Flagler’s Top Speller Named

As soon as she heard the word in the Championship Round, Old Kings Elementary School 5th grader Addison Davis knew she had won. “Renovate” won her the 2019 Flagler County Spelling Bee, but it was “pretzel,” which threw her for a brief second in the round to get her to the championship. “You mean the food?” she asked Flagler Schools Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Diane Dyer, who was the official pronouncer for the bee.

Runner-up in this year’s Spelling Bee was Chevaney Chandradat, a 6th grader from Belle Terre Elementary School. She pushed Addison through seven rounds Wednesday night in the cafeteria of Wadsworth Elementary School.

Addison admitted to doing very little preparation for the spelling bee. “I’ve got to be honest. I really didn’t start looking at the words until about four days ago. There were some words I spelled tonight that I don’t think I ever saw.” She credits her love of reading when it comes to spelling though.

Addison’s parents, Lesley and Josh Davis admit it was not easy watching quietly from the audience. Says Lesley, “I think they should put a warning out for the parents on just how nervewracking it is to watch them stand up and do this. I had no idea.” Josh Davis adds, “I thought I was going to pass out. I’m just so proud...as proud as I can possibly be.”

Addison goes on to the 75th Annual First Coast Regional Spelling Bee next month at Jacksonville University, in Jacksonville.

Flagler Schools are sending Donations to the Panhandle!

Flagler Schools knows first-hand what it takes to re-open following a hurricane strike. Our community was hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and then Hurricane Irma in 2017. When we saw the devastation in the panhandle following Hurricane Michael, our Flagler Schools family knew we needed to help.

With the help of Joe Rizzo, Executive Director of the Flagler County Education Foundation, we are sending help to the Bay District Schools. The FCEF has collected donations from Flagler Schools employees and student groups. On top of that though, we’ve had department heads go through their inventory. Says Rizzo, “I’ve been in touch with several Bay District School officials. There are many campuses which have nothing, they lost everything in the storm. Add that to the families who lost everything but what they could pack up before the storm hit, and you see what a devastating situation it is for that entire district.”

In our Transportation Department, we normally keep a number of high-mileage buses in inventory as back-ups. We currently have an order of nine new buses headed our way, so we’ve got the opportunity to loan three buses to Bay District Schools immediately. This will not impact the operations of our bus fleet.

But the desire is not to send the buses to Bay County empty. Today and tomorrow, Flagler  Schools will park a bus in each of the two Flagler County Winn Dixie parking lots where members of the community can donate much-needed items. A list of those items can be found on the Flagler Schools website, www.flaglerschools.com. We’re looking specifically for classroom items and cleaning products. Please, do not donate clothing at this time. Flagler Schools thanks Flagler Broadcasting, Winn-Dixie, Flagler Technical Institute, and Flagler Volunteer Services for their support of this supply drive. Items will be accepted until 7:00 Wednesday night (October 31).

Flagler Schools also has a number of steps, ramps, and landings for portable or modular buildings we no longer use. Bay District Schools will use about 100 modular buildings to replace heavily damaged or destroyed schools in the coming weeks.

Additionally, we have surplus books for high school level classes we are no longer using, so those will be boxed up and sent up to be used by students in the Panhandle.

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager adds, “I want to thank everyone with Flagler Schools for reaching out and helping those in need, not only in Bay County but neighboring counties in northwest Florida. We’ve had teachers and students groups already raise money and collect supplies for colleagues and complete strangers alike. That compassion is what makes our community such a great place in which to live and work.”

The Flagler County Education Foundation is also accepting monetary donations which will go to district education foundations impacted by Hurricane Michael. Simply go to https://flagleredfoundation.org/get-involved/financial-support/ and under the dropdown menu of “Which Program Are You Helping,” choose “Hurricane Michael Relief.”


Flagler Schools strives to be the nation's premier learning organization. Our mission is to ensure educational success through high expectations and innovative thinking in a safe learning environment to empower students to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world. We can be reached online at http://flaglerschools.com, or https://www.facebook.com/FlaglerSchools and via telephone at 386-437-7526.

Warner Christian Preschool Hosts Love and Unity Parade

Students to parade through campus to spread a spirit of love and unity in the community.

South Daytona, October 18, 2018 – The Warner Christian Preschool will hold its second annual “Love and Unity in Our

Community” parade on Friday, November 2, 2018 starting at 9:30 am. All community members are invited to encourage

this effort by coming to either walk in or watch the parade.

