaped focal point that reflects a positive, attractive image of the school and neighborhood, the students' sense of leadership, and highlights the school's rich history and Trojan mascot."

Steve Lovett, a partner at Ervin Lovett Miller, said in the release that he has been impressed by the high achievers at Ribault.

"Trojan Plaza" will recognize the Ribault mascot, memorialize the students' leadership and participation. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and is expected to be completed by May 2010.

This is exactly the kind of partnership that schools like Ribault need.

Congratulations to Miller and JaxPride for pitching in.

THANKS TO POLICE SPOKESMAN

Julie C. Babcock, a Jacksonville educator, is impressed by the spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol. She describes it in an e-mail:

"Every time I open the paper or listen to the TV, I read or hear about Lt. Bill Leeper. This man is at every fatal automobile accident within miles of Jacksonville.

"I can't imagine the stress he must feel after having viewed one more dead or dying accident victim. He should be commended for his dedication to what must be a very thankless job - the worst police job I can imagine.

"I know it is necessary to have someone in this type of position, but day after day, he sees the worst happen. Some things could have been prevented, some are truly 'accidents,' yet there he is to be the spokesperson once again.

"My heart goes out to you, Lt. Leeper. May we have fewer occasions for you to do this dreadful job."

This is another example of the thankless jobs first responders have in service to the community. …

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