Friday, June 6, 2014


Have a fantastic summer! We will miss you, the best part of education, while you are gone! Make sure you read a lot, rest a lot, and give us a call if you have any questions. 

There will be a summer counselor here - Ms. Tammy Ruffian can be reached at 693-7620, extension 1141. 

Summer Fun!

City of Jacksonville offers summer fun for students
- June 05, 2014

JaxParks will provide supervised recreational activities at 10 parks near 37 Duval County Public Schools this summer. Each park will be staffed by a coach or recreation leader and a high school or college student on summer break. The parks will provide recreation and sports equipment for park visitors to use. The 10 parks each are within one mile of two or more of the 37 schools. Click here for more information about the program.

Carvill Park & Pool

• AP Randolph Technical Academy
• St. Clair Evans Academy
• Norwood Elementary
• Lake Forest Elementary

Charles (Boobie) Clark Park & Pool

• Rufus E. Payne Elementary
• S.A. Hull Elementary
• Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary

Grunthal Park

• Eugene Butler Middle
• S.P. Livingston Elementary
• Mt. Herman Exceptional Center
• James Weldon Johnson Middle
• Stanton College Prep
• Susie Tolbert Elementary
• RV Daniels Elementary

Pine Forest Park (aka Henry T. Jones Park)

• Pine Forest Elementary
• Hendricks Ave. Elementary

Johnnie Walker Park

• James Weldon Johnson Middle
• Susie Tolbert Elementary
• RV Daniels Elementary
• Grand Park Elementary
• George W. Carver Elementary
• LaVilla School of the Arts Middle
• John E. Ford Elementary
• Mattie V. Rutherford Alternative
• Darnell Cookman Middle
• Mt. Herman Exceptional Center
• Kirby-Smith Middle
• Andrew Robinson Elementary
• Stanton College Prep

Panama Park

• North Shore Elementary
• Lola M. Culver Elementary

Scott Park

• Grand Park
• George W. Carver Elementary
• Northwestern Middle
• Carter G. Woodson Elementary
• Raines Senior High

Tallulah Park

• North Shore Elementary
• Norwood Elementary
• Lola M. Culver Elementary
• Lake Forest Elementary

Willowbranch Park

• Robert E. Lee High
• West Riverside Elementary
• Central Riverside Elementary

Woodstock Park

• Pinedale Elementary
• Annie E. Morgan Elementary
• Paxon Middle
• Paxon High School

Kids' Day at RAM this Saturday!

Join Riverside Arts Market and in celebrating being a kid! RAM is always full of kid-friendly entertainment and activities such as our Children’s Creativity Corner, balloon artists and face painters, but what better time to ramp things up than the start of summer vacation and the day before National Children’s Day (Sunday, June 8th). Entertainment will be geared towards kids - making sure there’s plenty for them to do. Special booth spaces will be occupied by local businesses and organizations of interest to families with children.

RSVP to our Facebook event and share with your friends!

- Kids' Day Special Vendors -
Airtat Bodyart
Amerilife Health Services of North Florida
Bean Tree Pediatric Dentistry
Best Friends Animal Society
CHILD Cancer Fund
Cutie Bootie Diaper Service
Daniel Kids
Duval County Public Schools / Parent Academy
Florida Brain Core
Girls Scouts of Gateway Council
Guitar Center, Inc.
ICAN of North Florida
Jacksonville Science Festival
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Little Barrels of Fun LLC
Maximized Living
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
New York Life
Rebounderz Jacksonville
School Aids
Seaside Community Charter School
St. Mark's Episcopal Day School
Swimming Safari Swim School
The Green Law Firm of Jacksonville
The Growing Tree
The Marketing Arm - State Farm
The Performers Academy
The Venus School, Inc.
Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency
United Way Reading Pals
Yes You Canvas!

 Click here for a full list of Saturday's vendors!
Book Exchange: The United Way of Northeast Florida will be in attendance promoting ReadingPals! How can you get involved? Bring at least 2 children's books to the United Way booth, one to donate and one to swap for a different book. This is open to all kids on Saturday!

Child I.D. Cards: Visit the New York Life booth on Kids' Day for child I.D. cards. New York Life will be providing this free service to families attending RAM on Saturday. The I.D. cards include: child's photo, digital fingerprints, and other vital information.


River Stage
10:30am - 11:15am - Meredith Rae (Kids Folk & Pop)
11:45am - 12:45pm -  Dalton Cyr (13-Year-Old Singer/Songwriter)

1:15pm - 2:15pm -  "Mrs. Kate" Carpenter (Family Friendly Tunes)
2:45pm - 3:30pm - The Performers Academy (Youth Performance)
Click here for more about Saturday's River Stage performers.

