Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Braggin' Rights

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Braggin' Rights

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ACADEMICS

- River City Science Academy, a charter middle-high school on the Southside, recently held a fundraising event for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and collected $1,000 in two days.

On March 24, Social Studies teachers Adam Suslak and Cathy Ball, who have ties to Japan, arranged a Dress Down Day for the relief effort. Students, parents and faculty purchased tickets to "dress down" for three days for $5. Proceeds were donated to the Japanese Red Cross, "where it can do the most good," said Dogan Tozoglu, executive director/principal.

In other news, River City Science Academy was recently recognized by the Florida Department of Education as a Florida Service-Learning Leader School.

The honor recognizes the school's "outstanding efforts to engage students in meaningful service activities that apply classroom learning, job skills and civic engagement," according to a news release. The school "has demonstrated the positive impact of service-learning when embedded in class curricula across all grade levels, as well as its effect on the students in the communities they serve," according to the release.

River City Science Academy is the first Duval County charter school to receive an A grade from the state and has about 780 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

- Three middle school teens from The Bridge TEAM UP program at duPont Middle School will be members of the 2011 Jacksonville Youth Poetry Slam Team. Carlos Diaz, Matthew Desilva and Dwight James were selected along with nine other Duval County students to represent the county at an international poetry competition called Brave New Voices in San Francisco this summer. …

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