Education Corner: Winter 21-22

The staff of Beaches Habitat’s education program is excited to share some updates for the new year.

Thank You, Queen’s Harbor Book Club

Every student in the afterschool program will receive a new book thanks to the generosity of a book club in the Queen’s Harbor neighborhood. Dan Mechenbier, a long-time volunteer tutor in the program connected us with members who decided that their holiday party was an opportune time to reach out and provide a new book for each student. We are most grateful for this act of kindness!

Welcome Teachers

NBE teacher, Adaelisa Holeski, tutors a student at the Gail Baker Community Center.

Three teachers from Neptune Beach Elementary, Adaelisa Holeski, Anne Meierdierks, and Nan Prausa have joined the Beaches Habitat team. The teachers recently started tutoring some of our students in the afterschool program at the Baker Center. Thanks to a grant from the Beaches Community Foundation, each teacher will receive compensation for their support of our afterschool students. We are thrilled to have them share their time and expertise with the children.

CAP Kids Workshop

The Cathedral Arts Project will present, Josh Stone, a String Teaching Artist Fellow, at the Baker Center on January 21. He will be leading an interactive music-making class for the children. In the workshop, students will learn to make and play simple versions of instruments using household supplies.

This is the third workshop in a series, presented thanks to a grant from the Beaches Community Fund. There is no fee to attend the workshop. If you are interested in having your child participate, please call Sue at the Jordan Center: 904-343-3026.

Afterschool Volunteers to be Recognized

Afterschool Program Volunteer Jesse Dattilo is one of three volunteers who will be recognized for her volunteer service.

Three volunteers from the Beaches Habitat Afterschool program will be recognized during the Rhoda Martin Cultural Center’s MLK Day Celebration this weekend. Dan Mechenbier, Jesse Dattilo, and Terri Wybenga have a combined total of more than 30 years of volunteer service with Beaches Habitat. The three volunteers meet weekly with Atlantic Beach students for tutoring and homework help.

We are incredibly grateful for the service and commitment of our volunteers. We invite you to join us at Seawalk Pavilion on Saturday, January 15th from 11 am to 1 pm to recognize these remarkable volunteers!