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Book Lovers Celebrate Banned Books Week

By on October 5th, 2015 | Last updated: October 5, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Annual Banned Books Week from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3 was celebrated at UF in the Plaza of the Americas on Thursday. Students read literature aloud from different authors who’s work has been challenged in public schools. The goal for Banned Books Week is to celebrate the liberty to read.

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New Location Spurs Growth for Farm to School Program

By on October 4th, 2015 | Last updated: October 2, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Alachua County’s Farm to School to Work program, a place for disabled students to work in gardening and farming, expanded to a new location this Fall. This gives the students more space to grow and process healthy foods to distribute to local schools.

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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Inserts Art Into STEM Education

By on September 16th, 2015 | Last updated: September 16, 2015 at 3:09 pm

“Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” is a new series of after-school programs through the Alachua County Library District. They focus on teaching traditional STEM topics, science, technology, engineering and math through an art lens. The sessions will include topics such as graphic design, video game and film creation and mathematically inspired works of art. The program will begin Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the ACLD’s Archer Branch.

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In The News: Florida’s Uninsured Rate Drops, Amazon Founder To Build Rockets in Florida, Texas Teen Arrested For Bringing Homemade Clock to School, UF Students Expected to Make Higher Salaries than Other Florida Graduates

By on September 16th, 2015 | Last updated: September 16, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Rate Of Uninsured Drops To 16.6 Percent In Florida – The uninsured rate in Florida has dropped 3.4 percent since 2013. Although the uninsured rate has dropped, Florida has the third highest rate of residents without health insurance behind Texas […]

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STEM Programs Need Educators, But Alachua County Is Leading The Pack

By on September 9th, 2015 | Last updated: September 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm

STEM education is getting a lot of spotlight for giving students what they need to build strong careers, and Alachua County schools are ahead of the curve. STEM labs have been in the works at some Alachua County elementary schools for years, but now the world is looking for more educators to provide leadership in this area.

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Physics Bus Rolls Into Gainesville To Spark Creativity and Science

By on August 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: August 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Physics Bus Gainesville is a new non-profit organization rolling into Gainesville this spring. It uses air dryers, microwaves and old projector TVs to raise the publics interest in science.

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Brain Training Center Treats Learning Disabilities

By on July 5th, 2015 | Last updated: July 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Brain Works in Gainesville uses auditory training to treat learning disabilities and brain trauma. It’s helped 13-year-old Nate with his dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia, but scientists question how effective the treatment really is.

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UF PaCE Complicates Applications To Professional Schools

By and on June 7th, 2015 | Last updated: June 5, 2015 at 5:12 pm

The UF Pathway to Campus Enrollment program offers students admission to in-person classes after they complete UF Online courses and earn a total of 60 credits. Out of the 3,118 students who were admitted to PaCE, only 272 have accepted so far.

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Dollar General Awards Three Local Schools $135,000 For Fast ForWord

By on May 29th, 2015 | Last updated: May 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

On Wednesday, Alachua Elementary School, W.W. Irby Elementary School and A.L. Mebane Middle School were awarded $135,000 by Dollar General to fund Fast ForWord, a program designed to improve language and reading competency in students. This is part of a five-year language development initiative to implement the program in all elementary schools in Alachua County.

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Gainesville Locals Win $15,000 To Start Music Education Program

By on April 21st, 2015 | Last updated: April 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Local bands Flat Land and Bells and Robes and event company Phairground won $15,000 for music projects at the One Spark festival in Jacksonville. The group founded Future Music Makers Youth Enrichment Program, a project aimed at creating music programs in local schools.

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