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Wadsworth Elementary principal finalist for innovation award, plus three other local briefs

Also in Your Town: DSC students present American women's history, a piece of St. Augustine history moves to Palm Coast, AAUW announces scholarship
by: Joey Pellegrino Staff Writer

Flagler Schools principal finalist for Innovative Principal award

Dr. Anna Crawford, principal of Wadsworth Elementary School, has been selected as a state finalist for the 2019-2020 Innovative Principal Award, sponsored by the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders. FCITL is the Florida affiliate for the International Society for Technology in Education which will recognize the winner at its annual conference next June in Anaheim, California.

Crawford was recognized for her ability to remove barriers and provide equitable technology access and use technology to monitor student progress, as well as her vision to promote college and career readiness for Wadsworth Elementary students. Crawford along with the other two state finalists will travel to the Future of Education Technology Conference in January 2020 in Miami, where the winner will be announced.

"Dr. Crawford consistently and methodically pursues innovative practices with the purpose of enriching the personalized learning opportunities with students," said Flagler County Schools Superintendent James Tager. "She is aggressively seeking a higher level of inclusion within the STREAM Flagship at Wadsworth Elementary School. Dr. Anna Crawford is successfully formulating creative learning spaces for all students to grow in terms of academic achievement in collaboration with our talented Instructional and Operational Innovation Team.”

DSC students present women's history 

Fourteen students from Dr. Nancy Duke’s history class at Daytona State College presented their assigned time periods in “Women’s History in America” to members of American Association of University Women Flagler Branch and the public.

From colonial to LGBTQ women, the story of women in America was told through 13 display boards. Activism, contributions to culture and expansions of women’s rights and roles, which began before 1776, continue today. 

Richard Rigby and Kobe Narvaez readily admit neither were thrilled with their assignment of “Women in Politics: 1960s to the Present” until they discovered Patsy Mink and Shirley Chisholm. Mink was a third-generation Japanese-American and the first woman of color elected to Congress. Chisholm became the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress. She later retired to Palm Coast. 

Richard Rigby and Kobe Narvaez. Courtesy of AAUW

Luke Ritter and Ryan Little found gold nuggets of history with Ma Rainey and Audre Lorde and their contributions to American culture, specifically jazz and poetry. How many of jazz greats, past and present, credit Ma Rainey as one who influenced their career?

A Van Heusen tie advertisement caught the attention of Freya Smith and Portia Ludwig as they learned about the American housewife from 1920 to 1950. Like most ads directed at housewives, the ad’s misogynistic message depicted a housewife dressed in full June Cleaver style, kneeling before her husband and serving him coffee,as he reclines from a taxing day at work. Both Smith and Ludwig found it hard to understand how women could so easily return to domestic chores after they had worked in male-dominated factories for war efforts. 

The event was capped off with a showing of the HBO film “Iron Jawed Angels,” one of a series of events planned to draw attention to the Women’s Suffrage movement and its upcoming centennial celebration. Students and AAUW members in attendance left with a greater appreciation for the many sacrifices of women in America. AAUW Flagler member Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky said the movie is powerful and should be required viewing for all college students. 

AAUW Flagler thanked Duke and DSC for the opportunity to bring awareness of America’s women to the generation charged with fulfilling their legacy. 

Rebecca Knotts and Abrinna Taylor. Courtesy of AAUW

St. Augustine's Meldrim Cottage moves to the Florida Agricultural Museum

The Florida Agricultural Museum has announced that the Meldrim Cottage in St. Augustine is now ready to join the growing village on the museum’s property on U.S. 1 and Old Kings Road in Palm Coast. It will be moved at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and will join several other buildings that have been moved to the museum from areas across the state.  

The Meldrim Cottage is a 960-square-foot one-story wood-frame house with two covered porches, a parlor, kitchen and three bedrooms. The house was built by James S. Meldrim in the very early 1950s. The Meldrim family operated a turpentine and timber farm in St. John's County dating back to 1934. 

St. Augustine recently purchased the property to build a new park and make flooding improvements. The city asked for proposals from any interested parties, offering the house at no charge and adding $5,000 to help with the cost of the move. After reviewing the proposals, the St. Augustine city commissioners voted unanimously to award the home to the Florida Agricultural Museum. 

The house will be moved from its location at 91 Coquina Ave. to the Florida Agricultural Museum by way of Hastings. LaRue House Movers & Sons chose this 44-mile route to avoids intersecting with I-95, heavy traffic, low hanging cross-road wires and red lights. The move should take approximately five hours. 

Once the Meldrim Cottage is set up on a new lot in the museum's village, it will be renovated, repaired and dressed in its original style of the early 1950s, allowing visitors to experience the Floridian way of life of that period.

Call 446-7630 for more information.

AAUW Flagler announces scholarship application

The American Association of University Women Flagler has announced that its scholarship application process for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders is now open. 

Since 2013, AAUW Flagler has awarded Flagler County’s collegiate women with scholarships to NCCWSL's leadership conference. Those interested in applying for the conference to be held on May 27-30 in 2020 must be 18 by the time of the conference. Simply download and complete the application from The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2020.

Please mail the completed application to Dr. Nancy Duke at the Daytona State College Flagler Palm Coast campus, Building 2, Room 120 G Palm Coast, FL 32137 or AAUW Flagler County Branch, P.O. Box 354873, Palm Coast, FL 32135. For more details, email [email protected] or [email protected].

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