Cheers to Molly Curry, Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and his wife, Rachel, for doing their part to encourage local children to read.
The Vittis and Curry, wife of Mayor Lenny Curry, served as readers during the Jax Kids Book Club’s recent celebrity reader event at Woodland Acres Elementary School.
The book club is sponsored by the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.
It’s a free early literacy program that helps local 4-year-olds start building the foundation to become successful readers by the time they enter kindergarten.
Equally important, the Jax Kids Book Club encourages families to read together in their homes — which has been shown to be a key factor in helping kids become proficient readers at early ages.
Molly Curry and the Vittis read the book “I Can Read/Yo Puedo Leer” to pre-kindergarden pupils at Woodland Acres.
Let’s applaud the trio for taking time out to support this fantastic program!
And while we’re at it, let’s also hail the Jacksonville Children’s Commission for carrying out its tireless work to increase early-age literacy in our community.
Reading is a gift for life.
SPEECH, DEBATE HONORS FOR FSCJ
Bravo to Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Forensics team for doing impressive work at two recent state competitions for speech and debate.
During the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championship, FSCJ team member Adonis Lane took first-place honors in both the Prose and Poetry Interpretation categories while teammates Madeline Windsor and Samantha Radomski did the same in the Duo Interpretation.
Meanwhile, Ashley Blanding, Reagan McGuire and Nicki Ercolino placed high in other competition categories.
All together, the fine performances allowed FSCJ to finish fifth overall in a competition that boasted teams from the University of Florida, Florida State, the University of Central Florida and several other much-larger schools across the state.
During the Florida College System Activities Association State Championship, FSCJ’s Forensics Team finished second overall — with Blanding, McGuire, Kathleen Patti, Chris Carlson and Cephas Bradley all placing high in individual categories.
Well done, FSCJ’s Forensic Team!
And good luck during next month’s national championship competition at the University of Wisconsin.