On the Roundhouse Stage
10:30am - 3:00pm - Athlete Development Center -
Life Like a Super Hero and Paint a Platform Project

On the Hilltop Stage
10:30am - 1:30pm - Matt Durham
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Chase Schallen

On the Crossroads Stage
10:30am - 3:00pm - Gyminators

Children's Creativity Corner
Discovery House

Throughout the Market
Tarot Readings
Massage Therapists
Saxophone Bob
Balloon Artists
Call for Performers and Children's Creativity Corner

We're always looking for entertainers who are interested in performing on our second stages throughout the Market. If you are a musician, magician, juggler, dancer, or other variety of performer, check out our website for more information and for an application.

Our Children's Creativity Corner features hands-on activities targeting children under the age of ten. Previous activities have included music instruction, craft projects, and storytellers. If your non-profit or local business is interested in helping with the Children's Creativity Corner, please email our Operations Manager, Amy Saltmarsh
Morning Yoga

Morning Yoga at RAM is held on Saturday from 9am-10am at the River Stage.

Featuring rotating instructors, this class is a donations only class suitable for all skill levels.

Check out the Morning Yoga at RAM Facebook page for more info!
Support RAM
As a non-profit organization, the Riverside Arts Market relies on the support of our community. Learn more about how your business can gain exposure through sponsorships!
Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


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HandsOn Jacksonville are in need of volunteers to work concessions for 3 big events in June.  
 Join them to assist at the air-conditioned concession stand in the Bud Zone at Everbank Field.

The following opportunities are available:

USA vs Nigeria Soccer Game, Saturday, June 7, 2:30 - 8:00 p.m.

The Country Music Superfest, Saturday June 14, 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Country Music Superfest - Day 2, Sunday, June 15, 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Volunteers will serve food and beverages at the game. 16 and up are welcome however anyone handling alcohol must be over 21. Volunteers will park at the Courthouse on Adams St. Volunteers must wear neat black slacks only, no jeans, shorts or skirts. Closed toed black shoes that are slip resistant are required with black socks. Volunteers who fail to abide by the dress code will be sent home.
Shirt and hat will be provided on site and should be returned at the end of your shift.

You will receive more details after you register for a project. Please email if you have any additional questions.  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


House Bill 851 was recently passed.
This law will grant in-state tuition to all students regardless of immigration status. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BLOCK PARTY for parents & teachers - May 31 - CareerTech Grand Opening


1. MCO Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: May 15, 2014)
Student Eligibility:
A) Be attending college or university no later than December of 2014.
B) Be attending college or university on a full-time basis by December of 2014.
C) Submit an answer to the essay question no later than 11:59 PM EST on May 15, 2014.
Applications can be found by going to:

2. Odenza Vacations Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 1, 2014)
Student Eligibility:
A) Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1st, 2014
B) Submit an answer to the essay question, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 1st, 2014 deadline.
Applications can be found by going to:

3. Global Lift Equipment Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 15, 2014)
Student Eligibility:
A) Be currently attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution in Canada or the US by September of 2014.
B) Submit a short story. Detailed instructions can be found on the application page.
C) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
Applications can be found by going to:

Big Sun Athletics Scholarship: deadline June 20

The scholarship for the BigSun Organization has a deadline of June 20, 2014.

We are proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits.  The successful applicant will be currently involved in athletics in some capacity, either for their school or for their community. 

Amount of Award  -  $500.00

Please visit our website at to learn how to apply.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards - apply by Sept. 15th, Juniors!

Rising Latino high school seniors (graduating in 2015) across America can apply to the Youth Awards program presented for the 16th year by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF). The 2014 Youth Awards application is available on our website at or by clicking on the following link:,all supplemental material must be postmarked no later than Monday, September 15th, 2014.

To participate in the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards you must be:
·      A current high school rising senior, graduating in the Spring of 2015
·      Planning to enroll in college in 2015-2016
·      A citizen or permanent resident of the US
·     Of Hispanic/Latino descent (at least one parent)
·     Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or 7.5 (on a 10.0 scale)
·     Willing to travel at own cost to the awards ceremony in your selected region.
Regional ceremony attendance is absolutely mandatory for students who are selected.
Recipients are selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, and for their focus on various categories. Recipients are awarded up to $3,000 in educational grants to be used for their college education or to fund a community service effort. In each of the 10 regions, three students will be honored in various categories including those listed below.  The regions include: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington, DC.  Students from across the USA can apply in the region nearest to their area of residence in an effort to ensure all Latino students have an opportunity for the Youth Awards. If selected, the students only have to attend the awards event to receive their award.
The 2014 Youth Awards categories are:
·         Business & Entrepreneurship – Presented by BBVA Compass
·         Education - Presented by Southwest Airlines 
·         Engineering & Mathematics - Presented by ExxonMobil
·         Healthcare Science - Presented by CVS Caremark Workforce Initiatives
·         Innovation & Technology – Presented by The Entertainment Software Association
Students are also encouraged to join our Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Network. LOFT is a leadership and workforce development program which connects emerging Latinos to each other, to experts, to resources, to platforms, and career paths in STEM fields, business and finance, education and other fields.  Join the LOFT Network
Please feel free to contact us at or 202-861-9797 with any questions.