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Community notes - Beaches
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Posted: 2012 Oct 19 - 00:30

Firefighters wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness

Brevard County firefighters are trading in their blue shirts for pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For the entire month of October, Brevard County Fire Rescue has teamed with the Brevard County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer by allowing members to purchase and wear the pink shirts in place of their normal duty shirts.

The shirts feature the benevolent logo on the front with "Brevard Fire- We Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month" on the back.

The BCPFF will donate all funds raised by the sale of the shirts to the International Association of Firefighters, which is once again working with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to offer the "Passionately Pink for the Cure" program for October.

For more information, visit www.breastcancer.org, call (321) 633.2056 or visit www.brevardfire.com.

Brevard Schools Foundation seeks items for auction

The Brevard Schools Foundation is seeking items and sponsors for its second "Bids for Kids" online auction, which will take place Nov. 13-16.

Donations of items, gift certificates and services will be accepted.

Areas of interest include dining, entertainment / leisure, sports and sports memorabilia, health/beauty, art, home goods, food, travel, jewelry, clothing, tickets, books, toys, golf, lawn/garden, music, auto, business services, pet, baby, show tickets, TV/movie memorabilia, computers, electronics and antiques/ collectibles.

Proceeds will go to the foundation's general fund.

Sponsorships are available.

Visit www.biddingfor good.com/brevardschools to submit donations online or contact the Foundation at info.bsf@brevardschools.org or (321) 633-1000, Ext. 756.

Local coordinator is 'Afterschool Ambassador'

The Afterschool Alliance has announced that Jackie Francisco, assistant district coordinator of Brevard Public Schools School Age Child Care Program, has been selected to serve as a 2012-13 "Afterschool Ambassador."

She is one of just 12 local leaders from across the country to be chosen for the honor this year.

Each Afterschool Ambassador will continue directing or supporting a local afterschool program while also serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term, organizing public events, communicating with policy makers and building support for afterschool programs.

Ms. Francisco's ambassadorship is sponsored by Bright House Networks, as part of the company's ongoing commitment to afterschool initiatives and to education in STEM topics.

For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 375.

Physical education Fall Field Day

Brevard adaptive physical education teachers will host a Fall Field Day on Friday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eau Gallie High School with assistance of the high school's Best Buddy Program.

This fall festival for students in exceptional education programs will include children from Eau Gallie, Satellite, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Heritage, Space Coast, Astronaut, Titusville, Viera, Cocoa, Merritt Island and Rockledge high schools, as well as students from Johnson, Hoover, Kennedy, Stone, Madison, Jefferson, Jackson, DeLaura and Central middle schools.

The goal of the festival is to create a fun-filled day of fellowship and exercise, and foster new friendships and enhance the physical and social well being of BPS students.

For more information, contact Scott Pedrick, adaptive physical education teacher, at pedrick.scott@brevardschools.org or (321) 794-6388.

Getting fit and healthy

A new program has been launched, aimed at increasing healthy lifestyles and physical fitness of Brevard students.

The launch coincided with International Walk to School Day and is a partnership between Commit 2B Fit, Brevard County Schools and Space Coast Transportation Planning.

The program is being funded through the Florida Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School grant.

The Commit 2B Fit School Program is a comprehensive educational program that teaches children the basics of sound nutrition and the importance of regular physical activity.

The program, which targets third- and fourth-graders will be implemented in 10 Brevard Schools each year for three years, thus reaching 30 schools before its culmination.

For more information, contact Rachel Winsten, resource teacher for physical education, health and driver's education at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 387, or by email at winsten.rachel@brevardschools.org.

School art program ranks No. 5 in state

Patty Tizen, art teacher at Surfside Elementary School in Satellite Beach has been recognized nationally.

She is one of 10 art teachers in the United States selected by Artsonia, the world's largest online kid's art museum, for outstanding leadership in the area of arts education.

Additionally, Surfside's online gallery has been ranked fifth in the state by the same organization.

The leadership award presented to Ms. Tizen honors teachers who go above and beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in arts education. The award also recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration within the school arts program.

For more information, contact Sue Murray, Surfside principal, at (321) 773-2818 or by email at murray.sue@brevardschools.org.

Space Coast Area Transit sets ridership record

Preliminary ridership numbers for Space Coast Area Transit, Brevard's Public Transportation System, indicate more than two million passenger boardings occurred on its fixed-route buses for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

That represents a 12 percent increase in ridership over Fiscal Year 2011, and the 20th consecutive year of ridership gains. Fiscal Year 2012 productivity of 25.52 passengers per hour of service is also a record.

Both the State Road 520 and A1A corridors remain as the service areas with the most passenger boardings. The Palm Bay/Melbourne area shows the largest growth in the system, along with the most productive route in the County between U.S. Highway 192 and Palm Bay Road.

For more information and exact time schedules, visit www.RideSCAT.com or contact customer service representatives at (321) 633-1878.

Satellite Touchdown Club and Air Force enlisted men and women

Until this season, football players at Satellite High School's sweltering practice fields had no shade in which to rest or take cover from bursts of rain. The team had no goalposts at the ends of its sandy fields off Jackson Avenue.

But thanks to donations from hundreds of Satellite residents and a special gift of labor and supplies from Air Force personnel, Scorpion athletes enjoy a safer, more useful facility today.

Between deployments and work assignments, volunteers from the Space Coast Junior Enlisted Advisory Council from the 45th Space Wing spent their weekends erecting two large, surplus shade canopies donated by Patrick Air Force Base. The sturdy canopies previously stood at the Child Development Center at the Air Force Technical Applications Center, which is moving to a new building.

That gift allowed the Satellite Touchdown Club booster organization to stretch $6,500 in community donations for the shade project to also buy goalposts, turf improvements, permanent field-line markers and (soon) landscaping for the site.

With football season now under way, the group of Air Force enlisted men and women has practically adopted the Satellite football program, providing another special gift to families on Thursday and Friday nights. Snyder and a group of airmen now staff and manage the concession stand at games so that booster parents are free to watch their sons play.

For more information, call (321) 794-6152 or email goscorps@aol.com.

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