The Love and Unity parade is the brainchild of Linda Hampton, Director of Warner Christian Preschool. “I was in a parent

conference and was sharing that when children visit the office because they have not made the right choices, we ask them

‘How can we turn this around?’ The phrase ‘turn it around’ came alive for me. I just knew that with all of the conflict and

the racism and the anger there seems to be in our country right now, we had to do something to turn around the negative

atmosphere.” Hampton started thinking about how to do something positive with the kids in the preschool that also

included the community. “I realized that love and unity are the most powerful weapons we have been given to combat the

hate and division in our community, city, and across our nation.” She came up with the idea to have a walk that would be

focused on positive attitudes and actions.

The Warner Christian Preschool will be joined by the Warner Christian Academy students and staff in support of this

event. The parade will be led by the members of the Warner Velvet Blues Drum Line. Warner Preschool students,

wearing special t-shirts and carrying signs encouraging compassion, patience, kindness, and forgiveness, will be followed

by the entire Warner Christian Academy student body from grades Kindergarten through grade 12. South Daytona Interim

Police Chief, Gerald Monahan, South Daytona Police Captain Mark Cheatham, and South Daytona Fire Chief, David

Giles, and members of their teams will be joining this community walk, both as a show of support and to provide traffic

and safety services.

The parade will circle the Warner Christian Academy and Preschool campus at 1730 South Ridgewood Avenue, South

Daytona. The route will start at the Warner football field and will continue North along Segrave, will continue East on

Bellwood Avenue, turn South along Ridgewood using the White Chapel Church of God front parking lot, and then turn

West to the roadway that runs down the middle of the Warner campus.

As the participants walk, they will also be covering our community, its leaders, and its first responders in prayer. Linda

Hampton is hoping that this parade expands in the numbers of groups and individuals who participate.

For more information on the Love and Unity Parade, please contact Linda Hampton at lhampton@wcaeagles.org or 386-

767-5451 ext. 229. For more information on Warner Christian Preschool, visit www.warnerpreschool.org or Warner Christian Academy at www.wcaeagles.org.

Magic of Lights™ Holiday Display Returns to Daytona International Speedway

Magic of Lights™ Holiday Display Returns to Daytona International Speedway

  • One Carload, One Price to Enjoy Central Florida’s Newest Holiday Tradition Beginning Nov. 16

  • Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit the Florida Hospital Foundation

  • Officials Present $18,519 Check to Florida Hospital Foundation From Last Year’s Magic of Lights


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2018) – Magic of Lights, the popular drive-through holiday lights experience that made its debut at Daytona International Speedway last year, will return to the “World Center of Racing,” operating Nov. 16 through Jan. 1.

Guests will be able to enjoy spectacular displays, using the latest LED technology and digital animations, from the comfort of their vehicle. The experience will include a drive behind the Ticket and Tours Building, through the state-of-the-art motorsports facility and conclude in the Midway display area.

Among the new light displays for 2018 is Reindeer Crossing where Santa’s sled team jumps over guests’ vehicles, the 200-foot Candy Cane Lane and the Snowflake Forest.

Advance tickets are on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Take advantage of special pre-sale pricing of $17 for cars and $35 for oversized vehicles now through Nov. 1. After that, regular ticket prices include:

  • $20 per car in advance, $25 per car at the gate weekdays (Monday through Thursday), or $30 on weekends (Friday through Sunday).

  • Oversized vehicles such as limousines or vans for 15 passengers or more will be $40 per vehicle in advance, $45 per vehicle at the gate and $50 on weekend dates.

  • A special “Dash Pass” ticket that provides front-of-the-line admission on weekends will be available for $40 per car in advance, $45 per car at the gate. For oversized vehicles, the “Dash Pass” is available for $60 per vehicle in advance and $70 per vehicle at the gate.

  • Tour buses cannot be accommodated.

A portion of the proceeds from the Magic of Lights at Daytona International Speedway will benefit the Florida Hospital Foundation with funds designated to support Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center’s Pediatric Unit. Officials recently presented an $18,519 check to the Florida Hospital Foundation that was generated from last year’s Magic of Lights at Daytona International Speedway.

Magic of Lights is produced by a team of family entertainment professionals at FunGuys Events, each with decades of international show experience at the highest level.

Daytona International Speedway is among seven cities that will host the Magic of Lights displays this coming holiday season. Other iconic venues include Auto Club Speedway, Fontana California (Los Angeles); Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh New York (NYC); Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea Ohio (Cleveland); PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey; Castrol Raceway, Edmonton Alberta and Wesley Clover Parks, Ottawa Ontario.

