The Young Journalist Program Receives Third Consecutive Grant from the Joy Street Foundation.

The Young Journalist Organization of Indian River County, FL is pleased to announce its third generous “unrestricted” grant from the Joy Street Foundation, New Vernon, N.J. Warren “Kim” Kimber, Jr. and his wife Bobbie established the Joy Street Foundation to support education.  The foundation only makes contributions to preselected charitable organizations. In announcing their grant to … Continue reading The Young Journalist Program Receives Third Consecutive Grant from the Joy Street Foundation.

Indian River, FL Charter High School Junior Oboist Wins Dewey “Teacher of Inspiration” Essay for Orchestra Director.

In November, 2020 Indian River Charter High School (IRCHS) student Sarah Ward decided to enter the Dewey Awards Essay “Teacher of Inspiration” Competition on a whim.  The Dewey Awards are financed by Charter School Capital and are submitted on a voluntary basis.  The entries were written to recognize the contribution of a mentor teacher who has inspired … Continue reading Indian River, FL Charter High School Junior Oboist Wins Dewey “Teacher of Inspiration” Essay for Orchestra Director.

Cornell University Has Gotten Its Covid-19 Protocols Right.

Cornell University Moving to COVID Alert Level Green Sept. 16, 2020 "Dear Cornell community,  As the fall semester progresses, it is heartening to see the collective efforts of students, faculty and staff to act safely and responsibly as we go about classes, research and other activities. Your choices are making a crucial difference as we … Continue reading Cornell University Has Gotten Its Covid-19 Protocols Right.

New Babies at Hope for Families Center, Vero Beach, FL.

The Heart of the Hope for Families Center is Their Shelter. Safe and secure, warm and stable, the Hope for Families Center (HFC) provides the refuge and consistency homeless families need to get back on their feet. Their risk-free living environment removes any uncertainty of safety – parents and children alike know where their next … Continue reading New Babies at Hope for Families Center, Vero Beach, FL.

It Would Have be Helpful if Our Government Released School Re-Opening Guidelines Like Indian River County, FL?

On June 11 2020 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a plan that expected K-12 schools to reopen in August at "full capacity.” On July 7 President Trump said: "So we're very much going to put pressure on Governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open...We're going to be putting aloe of pressure … Continue reading It Would Have be Helpful if Our Government Released School Re-Opening Guidelines Like Indian River County, FL?

Update: Black Lives Matter in Third Grade Too… [Indian River County, FL]

On June 10, 2020 we published an article on the disparity between black and white third grade pass rates for the School District of Indian River County’s Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts (ELA) testing. https://verocommunique.com/2020/06/10/black-lives-matter-in-third-grade-too-indian-river-county-fl/ This article has been very widely read, however, one reader commented that we inadvertently omitted Rosewood Magnet Elementary … Continue reading Update: Black Lives Matter in Third Grade Too… [Indian River County, FL]

How/If Indian River County, FL Will Schools Reopen?

Let’s hope we can rethink and grow virtual learning into positive outcomes for all Indian River County students. On May 23, 2020 I spoke (as publisher of Vero Communiqué ) with a nice young man I've gotten to know who works at Publix and is a student at Sebastian River High School. He was worried … Continue reading How/If Indian River County, FL Will Schools Reopen?

COVID-19 Mental Health Reports from Two Mental Health Leaders in Indian River County, FL.

We have reports from two mental health leaders in Indian River County, FL on what they feel are the consequences of COVID-19 on mental health. Dr. Nicholas Coppola is the CEO of the Mental Health Association of Indian River County, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing immediate access with no barriers to mental health care. … Continue reading COVID-19 Mental Health Reports from Two Mental Health Leaders in Indian River County, FL.

Mental Health Association COVID-19 Update as of 3-25-2020. Indian River County, FL.

Dear Friends of the Mental Health Association of Indian River County; We at the Mental Health Association in Indian River County are working very hard to protect our employees, our clients, and our community. With this in mind I am sending you this brief email as an update to the note I sent last week. Nothing … Continue reading Mental Health Association COVID-19 Update as of 3-25-2020. Indian River County, FL.