Also in Your Town: Bunnell Elementary student, who lost use of one hand, receives signed photo from one-handed linebacker.
Hats off to YPG’s derby party
The Youth Professionals Group of Flagler County held its second-annual Kentucky Derby party on Saturday, May 5, at Grand Haven Clubhouse. All money raised will benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Flagler County. The afternoon featured a live stream of the derby, photo ops, mint julips and festive attire.
In addition to the event, YPG is seeking monthly sponsors to help support the Flagler Imagination Library. Those interested can email [email protected].
Donations needed for STEM and reading summer academy
Flagler County’s Inspiring Our Youth ‘A’ Game is looking for support for its 2018 Summer Academy- "Wakanda" A STEM and Reading Enrichment Academy. The nonprofit is designed to address the social and emotional barriers that impede communication with middle and high school scholars who have chronic challenges in their schools and communities. To donate, visit the GoFundMe account at https://bit.ly/2I4U5EE. For more information, go to https://www.inspiringouryouthagame.net.
Summer musical theater camp needs your help
Every summer, the Flagler Playhouse has provided a number of scholarships for low income students thanks to grants received in the past. This year, the playhouse grants have diminished, and in order for the playhouse to provide its traditional level of assistance, it is asking for donations to the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.
The playhouse summer camp provides students with unique opportunities for growth, not only in areas of performance, but also in social, emotional and intellectual growth. Donations of $50 or more will be acknowledged in the program for the summer show.
Visit http://www.flaglerplayhouse.com or call the box office at 586-0773.
Arbor Day in Palm Coast
The city of Palm Coast held its annual Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, May 5. The event featured a tree give-away, butterfly release and tent, entertainment, paper-shredding service and fun activities for all ages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center.
Palm Coast actress to perform at Daytona Playhouse
Palm Coast resident Tabitha Morales O'Jibway will perform in “Don't Mention My Name” by Fred Carmichael, directed by another well-known Palm Coast resident John Pope. O'Jibway plays a nightclub singer who arrives at a bed-and-breakfast where a man with temporary amnesia struggles to figure out who he is and why is he is here. She has been performing at Daytona Playhouse, Flagler Playhouse, City Repertory and Thank You Five for years.
“Don't Mention My Name” performances are May 11-20 at Daytona Playhouse, 100 Jessamine Blvd, Daytona Beach. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors age 55 and up and $6 for youth. Visit http://www.DaytonaPlayhouse.org or call 255-2431.
Auditions for Motown and Mo' 2018
Flagler County's CITY LITES is the producer of the annual fundraiser event Motown and Mo'. Through CITY LITES productions, performing arts students are offered an opportunity to receive college credit for internships and an opportunity to apply for scholarships.
CITY LITES 2018 auditions will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Realty Exchange office, 300 Palm Coast Parkway NE. Auditioning dancers, singers and actors will be asked to be prepared to perform two to three short skits or songs from the Motown or contemporary era.
Current high school or college students who study performing arts or theater, as well as adults of all ages, are encouraged to audition. Visit the Facebook page at CityLitesMotownAndMo.
Belle Terre students write to soldier, receive American flag in return
Chief Patrick Prevot, the wife of Michelle Prevot, has been stationed in Afghanistan since early 2018. Donnamarie Giglio (Michelle Prevot's aunt) and her first-grade class at Belle Terre Elementary wrote him Valentines in February, sent jokes in plastic eggs with candy and other goodies in March and recently wrote him letters thanking him for protecting our freedom and telling him why our freedom of speech, religion, assembly and the press are important.
Patrick Prevot flew the American flag in his Apache Longbow helicopter on one of his missions, and he sent the flag to students. BTES flew the flag outside the school and pledged to the flag. Michelle Prevot and her son Brantley were in attendance for this event. Giglio said the flag will forever be displayed in the school’s display case for all to see.
One-handed linebacker sends autographed photo to Bunnell Elementary student who lost use of his hand in fireworks accident
After watching Shaquem Griffin — then the one-handed linebacker for the University of Central Florida — play in the Peach Bowl against Auburn University on Jan. 1, 2018, Flagler Schools teacher Angela Reed said she was amazed at his ability.
Reed wrote to Griffin’s football coaches at UCF and asked if he could send a signed photo to his neighbor just 90 minutes north — Faizon Brown, a student at Bunnell Elementary, who lost the use of one hand after a serious fireworks accident on July 4, 2017.
To Reed’s surprise, the sports agents for Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin (his twin brother and Seattle Seahawks cornerback) delivered two signed photographs — one from each brother. The one from Shaquem is personalized with Faizon‘s name on it. Reed said Brown’s mother was very grateful. Faizon Brown was shy when receiving the photos, but his mother said he has been watching Shaquem Griffin play, and it encourages him.
i3 Academy alligator farm project
On Thursday, May 3, Flagler i3 Academy students unveiled their interactive, augmented reality scavenger hunt game to the alligator farm in St. Augustine and to Abbey Cooke’s class from Belle Terre Elementary School. “What’s living in your swamp?” is an authentic project that connected students with the community, environment and technology. Biology students at the i3 Academy developed content for the scavenger hunt app game for the alligator farm.
Once the Biology students created the content, game design students created the game using the online software Metaverse. The BTES students worked with a group of i3 students to test the scavenger hunt app and provide feedback to the high school students, allowing them to engage in the complete engineering process.