“Water Is Life” at Atlantic Coast High School.
About 15 students in Kelly Delaney’s art classes created a mural of that title that won first place in the grades 9-12 category of the 2017 Wyland National Art Challenge. Their 6-feet-by-12-feet painting, which is acrylic on canvas, depicts a colorful coral reef with marine life and sea turtles with conservation being the competition’s theme, Delaney said.
About 3,600 students who participated at the elementary, middle and high school levels were encouraged to work together while studying coast and climate issues. Atlantic Coast will receive $1,000 for classroom art supplies, and the mural will go on permanent display in one of the school’s academic buildings.
Delaney said her students enjoyed researching, designing and creating the mural. They came up with different designs and artwork using as many of their ideas as possible.
Robert Wyland, an American artist best known for his 100 Whaling Walls, large outdoor murals featuring images of life-size whales and other sea life, said the young artists keep getting better each year.
“I’m very proud of your art and conservation message,” he said, adding that the foundation hopes it will lead students to a greater understanding of their role as future caretakers of water and other natural resources.
Here’s more good news:
• First it was the Big Cats pouncing on the Bisons. Now it’s the Big Cats tackling the Steelers. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens had a friendly wager with the Buffalo Zoo that resulted in Buffalo sending Jacksonville sponge candy and a donation to the Rupununi Wildlife Research Unit after the Jags beat the Bills in the playoff game. In the spirit of camaraderie, the Jacksonville Zoo decided to donate to bison conservation as well.
Now it’s going up against the Pittsburgh Zoo &PPG Aquarium betting that the Big Cats can claw the Steelers and score their second playoff victory. The losing zoo will not only contribute to a conservation program of the winner’s choice, but provide the winning zoo with favorite local specialty food.
If the Steelers win, the Jacksonville Zoo will contribute to the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Second Chance Program and treat them to fried chicken. If the Jaguars win, the Pittsburgh Zoo will contribute to the Rupununi Wildlife Research Unit and provide Jax with a dozen sandwiches from Primanti Brothers.
• The magic of seeing streets come aglow recently raised $31,1554 for area charities. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty lit up the night with a recent luminaria throughout Northeast Florida. The company sold luminaria kits for the event with all the proceeds going to charity.
The firm’s 2016 inaugural event in Atlantic Beach was such a success that it inspired Berkshire Hathaway to expand the event company-wide in 2017.
• In lieu of exchanging holiday gifts with one another, the Southeast Georgia Health System Information Systems Department chooses a local organization or charity to support. This year they donated 46 bags to Foster Hope, which helps equip Glynn County foster children with an essentials bag to help smooth their first 48 hours of placement.
“We may not be in the position to become foster parents, but that does not mean we are incapable of helping,” Lydia Nave, a department application analyst, said.
This year Foster Hope launched its first Care Community, volunteers who provide a support system for the foster family through meals, helping with transportation and/or assisting in child care.
• Rich’s Consumer Brands Charitable Fund recently donated $100,000 to three charitable organizations serving youth and families in Glynn County, Ga. Morningstar Children and Family Services received $50,000 to rebuild a children’s playground and repair a leaky classroom roof, the YMCA of Coastal Georgia received $25,000 to create an electronic lumo room and a second activity room, and the Golden Isles Fellowship of Christian Athletes received $25,000 to support its youth camps and overall athletic programs.
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