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Flagler students create prosthetics for 2 more dogs

Elsa, a 3-year-old snow white German shepherd, would often whine when she saw the other dog in her household running and playing.  A birth defect left her with only three complete limbs; her left front leg was pawless. The best she could do was limp.

But that may soon change for Elsa and another canine, thanks to students in an integrated anatomy/physiology and drawing II class at i3 New Tech Academy in Palm Coast.

The students have been working all year on designing and creating prosthetic limbs for the two dogs.

“If we can get her in the game, that would be great,” Parrish said.

[Source Daytona Beach News Journal]

Sunshine State Scholar and Alternate Announced

Sunshine State Scholar for 2016-2017: Augusto “Trey” de Leon is a Junior in the International Baccalaureate program at Flagler Palm Coast High School. 

Sunshine State Scholar Alternate for 2016-2017: Hannah Wisniewski is a Junior at Matanzas High School.

Augusto “Trey” de Leon & Hannah Wisniewski

Coastal Cloud Achieves Platinum Consulting Partner Status with Salesforce

Northeast Florida-based Coastal Cloud, a business and technology consulting leader that focuses on mid-sized businesses, nonprofits and state & local entities throughout North America, announced its recent advancement to Platinum Consulting Partner with Salesforce.

“This is a significant testament to our team’s hard work. We strive to provide our clients the best solutions and services possible and this achievement validates our progress,” said Sara Hale, co-owner of Coastal Cloud.

Coastal Cloud, the only woman-owned Platinum partner, reaches the top 5-percent of all global Salesforce consulting partners with recent Platinum status designation.

Flagler students lobby for street lights, sidewalks

Four students representing the newly formed Matanzas High School Safety Committee attended the Palm Coast City Council’s April 4 meeting to formally request additional street lighting, sidewalks and bike paths.

“We wanted to emphasize the urgency,” said senior Michael Delgado. “We wanted them to know how much of a big deal this was.”

After two classmates were killed barely two months apart in traffic accidents on city streets — one after dark — a group of Matanzas High School students are taking action.

Flagler County Fire Rescue team honored by Flagler Humane Society

The brave Flagler County Fire Rescue officers that saved injured dogs Ashley & Harley during the Bunnell wildfires were honored by the Flagler Humane Society along with the brave staff of Flagler Animal Hospital who have been overseeing the pair's recovery.

Two of the five dogs suffered third-degree burns. One of them, a 120-pound Great Dane, had dug itself a deep hole to try to escape the blaze.

FPC honors successful artists

Photojournalist Shanna Fortier, cinematographer Matt Katsolis and painter Patrick Macxy were inducted into the FPC Fine Arts Hall of Fame during the March 28 ceremony in Flagler Auditorium. They are the second group to have their names displayed on a plaque at the school, joining Christina Katsolis, A.J. Neste and Sean Palmer, the hall’s inaugural class.

Three FPC alumni were honored recently for their successful pursuit of artistic careers.

Classrooms to Careers initiative gives Flagler students a leg up in workforce

Some 8,100 students now take part in Flagler's Flagship Choice Programs on any of the district's campuses, offering everything from agriculture to robotics, to health sciences and fire/emergency training. Much of the support for the initiative comes from the Flagler County Education Foundation, which in 2015-16 contributed $43,758 to the program.

Now in their third official year, flagship programs provide career exploration for K-12 schoolchildren in the district.

World Record Holders Reside at Wadsworth

Thanks to Palm Coast-based Quibits, the students had a world record in mind. They were going after the “Tallest Freestanding Tower Consisting of Construction Toy Pieces.” I know, rolls off the tongue, right?

On March 2nd, the students of the STEM Academy at Wadsworth Elementary School, under the direction of their teacher Martin Evans began building a tower. But it wasn’t just ANY tower.

Flagler 4-H puts youth on path to success

The investment of volunteer time and talent into the 4-H youth provides the youth with opportunity for development of knowledge and skills in STEM, citizenship and leadership, and workforce preparation that will last a lifetime.

Opportunities for youth that supplement formal education, enhance life skills, encourage healthy living and prepare youth for tomorrow’s workforce have been assessed as priorities in 4-H Youth Development programming.

Foster children learn about surfing.

About 300 children in Orange and Volusia counties have participated in the local Urban Surf 4 Kids chapter's events on the beach here and at the Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Conroy said.

“A lot of these kids suffer with a lack of self confidence, and it can be built through giving back,” said Stewart.

Flagler begins post-Matthew Clean Up

Flagler is proud of it's amazing citizens who have been working each weekend to get our beautiful beaches cleaned up!

We are #FlaglerStrong

Toy sparks imaginations of Flagler County STEM students

Last week, the Burgingers gave a presentation on their invention to 22 students in the Flagler County STEM Academy at Wadsworth Elementary School. The couple guided the students through the process of turning an idea into a viable product, getting financial backing, manufacturing, and other business information.

Inventors of an open-ended construction toy visited a Flagler County school recently to speak to students about their creation.

iFlagler Virtual School Named Best in Florida

For a growing number of students in Flagler Schools, the traditional classroom setting may not meet all of their needs. Fortunately for them, there’s iFlagler which is the school district’s virtual school. This week, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) named iFlagler the “Small District Franchise of the Year.”

iFlagler was established 6 years ago and since then has grown in popularity.

Dune Project Finalist for 25k

Buddy Taylor Middle School in Palm COast has been named one of the ten finalists in a national environmental initiative, now it has the chance to win as muchas $25,000 for flaglship and STEM projects.

Public can vote for favorite national initiative

Florida Rep. Paul Renner rescues dog from Interstate 95 - then adopts him!

“I was southbound on 95 and saw this dog running down the side of the road,” Renner said. “I pulled my truck over and tried to get him to come to me. I didn’t want him running into traffic.”

Re: Palm Coast Observer

Palm Coast woman helps pioneer new heart valve

“Just like with anything else it’s going to take a while,” Holt said, “it’s going to take a while to convince people this valve is where you should be.”

Re: The Daytona Beach News Journal

Thinking inside the (tool)box

Reaching out to the limitless landscape of mobile technology, Flagler County DEO staff are using modern tools to do the job.

Re: The Daytona Beach News Journal

A study shows living near water equals better mental health!

For many people, the crashing ocean waves are a way to unwind and more importantly, relieve stress. Being on the water makes you feel good, and it’s now backed by science. According to a report published by the journal Health & Place, living near a shoreline is good for your well being.

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