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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 4 weeks ago

Ormond Beach's Hometown Heroes program applications now open for next year

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Applications and renewals to participate in next year's Hometown Heroes city program are now available online.

Ormond Beach's military appreciation banner program is designed to honor and pay tribute to local military heroes for their service in the U.S. Armed Forces. The program allows residents to honor family members that are currently in active service or those who have been honorably discharged or died in the line of duty from any branch. The city will display their photograph on street-pole banners across the Granada bridge.

There is no cost to apply. All honorees selected will also receive a replica keepsake for themselves or their family. Submit the application to: City of Ormond Beach Hometown Heroes Military Banner Program at the Leisure Services Administration Office, located at 399 North US 1, Ormond Beach, or email the application to [email protected]

Visit ormondbeach.org/925/Hometown-Heroes for online application and more information.

DAR holding student essay contest

The Capt. James Ormond Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has opened a writing contest for students in fifth through eight grade.

Essays should be entitled, "The Voyage of the Mayflower," and be written from the perspective of a passenger setting sail for America in 1620. Create your story of why you were going and what materials were available at the time. 

Students in high school are also invited to write an essay entitled, "A Sailor's Experience as Part of Christopher Columbus' First Expedition to the Americas." This essay should be about the five months you spent as a sailor accompanying Christopher Columbus on his first expedition in August of 1492. You have now returned to Spain . and you will talk about your experiences on the voyage, detailing the places and people that you encountered.

Last day to submit essays is Nov. 22. Contact the chapter's American History Chair Karen Knowles at [email protected] for more information.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in need of funding

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Volusia/Flagler Counties is seeking the community's help to fund the upcoming year to keep the program going.

For almost a decade, DPIL has been fostering early literacy to more than 3,900 local children up to 5 years old by mailing them one free book each month. The program serves all of Flagler County. In Volusia, it serves Daytona Beach, DeLand, Holly Hill, Lake Helen, Ormond Beach, Pierson, Port Orange and South Daytona.

DPIL will begin a social media campaign via its Facebook pages from Nov. 15-Dec. 20 with the goal of gaining 100 new donors in 30 days. The public is encouraged to set up monthly recurring donations. Two children can be supported for one year for $5 a month.

DPIL was started in 1995 by Dolly Parton, whose vision to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and families led her to create the organization. The program has since expanded country-wide and now reaches more than 1 million children.

To learn more about supporting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Volusia/Flagler, community members are encouraged to contact Allison Miller of the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia or mail donations to the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia, Attn: DPIL, 135 Executive Circle Suite 100 Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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