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 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 or call 386-588-9285.