Also in Your Town: Registration deadline extended for Palm Coast Holiday Boat Parade.
Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager hosted Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart on Wednesday, Dec. 5. As part of her visit, Commissioner Stewart addressed school principals and then toured programs at Bunnell Elementary School and Flagler Palm Coast High School, according to a press release.
“Commissioner Stewart has been a friend of Flagler School throughout her tenure,” Superintendent Tager said in the release. “She has shown great leadership during her career in education and she continues to share her knowledge, even as she winds down her time in Tallahassee.”
Commissioner Stewart announced Tuesday she will step down from her post on Jan. 8 to allow Governor-elect Ron DeSantis the state Board of Education to appoint a new Education Commissioner.
Speaking to our principals, Commissioner Stewart said, “I like getting out into the schools and speaking with our principals. It is where my heart is.” She went on to add, “I’ve got almost 39 years in public education and was asked to give some advice. Treat everyone well, no matter what job a person has. Treat them well and with respect. We also talk about the importance of relationships, and it is extremely important. The way we respond to students is really important.”
Following her meeting with school principals, Commissioner Stewart was treated to a lunch made up of food grown on the Bunnell Elementary School campus and prepared by students. Those students then showed the guests the gardens from where the food was grown. She then toured the Fire Leadership Academy at nearby Flagler Palm Coast High School, which is a collaboration between Flagler Schools and local fire departments, led by Flagler County Fire Rescue.
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First place for Chicks with Cans
On Friday, Dec. 7, Chicks with Cans was awarded the first-place trophy for the most food collected for Feed Flagler. This year, the nonprofit collected and donated 11,204 pounds of food for Feed Flagler, which provides Thanksgiving meals for hundreds in Flagler County, according to a press release. The amount collected also includes money that went toward purchasing turkeys this year, as well as food the group ordered from Second Harvest Food Bank with the money donated by Publix shoppers that volunteers collected over a period of two weekends in October.
Registration deadline extended for Holiday Boat Parade
The deadline to register boats for the 36th-annual Palm Coast Holiday Boat Parade has been extended to Dec. 13. Once again under the stewardship of the Palm Coast Yacht Club, the community-wide Parade is expected to exceed last year’s record of more than forty brightly lit and decorated boats at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
For registration forms, boat captains should contact Parade Captain Robert Ulis at 283-5166 or via email at [email protected]. Registration forms and further details about the parade are also available at www.palmcoastyachtclub.com.
Healing through yoga
Toni Mayes, owner of Peace by Pieces Healing and Wellness LLC, is an RYT-200 Kripalu tradition yoga instructor. Along with her regular yoga classes for adults and kids, she will soon be teaching the Y12SR program, which stands for Yoga and 12 Step Recovery. It combines the practical tools of a 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. The classes will be from 6:30-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, starting January 2019, at Padma Yoga, 5 Utility Drive, Suite 15. Donations are accepted but not required. The classes at Padma Yoga will open to anyone who feels they could benefit from a 12-step program. This is offered as an adjunct — not a replacement — to regular addiction recovery work. The principles of safety and anonymity are upheld by Y12SR.
In addition, Mayes will be partnering with local nonprofit Project WARM — Women Assisting Recovering Mothers — for private classes. Mayes said she felt a calling to bring yoga to help the mothers find peace and learn stress management. Project WARM is a program run at Vince Carter Sanctuary in Bunnell. The partnership will begin in January 2019. Mayes is also reaching out to other treatment and nonprofit centers in the area to offer her services. The classes at treatment centers will be closed to the public.
Email [email protected] or visit https://www.padmayogaonline.com and https://www.facebook.com/peacebypieceshealingandwellness for more information.