The 12th annual Kids Ocean Day Florida for elementary school students will be Friday, May 7th at Bay Drive Park; Canon Mullen and Natalia Crandall of FPCHS were the winners of the poster contest.
by: Danielle Anderson
Byway Administrator, Friends of A1A
The Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway are proud to announce the 12th-annual Kids Ocean Day Florida, Environmental Education Fair for elementary school students on Friday, May 7, at Bay Drive Park in Palm Coast/The Hammock.
The event promotes awareness, education and the encouragement of good stewardship for the protection of the environment for students.
The fair, which includes hundreds of elementary school students, is by special invitation to area school children who will participate in environmental learning stations and aerial art at Bay Drive Park in Palm Coast/The Hammock, for a morning of fun learning about environmental conservation and wildlife.
The theme for the day is “Be An A1A Scenic Byway Sea Star” and the highlight will be the creation of students forming an aerial art piece in the sand, taken by photographer, John Merriam of Merriam Multimedia. Activities will feature demonstrations and learning fun for all, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Friends of A1A appreciate the support of the sponsors and exhibitors who help defray the expenses of T-shirts, buses, and other miscellaneous costs for the students associated with this event, which is free of charge to the children. The majority of these students will be from Bunnell Elementary School in Flagler County and joined by homeschool students from across the community.
Adding additional opportunities to engage students, Ed Beckett’s digital design students at Flagler Palm Coast High School submitted 23 poster concepts for the event. The Friends of A1A are pleased to recognize sophomore Canon Mullen as the official selection for this year’s event. Sophomore Natalia Crandall was voted as the People’s Choice selection. Recognition and prize awards will presented to both of the winners.
“After canceling last year’s in-person event, we are thrilled to see the smiles on the faces of students participating in the annual Kids Ocean Day Florida event,” said Friends of A1A vice president Adam Morley. “Countless children have benefited from the educational programming of this event, and we’re grateful to our partners who give their time to be educators for the younger generations, and help to create byway super stars,” he said.
The Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway is a non-profit organization that protects, preserves, promotes and enhances resources along the A1A All-American Road. This citizen's advocacy group partners with municipalities, governmental agencies and other civic groups to maintain and improve resources along the corridor.
Designated in 2002, the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, Florida’s second All-American Road (2021), is rich in history, nature, archaeology, culture, scenery and recreation. The Friends of A1A's efforts benefit residents and travelers alike maintaining identified intrinsic resources while allowing economic development.
For more information, contact Danielle Anderson at 904-425-8055 or email [email protected].