June Community News

By on May 26, 2011

KIDS MEET THE WILD!

Florida Wildlife Kids is a non profit organization that raises awareness of nature deficit disorder and connects kids and families with nature nurturing their spirits and minds by exposing them to diverse eco systems and encouraging them to develop concern, admiration, and respect for their environments. There are many great places and activities in Florida but where does one begin? Where do our schools, organizations, and families find the time or resources to connect with nature in our different eviroments? This is where Florida Wildlife Kids comes in. By partnering with community leaders, organizations, and local businesses they will facilitate educational wildlife shows, fund raisers, special events, private & group tours, school field trips, hikes, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, camping, & more. For more information call 786-363-2009 or e-mail andy@floridawildlifekids.org

“LIVING IN CORAL SPRINGS HAS BEEN SO GOOD FOR THIS SCOTSMAN”

In the evenings he’s a night Head Custodian at Sawgrass Springs Middle School in Coral Springs but during the day he’s a published illustrator. Thirty-six year old Joseph Gormley, originally from Larbert/Falkirk, Scotland has lived in Coral Springs with his American wife, Erin since 2003. The book, Doctor Nenyai Monyay & his Amazing Koala Bag is about a well traveled children’s doctor and his unique bag, “Kip”, which is filled with talking helpful medical instruments and tools discovered from all parts of the world. The book written by Sanita Virdee, also a Coral Springs resident, is designed for parents to read to their young children in hope of reducing fear of doctors and having fun while learning about the warm and whimsical world of Doctor Nenyai (NENYAY) Monyay and his helping friends. Gormley who is excited about his new fortunes hopes to show the kids at Sawgrass Springs Middle School “you only need to say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ to get amazing chances in life.”

“The neat thing for me is it has a Library of Congress number in the States and I am very proud of making my mark over here as a Scotsman,” says the proud Coral Springs resident. Virdee & Gormley will be signing copies of the book June 1st at the Coral Springs Barnes & Noble then they are heading to New York City, for the first time, to promote the book at one of the the leading events in North American publishing, the BookExpo America. www.doctornenyaimonyay.com

KIDS MEET THE WILD!

Florida Wildlife Kids is a non profit organization that raises awareness of nature deficit disorder and connects kids and families with nature nurturing their spirits and minds by exposing them to diverse eco systems and encouraging them to develop concern, admiration, and respect for their environments. There are many great places and activities in Florida but where does one begin? Where do our schools, organizations, and families find the time or resources to connect with nature in our different eviroments? This is where Florida Wildlife Kids comes in. By partnering with community leaders, organizations, and local businesses they will facilitate educational wildlife shows, fund raisers, special events, private & group tours, school field trips, hikes, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, camping, & more. For more information call 786-363-2009 or e-mail andy@floridawildlifekids.org

SAWGRASS SPRINGS STUDENTS BAKE FOR NATURE

Francesca Ammirata & Jessica Numeriano, students at Sawgrass Springs Middle School in Coral Springs, hosted a bake sale at the school to benefit The Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital. For a “Pay It Forward Project,” the girls baked brownies & cookies to sell to other students earning $70, which they donated to the SNC. Sawgrass Springs Middle School and the SNC are neighbors. SNC had assisted Sawgrass Springs Middle School in creating a Gopher Tortoise Preserve on the school campus and runs programs there. In turn, SSMS students often help out at Nature Center events. 954-752-WILD. www.sawgrassnaturecenter.org

IT’S SKATETIME AT SCHOOL!

Since the beginning of May students at Pinecrest Academy Charter School South campus have been participating in an in-house skating program. This skating unit is being implemented because of it’s emphasis as a “Lifetime Activity.” Skating provides a variety of benefits, which include balance, coordination, motor skills, and is a top rated cardiovascular workout. Any school that wishes to implement this program into their curriculum can contact Bob Scott with Skatetime School Programs at 321-622-5950 or bobscott@skatetime.com. Physical Education teacher Wendy Love has had great success instituting the program. “My students are learning how to skate and look forward to each Physical Education class!” Children must sign a waiver and pay $5.00 for five skating lessons. Skatetime delivers the skates and safety equipment along with lesson plans and ideas to get your kids rolling.

Says Love, “I would recommend this to any Physical Education teacher. I have converted my indoor gym into a skating center with disco balls which were made by our Art club members, added a few strobe lights & music and my students are getting to experience what it feels like to skate in an actual roller rink.”

FREE VISION SCREENINGS & FOLLOW UP CARE

The Miami-Dade Public Library System and Davis Vision’s Focus on America® program will be offering free vision care for children ages 5–17 from Thursday, June 9–Saturday, June 11 at four convenient branch locations. Screenings are available for children who have little or no vision insurance. Children must be accompanied by a parent in order to get screened. If the screening indicates that a child needs further care, he or she will be provided with a voucher for free follow-up services including a comprehensive eye exam and eyeglasses (if needed). The voucher must be presented at Visionworks to receive follow-up services. 305-751-8687.

  • Thursday, June 9, 3–7pm – So Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 St. 305-233-8140
  • Friday, June 10, noon–4 pm – Homestead Library, 700 N. Homestead Blvd. 305-246-0168
  • Saturday, June 11, 10am–1pm – Lemon City Library, 430 NE 61 St. 305-757-0662
  • Saturday, June 11, 2 – 5pm. – No Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183 St. Miami. 305-625-6424

MIAMI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OFFERS URGENT CARE WAIT TIMES TO PARENTS THROUGH TEXT MESSAGING

Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH), the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children, is enhancing the pediatric urgent care experience by letting parents know how long they will need to wait for an urgent care practitioner to see their child during a minor injury or illness. MCH has launched a text messaging tool in which parents can text MCH to 437411 from their cell phones to receive up-to-the-minute wait times for all four MCH urgent care facilities, located in Palmetto Bay, West Kendall, Doral and Weston. This texting feature empowers parents with the information they need to make an immediate decision about their child’s care. The urgent care wait time that is communicated via text message represents a four-hour rolling average updated every five minutes. Messaging and data rates may apply. Miami Children’s Urgent Care Centers are not intended for emergencies, but are appropriate for minor, non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries for children up to 21 years of age requiring immediate medical attention after-hours. www.mch.com

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