Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Education Banquet Key Event Caruthers Family Kids Get a Treat

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Education Banquet Key Event Caruthers Family Kids Get a Treat

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Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer

Professor Sarah Caruthers Jackson of the Northside has graduate degrees from Florida A&M University and Florida State University.

But yesterday she was scheduled to participate in an education-related event that means more to her than all of her achievements combined.

She was to present awards and trophies to her grandchildren in an annual event she calls the "Caruthers Educational Banquet." She named the event for her own grandmother, the late Anna Caruthers of Georgia, who she said was the most inspirational figure in her life.

"Years ago when my children started to have a little trouble getting their children to do their chores, behave well and do their best in school, I started trying to think of a way to encourage them," Jackson said. "Frankly, this was the rather sneaky idea I came up with to get their attention."

Jackson should know a thing or two about getting kids to learn. She began teaching at Florida Junior College, now Florida Community College at Jacksonville, in 1968. Today, she teaches anatomy and physiology at FCCJ's Downtown Campus. She's lived on the Northside since 1954 and today lives on Ribault Scenic Drive with her husband, Herman Jackson.

As part of the tradition she started, the family members attending the 2001 Caruthers Educational Banquet were to be picked up in a stretch limousine and driven to a favorite Arlington restaurant. After the meal, the grandchildren were to get an education presentation for dessert, another of Jackson's ideas.

The scheduled presentation was to feature a group of students from the University of North Florida called The Mad Scientists doing hands-on demonstrations relating to electricity. After that, awards and trophies are presented and the kids are treated to a limo ride back home.

Trophies of various sizes were to be presented for conduct, academic achievement, reading, foreign languages, extracurricular activities and for community service or volunteering. …

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