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Summer Meals All Summer Long: OCPS extends its free meals program

The school year may be over, but as inflation, rising rent, and the mounting cost of gas take a financial toll on Central Florida families, the season for food insecurity is just beginning.
Merry Christmas UCF football: Blue Darter Kaven Call verbally commits to Knights
Kaven Call, a top defensive end/outside linebacker for the Apopka Blue Darters, verbally committed to the UCF Knights on Christmas day.
Apopka heading to regional finals for the second straight season
The Apopka Blue Darters continued their late-season surge with a one-sided 34-3 bludgeoning of the Bartram Trail Bears.
Blue Darters keep rolling; advance to regional semifinals
The Blue Darters took the first step in capturing their fourth state championship with a 42-0 shutout of St. John's Creekside at Roger Williams Field Friday night in the 8A-Region 1 quarterfinals.
In Orange County Public Schools, over 1,400 students are absent and unaccounted for
From Staff Reports The Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is the ninth-largest district in the United States and the fourth largest in Florida. It serves more than 206,000 students at 202 schools. …
State cannot enforce its mandate against school mask mandates
Judge Cooper’s ruling follows an Aug. 24-27 trial stemming from a May lawsuit filed by parents from seven counties alleging Governor DeSantis’ order unconstitutionally bars school boards from …
Could your students use $2,000 for hands-on learning? SJRWMD’s Blue School Grant Program Sept. deadline
Grants may be awarded in three areas: freshwater resources field study, water conserving landscape projects or water conservation community/school awareness campaigns From St. Johns River Water …

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Unmasking the 'invisible injury': Knowing concussion signs saves lives
After a fall or hit to the head, even if you're not sure a concussion happened, youth athletes should not return to their game until they've been evaluated by a medical professional From …
Apopka Blue Darters in search of a fourth state title in 2021
Kickoff Classics in Apopka: Deland Bulldogs at Apopka Blue Darters - Kickoff is 7pm at Roger Williams Field on the campus of Apopka High School. Miami Norland Vikings at Wekiva Mustangs - …
Studies show an association between school backpack use and back pain among children; prevention tips
One published literature review concluded that a student's backpack should have a maximum weight of no more than 10-15% of the student's body weight From AdventHealth Our children's safety is …
How parents can help kids deal with back-to-school anxiety
Back to School 2021 By Elizabeth Englander, Bridgewater State University As a child, I had a great deal of anxiety. If you’ve ever seen me speak in public, that might surprise you. But …
I Know Nothing
Faith & Inspiration By Rodney McFadden, Senior Religion Teacher at Forest Lake Academy The rain beat against the window in the dark hospital room. My wife, hours before, had just delivered little …
Orange Co. reports COVID positivity rate tripled past 3 weeks; Mayor Demings strongly recommends mask wearing indoors
Emergency rental assistance is still available to residents who are behind in rent due to the pandemic. Eligible residents may receive help to pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future …
UCF finding a talent pipeline in Apopka
From Staff Reports The University of Central Florida has a major college football program and recruits from across the country. Its roster is filled with players from throughout the US, but in the …
Forest Lake Academy summer sports camps building skills and character
Forest Lake Academy hosts three CO-ED summer sports camps - basketball, soccer, and volleyball - open to all student-athletes in the community By Ava Niemeyer, Interning Correspondent for The Apopka …
Breaking News: Blue Darter Nikai Martinez commits to UCF
Breaking News By Nathaniel Marerro, Interning Correspondent with The Apopka Voice Nikai Martinez Apopka High School cornerback Nikai Martinez has officially committed to play football at the …
Parents and teachers: Know the warning signs of student mental health concerns, from a student's perspective
With the stress of homework, final exams, and the pressure of ensuring a successful future, student life can be a breeding ground for mental health issues.
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