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Ed White High School student Alexis Evans builds rubber-band helicopters with her classmates at the Communities In Schools of Jacksonville summer STEM camp.
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jul. 27, 201612:00 PM EST

Nonprofit news: Bank of America grant funds STEM camps for Communities In Schools students

by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded Communities In Schools of Jacksonville a $16,250 grant for the nonprofit’s summer STEM camps.

The annual camps give high school students the opportunity to improve their skills in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and explore career paths with local businesses specializing in those industries, including Medtronic, Eagle View Windows and the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

The number of STEM jobs across the country has jumped by 28 percent since 2000, compared to an increase of 6 percent for jobs overall, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The camps at Ed White and Terry Parker high schools featured group activities, such as building model bridges, engineering rubber-band helicopters and constructing roller coasters.

Bank of America’s financial support of the camps is part of the company’s Workforce Development & Education Grant program, which helps connect the unemployed, underemployed, veterans, youth and those with disabilities to employment and education opportunities.

Operating within schools since 1990, the Jacksonville affiliate of Communities In Schools serves more than 6,900 students in 37 schools with case management, mentoring, literacy and after-school initiatives.

For more information, visit

Scholarship honors two murdered sisters

The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation announced a new program scholarship, the Keshell and Keyonna Brown Memorial Scholarship.

The Browns were two of the 27 charter members of the foundation’s TnT (Tennis & Tutoring) program in Durkeeville.

Keyonna joined in third grade and continued through middle school, while Keshell started in second grade and stayed through high school.

The sisters were murdered, along with two young men, on Nov. 7, 2013, in Murray Hill. No arrests have been made.

A total of $10,000 was awarded to three students: Brittany Evans, a senior at Darnell Cookman Middle/High School of the Medical Arts; ShaTeria Davis, a sophomore at Paxon School for Advanced Studies; and Mauricia Brown, a freshman at William Raines High School.

The inaugural recipients will mentor a younger student in the TnT program during the 2016-17 school year.

The scholarship is for female students of the program in grades eight-11 who maintain a 3.0 GPA and have a community service component, which includes mentoring a younger student in the TnT program.

The scholarship is funded by the foundation.

New development director at Daniel

Daniel Kids named Julia Kalinski director of resource development.

Kalinski, a Daniel Kids employee since 2007, was director of health information management.

She now oversees volunteer management, special event fundraising and workplace campaigns, with a focus on increasing community and corporate participation and giving.

Daniel Kids is Florida’s oldest child-service nonprofit.

‘Human Race’ kickoff breakfast is Friday

The Human Race provides fundraising opportunities for area nonprofits, schools, civic and religious groups.

Learn more about those opportunities at the 2016 Human Race kick-off breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday in the Jessie Ball duPont Center at 40 E. Adams St.

The free breakfast will provide information about the event as well as marketing materials and tools to use the event to raise money.

Register for the breakfast at

Now in its ninth year, the 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk/run is Oct. 1 at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in North Jacksonville.

Registration will be open on race day from 7:15-8:15 a.m. The timed run will begin at 8:30 a.m.

‘Travel Tales’ theme for Pin Up Paws calendar

Clear Channel Outdoor donated a billboard to the St. Augustine Humane Society along Interstate 95 South, between Florida 16 and County Road 207.

The signage will promote the society’s sixth annual Pin Up Paws Calendar themed “Travel Tails,” which will feature local pets on vacation.

The annual photo contest fundraiser is for pet owners to submit pictures to compete for a spot in the 2017 calendar. Votes are $1 each. The Humane Society’s goal is to raise $18,000.

Billboard artwork and the Pin Up Paws calendar design were donated by local artist, Maribel Angel.

Businesses can sponsor printing costs by purchasing advertising in the calendar.

The calendar will feature the winning pets and an imaginary destination while the dog or cat is fitted with accessories to match their personalities.

For more information about the contest and sponsorships, call (904) 829-2737 or email [email protected]. Visit the website at



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