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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jun. 8, 2020 1 month ago

Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler encourage young people to speak up

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia/ Flagler Counties continue to advocate for youths, stating in a press release that they are encouraging "young people to harness the power of their voice" and that they believe it is critical to speak up and take action.

"As a nation, we can, and must, demand change to support black people and anyone who faces systemic prejudices," the press release states. "Together, we must listen and take action to ensure the future is great for the millions of kids that are counting on us."

Clubs will be reopening on June 15 in a limited capacity per the CDC's recommendations. The Clubs are also looking at ways to listen and facilitate change. They ask children, parents, communities, volunteers and staff members weigh in on what they believe the Boys and Girls Clubs should be doing. 

Ormond resident makes the dean's list

An Ormond Beach resident was recently added to the dean's list at Shorter University, a private Christian liberal arts school in Rome, Georgia.

The student is Kelly Bryl, who is majoring in sport management, according to an announcement by the university. To be placed on the dean's list, students must have been enrolled full-time and earned at least a 3.5 GPA for the term. 

Shell find in Ormond-by-the-Sea

Danielle Robinson found this argonaut nautilus shell in Ormond-by-the-Sea. Courtesy photo

A reader recently shared with the Ormond Beach Observer a photo of one her beach finds: an argonaut nautilus shell.

Danielle Robinson found the shell near San Jose Drive in Ormond-by-Sea on Sunday, June 7. According to an article by National Geographic, the argonaut octopus, also known as paper nautiluses, females use the shells to lay their eggs, as the species spend their lives drifting in the water rather than the ocean floor. 

The article also states the shell acts as a "ballast tank," allowing it to bob in the water without using energy. The females measure over 15 inches long and males are less than an inch long.

Church collecting donations for Family Renew

Tomoka United Methodist Church, located at 1000 Old Tomoka Road, is accepting donations of food, diapers, toilet paper and coloring books for children, to go to Family Renew Community, every Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.

The biggest needs are for non-perishable food, basic hygiene items such as shampoo and soap, and things for children. No clothing items are currently being accepted. Call 615-0800 for more information.

 

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