For more information on Magic of Lights, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com and www.MagicOfLights.com.

56th Annual Halifax Art Festival

Daytona Beach, Florida, September 16, 2018- The 56th Halifax Art Festival, November 3 and 4, 2018, has risen in attendance and reputation to become one of the most prestigious festivals in the Central Florida area. It is the second oldest continual festival in Florida. It’s known for its elegance of venue staged on Daytona’s Historic Beach Street between the Riverfront Shops and the Halifax River.

This year, the Festival was voted “Best Outdoor Art Festival” by the readers of Daytona’s Hometown News and “Best Art Festival” by the readers of the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The Festival features a unique blend of fine arts, fine crafts, music, food, and fun attracting over 30,000 people each year from all over Florida and the United States. It’s free to the public with plenty of convenient free parking.

The Festival features juried local, regional, and national original works of art from over 250 artists offering affordable art work for the established as well as the beginning collector.

The Student Art Exhibit and Competition features art students from kindergarten through twelfth grade from the Volusia County public school system as well as area private schools. The student art will be on display during Festival hours. After Sunday’s Awards Ceremony, sponsored by The Wessel Foundation, the winning art will be available for viewing at Daytona’s Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, Florida, for one week.

Children, Pre-K to 5 years old, are invited to create their own masterpieces under the “Little Van Gogh” tent while friends and family watch. All art supplies free to each child.

Live music will be featured both Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of seating will be available in Riverfront Park to enjoy the music or a snack. Shoppers can choose from good, old-fashion festival food or the many fine bistros and restaurants along Beach Street.

The 56th Annual Halifax Art Festival is presented and produced by the Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Partnership with Bank of America and sponsored in part by Maserati Alfa Romeo of Daytona, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Spectrum Cable Networks, Southern Stone Radio/WLOV FM, Hometown News, Gage Publishing, The Helen Wessel Foundation, Halifax Area Advertising Authority, City of Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet Women’s Club, Hot Action Sportswear, Diana Minotti Fine Art, Zappi’s Italian Garden, Wine Me, Donnie’s Donuts, and Lamar Outdoor.
For information: www.HalifaxArtFestival.org

The Festival is the Guild’s major fundraiser for the Museum of Arts & Sciences and also benefits its Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. The Museum of Arts & Sciences is a designated 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization. Pursuant to Chapter 212, Florida Statues. Florida Registration #CH-1851.


This Event is a MUST SEE for Kids and Adults

Interactive Displays by
Science Centers, the U.S. Military, Museums,
Area Colleges, Universities and High Schools
National & Local Corporations


CASH PRIZES for STEM Competitions

Solar Car & Robot Battle competitions



SEPT 23rd:

8:00 am – 7:00 pm: Load-in & Set up

3:00 pm – 7:00: Special Event
Special reception for exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers,
registered students and special guests.

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Resume builder workshop
Dress to Impress Fashion Show

SEPT 24th:

9:00 am –2:00 pm: Open for K-12 Field Trips
2:00 pm – 7:00 : Open for the General Public

SEPT 25th:

9:00 am– 2:00 pm: Open for K-12 Field Trips
2:00 pm – 7:00: Open for the General Public


3917 LPGA Blvd,

Daytona Beach, FL 32124

Day for Kops and Kids - Edgewater Boys & Grils Club, Saturday 9/15/18

Day for Kops & Kids Scheduled for Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties

Naming Ceremony of Edgewater Club to Jeep Beach/Edgewater Club to take place
immediately following Day for Kops & Kids


DeLand, FL, September 10, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties is gearing up to celebrate its annual Day for Kops & Kids to highlight the critical needs of kids and teens in the community. Today, too many youth are facing serious issues that can deprive them of happy, healthy childhoods and in turn, negatively impact their futures. Local police officers will  be joining the Boys & Girls Clubs for a fun-filled day as a way to advocate for youth. 


In addition to Day for Kops & Kids, we will be having a celebration to rename the Edgewater Club as Jeep Beach/Edgewater Club.  Jeep Beach has been a tremendous supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties.  Over the past seven years, they have donated over $400,000 to Club operations and sponsored many of our events including the State Youth of the Year trip, Honor Roll Banquet, and our kids Christmas party.


This year’s Day for Kops & Kids and Jeep Beach/Edgewater Club naming will be enjoyed by over 200 Boys & Girls Club kids, their parents, friends, several local law enforcement agencies, and our friends from Jeep Beach. 


