Community Briefs 10/25/18

Clay Tiday
Posted 10/24/18

Foundation accepting applications for leadership programs FLEMING ISLAND – The Paul E. and Klare N. Reinhold Foundation Inc. is accepting applications for its 2019 Nonprofit Leadership …

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Community Briefs 10/25/18


Foundation accepting applications for leadership programs

FLEMING ISLAND – The Paul E. and Klare N. Reinhold Foundation Inc. is accepting applications for its 2019 Nonprofit Leadership Development and Capacity Building Training Programs, which begin in January.

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides services to Clay County residents is eligible to apply. The application deadline is Nov. 14 and the application is online at

The programs include workshops on nonprofit management, fundraising fundamentals, marketing and social media, volunteer management, donor relations, and leadership transitions, all of which are designed to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Clay County by empowering nonprofits leaders.

The Reinhold Foundation pays for the training and also offers cash graduation awards to eligible organizations that complete the programs, which are taught by Rollins College Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. All classes are held in Clay County and are scheduled January through March.

For more information contact Amy Parker, executive director, at (904) 269-5857 extension 404, or

Get your ‘Jingle Bell’ on at Seamark

PENNEY FARMS – Dog lovers, here’s your chance to help a nonprofit that helps foster children grow and thrive, while enjoying a scenic walk in Clay County.

On Dec. 8, take your pup on an adventure around Seamark Ranch at the inaugural Jingle Bell Dog Walk. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the walk at 9 a.m.

The walk will take place at Seamark Ranch at 3631 Seamark Ranch Rd., off State Road 16 West near Penney Farms.

Registration is $25 per walker, $15 per walker ages 5-17, $20 per walker in teams of 4 or more in which all team members pledge to raise at least $20.

A free t-shirt will be given to any participants that raise $50 or more.

Seamark is also looking for sponsors of all levels, beginning with, aptly named, the Top Dog, which is $5,000, on down to the Chihuahua for $250.

For more information, email

Fundraiser for Operation Barnabas

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Musical groups from five Keystone Heights churches come together this weekend to raise money for a nonprofit that helps military veterans and first responders who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A “Love Offering” will be taken for Operation Barnabas, which was founded by a former combat veteran to help those who have PTSD.

This night of praise is Oct. 26 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Friendship Bible Church at 1155 Orchid Ave. in Keystone Heights. The concert will be held on the church’s recreation field.

Musical guests include Keystone United Methodist Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Community Church of Keystone Heights, Friendship Bible Church and the band Unmasked.

Enjoy the ‘Celebration of Giving’

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Women’s Fellowship of Keystone Heights Presbyterian Church is raising money for three local charities in November.

Its Annual “Celebration of Giving” will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to Answers, Lake Area Ministries & Lemuel from its event scheduled for Nov. 10 from 5-7 p.m. The church is located at 4002 SE State Rd. 21.

Organizers promised “a lovely evening full of rustic charm.”

Guests can enjoy a chili & potato bar and dessert buffet and bid on gift baskets and items donated by local businesses. There will also be handcrafted items for sale. Tickets are $5 and $20 max per family.

This year’s event promises to offer family fun as it will be held outdoors under strings of market lights in the KHPC pavilion. Guests can enjoy everything from rustic mason jars to vintage chandeliers, large furniture pieces and lots of fall colors, as well as the life-sized Jenga, tic-tac-toe, ring toss and more. Purchase tickets in advance at or at the door.

Private school adds new faculty

ORANGE PARK – Seven Bridges School recently expanded its faculty by welcoming four new teachers for the 2018-19 academic year. The faculty members, who arrived on campus in mid-August for training and meetings before the start of the new school year, will be teaching in the lower division classes and in the foreign language department.

With more than 15 years’ experience as an educator, Patricia Fisher joined the lower division faculty as a Third/Fourth Grade teacher. She is a returning alumni teacher at Seven Bridges School.

“Our job as teachers is to help children in any way we can to develop their full potential. Every child has the capacity to learn. Each child comes with his or her unique learning style. Given the opportunity to develop, they will succeed,” Fisher said.

Also joining the lower division is Kendra P. Slinker, who has been teaching for over 15 years. She will teach a K-2 grade class.

“Learning is a personal journey that is realized in a safe environment free from stress and anxiety. In short, my philosophy of teaching is through equal amounts of love and logic. With these two in abundance, students will achieve their maximum potential,” Slinker said.

Michael Joseph Rivas also joined the lower division as a Fifth/Sixth grade teacher. Rivas believes an educator is always learning. He has taught for six years, and frequently researches modern techniques and projects to incorporate into the classroom.

Allen “Kurt” McCall joined the faculty to teach classes in lower and upper divisions in drama, humanities, speech, music and physical education.

“My goal at Seven Bridges School is to teach the whole individual, i.e., the cognitive, the physical, and behavioral dimensions of each individual,” McCall said.

The Foreign Language Department welcomes Wanda Rodriguez, as the new Spanish teacher. She previously worked as an English teacher for Our Lady of Carmel Catholic School in Maryland, in addition she is a Title One Resource and Collaborative teacher for LD Students.

“Teaching is the highway that leads to success, and I am honored to help build that road for my students at Seven Bridges School,” Rodriguez said.

Scott A. Mulcahy joined the Math Department in the upper division and teaches algebra, geometry/advanced topics, seventh and eighth grade math. He brings with him over 30 years of experience working in the fields health care and education.

“Teaching is a collaborative process. It’s also a fluid and everchanging process. No single strategy works in every situation. The journey of sharing information with growing minds requires constant assessment of the situation, the student, and ones’ self, to assure the leaners’ needs are met in the most beneficial way,” Mulcahy said.

Seven Bridges is located at 402 Loring Ave. in Orange Park.


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