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Ormond Beach Fire donates to aid Halifax Urban Ministries fundraiser

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

In preparation for the Epic Ride at Gold's Gym in Daytona on Saturday, Sept. 26, the Ormond Beach Fire Department to the fundraiser, which benefits Halifax Urban Ministries. 

Publix at Latitude Landing donated water and snacks for the participating riders of Gold's Gym's Epic Ride fundraiser. Courtesy photo

Publix at Latitude Landing donated water and snacks for the participating riders. Six instructors from Gold's Gym in Ormond and Daytona also donated their time to help motivate participants.

Teacher receives award from education foundations

Volusia County Schools 2021 Teacher of the Year Josie Stumpf received $1,000 from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations and Florida Power and Light  Company on Sept. 21 for her strong student engagement strategies and efforts to expand learning opportunities for her students.

Stumpf, a fifth grade teacher at Holly Hill School, was chosen from 67 countywide Teacher of the Year  honorees as the Consortium's annual "Invested in Excellence" recipient for exemplary dedication to her students, according to a press release. The award was sponsored by FPL. Stumpf has 17 years in education.

Teacher of the YearJosie Stumpf and Cynthia Ramirez, executive director of FUTURES Foundation. Courtesy photo

“We sponsor this award with our business partner FPL to annually celebrate a local district teacher of the year who has a consistent focus on excellence in their classroom, including facilitating over-and-above resources and experiences for their students,” said Mary Chance, president of the Consortium, in the press release.

The Consortium represents Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations, including the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools. Collectively, they raise more than $80 million annually.

Upcoming golf tournament

The Guild of the Museum of Arts and Sciences and American Auto and Tire Service will present the 10th-annual Children's Museum Golf Classic on Friday, Oct. 16, at The Club at Venetian Bay, located at. 65 N. Airport Road in New Smyrna Beach. 

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and golfers will tee off at 9 a.m. The format of the tournament is a four-player scramble, a press release states. This year, a four-day trip for two to Pebble Beach resort, including airfare, has been added to the tournament's hole-in-one contest. The tournament will be followed by a luncheon and award presentations. 

The guild will adhere to CDC guidelines for the event, according to the press release. For more information, contact George Fortuna at 443-831-5597 or at [email protected]

ERAU scholarship recipient

GeQuan Thompson, a Seabreeze High School alumnus, is one of 13 high school graduates that are receiving a scholarship from The Boeing Company, ranging from $5,000 to $7,500 annually for two years to pursue a degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, according to a press release.

The initiative is geared toward students interested in pursuing degrees in aeronautical science, aircraft maintenance and other fields at ERAU. This is the second year of the scholarship program. Some criteria for being chosen include exceptional academic achievement, being a member of an underrepresented population and financial need. 

“The Boeing Scholarship Program at Embry-Riddle will allow talented, underrepresented students, veterans and their dependents to earn degrees in aviation and embark on successful careers,” said Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler in the press release. “It is an honor to partner with Boeing to diversify the industry and enhance our aviation workforce.”

Genealogical Society to meet virtually

The Halifax Genealogical Society will host a webinar meeting an program at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, where Miles Meyer will present “Hometown Newspapers.

Learn how to explore major and minor newspaper databases whose local and society stories, as well as marriage and death notices, add context to your ancestors. For free guest registration, please send your request to [email protected].

DAR Writing contest open

The annual writing contest for the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is now open. 

The topic for the 2020-2021 contest is "The Boston Massacre," and the student is to imagine they are living in Boston and, after witnessing the event, describe their families' discussions and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British King and Parliament. The contest is open to any student in fifth-eight grade, and entries are due Nov. 20. 

Contact Karen Knowles of the Capt. James Ormond Chapter NSDAR for more information at [email protected]

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