Where:  Edgewater Boys & Girls Club, 211 N. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, FL  32132

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm


“At Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, we change the opportunity equation for kids in our community, enabling them to achieve a great future,” says Joe Sullivan, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties. “Day for Kops & Kids is a fun way for not only adults to relive their childhood, but for kids to have fun and foster stronger relationships with caring mentors. Day for Kops & Kids is just one example of the amazing work we do each day to enable kids and teens to reach their full potential by staying on track to graduate, demonstrating good character and citizenship and practicing healthy lifestyles.”

Veteran Educator to Lead Flagler Palm Coast High School

Thursday morning Superintendent James Tager announced Bob Wallace as the next principal of Flagler Palm Coast High School. “Bob has a reputation for empowering teachers and staff and is one of the best in the profession,” says Superintendent Tager. “I’m confident Bob will continue the FPC reputation of building leaders within our District.”

Mr. Wallace spent 13 years as principal of Seabreeze High School in Ormond Beach, which was one of Volusia County’s strongest academically performing high schools. He retired in 2015 after spending 35 years in education. When asked about his newest challenge Mr. Wallace says “I look forward to the opportunity to maintain the standard of excellence that Mr. Sims has in place.”

Wallace earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1973. He was awarded a Masters in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1977. Additionally, he completed the Principal Certification program at Stetson University. He succeeds Dusty Sims, who leaves Flagler Schools for a position within the State Department of Education.

“This school year is off to a successful start and it was important to get an established, proven leader into Flagler Palm Coast High School, “ adds Supt. Tager. “I know Bob is going to hit the ground running and continue to grow the strong foundation which already exists on the FPC campus.”

Classroom Angels Back to School Supply Drive

Celebrate Summer’s End with

Classroom Angels Back to School Supply Drive

July 8 – August 3, 2018


Southern Stone Event Group is again hosting Classroom Angels - the community's Back to School Supply Drive July 8th through August 3rd.


School supply drop off locations are located citywide. The supplies compliment the backpacks distributed by the City of Daytona Beach's Mayor's Backpack Giveaway.

Supplies needed for these backpacks are pocket folders, 3 ring binders, loose leaf paper, notebooks and colored pencils.


Locations to drop these items off include Rue and Ziffra, Metro PCS, Southern Stone Communications (radio stations), the City of Daytona Beach (first floor), Politis and Matovina, Geico and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (see below). Approximately ten more locations will be added in the coming week. Call 386-944-7718 for all collection locations and further information.


Southern Stone Event Group thanks you in advance for helping kids in this community acquire the items they need to make the 2018-2019 school year the best one yet!


Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is collecting school supplies the entire month of July for this project through its volunteer group Shrimp Possibles.


The Mayor's Backpack Giveaway

Celebrate Summer’s End with

The Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway

July 7, 14, 28 and August 4, 12 2018


Daytona Beach, FL – June 26, 2017… The City of Daytona is offering four FREE Mayor’s Backpack Giveaways that will include school supplies, food, community and health information and more Saturday, July 7, Saturday, July 14, Saturday, July 28, and Saturday, August 4. The Mayor’s Backpack Giveaways are for Daytona Beach residents’ children ages 5 to 18.


July 7, 2018:   Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway #1 from 9 a.m. – noon (or until supplies

last) Sunnyland Recreation Center, 825 Washington Street


July 14, 2018: Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway #2 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (or until supplies

                        last) Schnebly Recreation Center – 1101 N. Atlantic Avenue


July 28, 2018: Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway #3 from 9 a.m. – noon (or until supplies last)

                        Yvonne Scarlet Golden Cultural & Educational Center, 1000 Vine Street 


Aug. 4, 2018:  Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway #4 from 9am to noon (or until supplies

                        last) Daisy Stocking Park – 550 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. (This         

                        event will move to The Dickerson Center if it rains, 308 S MLK Drive.)


“The Mayor’s Backpack Giveaways give local families items that will be used throughout the year at area schools, and it brings people together through their passion for education and a desire to make positive changes in their schools and communities,” said Mayor Derrick Henry. “We appreciate our community sponsors who help us make these events a success.”

The Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway is sponsored by the City of Daytona Beach, Southern Stone Event Group, WLOV Radio, WHOG Radio, HOT Radio, WNDB Radio, VIBE Radio, Coast Country Radio, Tijuana Flats, Rue & Ziffra, Florida Health Care Plans, Daytona International Speedway, Walmart, Healthy Schools, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Protechs, VyStar Credit Union, U-Stop, Kiwanis Club of Daytona Beach, MetroPCS, Target and Politis & Matovina.


Parent Magazine, which publishes editions in Flagler, St Johns and Volusia Counties, is being acquired by TouchPoint Innovative Solutions, Inc. formerly know as The Holley Group.  TouchPoint is a marketing and communications firm that provides communication solutions for community colleges, public school districts, associations and other non-profits. In Florida, TouchPoint publishes magazines for Pasco-Hernando State College, North Florida Community College and Daytona  Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Charlene (Charlie) Michaux who founded Parent Magazine in XXXX says, “We have built a strong brand over the last 10 years, Touchpoint has a history of managing quality publications and I know Parent will be in good hands.” Howard Holley, Chair and CEO of TouchPoint, is very enthusiastic about the acquisition. “Parent Magazine rounds out our portfolio of publications in Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties, it provides an attractive base to advertisers and expands our readership across households.”


Parent Magazine is distributed through elementary students to their parents and is the premier family magazine for Flagler, St Johns and Volusia Counties published 11 months a year. Parent Magazine works with experts to provide insight into the most important job in the world - parenting. Our solution-oriented articles address the issues parents face today. From discipline and child development, to education, safety concerns and fun, each issue is designed to be supportive of the difficult role we have….as parents. It is the first place parents’ look to for local events, opportunities, products, and services focused on parents.


The new editor of Parent Magazine will be Dr. Barbara Holley. Dr. Holley is a former elementary school principal in California, Connecticut and Virginia and has a passion about elementary education and parenting. Dr. Holley says, “Parents face so many pressures raising children today, our mission at Parent Magazine is to be a trusted resource in support of happy, healthy, community minded families.”


The City of Daytona’s Leisure Services are proud to present SUMMER READING KICKOFF

Daytona Beach, FL, June 13, 2018…Summer Reading Kickoff is this week at the Dickerson Community Center, Midtown Cultural & Educational Center and Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center and will continue through the 2018 summer.

Summer is no time to let your skills slide! More importantly, it is the best time to let your imagination take control and get lost in a good book. This week, the City of Daytona will begin a Summer Reading Kickoff with the installation of several Little Free Libraries (LFL) outside of recreational centers throughout the city. The concept behind the LFL is exactly as it sounds; bring a book, take a book. Read it and return it or read it and cherish it forever.

“As an educator, I see firsthand the importance of literacy for our youth,” stated Mayor Derrick Henry. “It is a crucial indicator of a student’s future success.  For all school-age youth, summer is no time to let reading skills slide! That’s why I support the new Little Free Libraries popping up outside of the city’s most popular community and recreation centers. It’s a valuable resource for all residents.”

These Little Free Libraries are a joint project between Agnes Ingram and Alycia Severson, instructors at Seabreeze High School. There was a grant from the Futures Foundation of Volusia County that provided the funding. Control of the libraries have been given to a Steward who keeps them full and looking good. The Steward for these libraries is Mr. Vincent Terry who works for the Cultural & Leisure Services department at the City of Daytona Beach.

With some help from the SHS Construction Department headed by Mr. Ray Grimmard, local carpenter John F. Eaton, and materials provided by local Motorcycle Club Daytona Beach Sunchasers, the Little Free Libraries were built. They were delivered to art teachers Amanda Roig at Westside Elementary and Toni Roberts at Palm Terrace Elementary. Their students painted the units with colorful, fun designs and messages.

Student Carmen Odio from Westside Elementary said she is excited to see the libraries in the park. She and several friends stayed after school to paint two of the libraries with their art teacher at Westside, Ms. Roig. On one side is a worm popping out of a book with the words “Be a Bookworm” painted beside it. The message is to encourage students and adults to read more as a leisure activity.

The nationwide registry of Little Free Libraries can be found at www.littlefreelibrary.com. The newest additions in Daytona Beach can be found there. Plans are to build pedestals for the LFLs at Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, the Dickerson Center and the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center. More libraries will be added over time.

If you want to donate books to keep these libraries full, please contact Mr. Vincent Terry at 386-671-5830. You may also take them to Seabreeze High School’s Main Office Monday thru Thursday from 8 AM to 2 PM throughout the summer.

It’s time to grab a book and let your imaginations soar!


BACKPACK BASH 2018 - JULY 28, 2018

PAYIT4WARD presents Backyard Bash 2018 on July 28, 2018 at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Help supply 1,000 Volusia County youth with school supplies this upcoming school year.

Accepting donations now - new backpacks, paper, pens, pencils, folders, notebooks, glue, crayons, markers, colored pencils, erasers, scissors and gift cards.

For more information or to donate online, go to www.payit4ward.xyz or call 386-588-9285.