PROM SEASON NEARLY HERE, MOCK DUI STRESSES IMPORTANT DECISIONS
March 26, 2015 MARION COUNTY
Marion County’s prom season is nearly here, which means thousands of students dressing up in formalwear for memorable high school moments.
The season also stresses the importance of students making smart decisions behind the wheel.
Here’s a look at this year’s prom schedule for Marion County Public Schools:
April 11 – Forest High @ Walt Disney World’s EPCOT ShowPlace Pavilion, 5PM-2AM
April 18 – Lake Weir @ Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake, 8:30PM-11:30PM
May 9 – Belleview @ Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Adventure Rotunda, 5PM-1AM
May 9 – Dunnellon @ Holiday Inn & Suites Ocala Conference Center, 8PM-11PM
May 9 – Vanguard @ Ocala Hilton, 8PM-11PM
May 16- West Port @ Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort, 5:30PM-2AM
May 22 – North Marion @ Holiday Inn & Suites Ocala Conference Center, 7PM-11PM.
To encourage students to avoid impaired driving, the school district and various community agencies present a Mock DUI scenario each school year. This presentation involves prom, speed, and alcohol – all contributors to a deadly car crash. The event concludes with a funeral for one of the crash victims.
This year’s Mock DUI takes place at Dunnellon High on Wednesday, May 6, at 9:30AM. Students in the school’s football stadium will view the mock prom night car crash. Parents, students, and first responders will be involved in the dramatic and deadly scenario.
Dunnellon High is located at 10055 SW 180 Ave. Rd. in Dunnellon.
Participating agencies include the Florida Highway Patrol, Marion County Fire Rescue, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and Dunnellon Police Department. The Marion County Community Traffic Safety Team sponsors this event and also orchestrates the “Battle of the Belts” and “Walk Your Child to School Day” events each year.
National Spotlight on West Port
West Port Principal Jayne Ellspermann is not only Florida’s Principal of the Year – she is the National Principal of the Year! She beat out 21,000 other principals for the prestigious title. West Port students and staff, along with district representatives, surprised Ellspermann with the announcement last month. She even received congratulations from US Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan in a surprise phone call during the ceremony. Ellspermann is also this year’s Florida Literacy Leader of the Year, an honor handed out by Just Read, Florida! and Florida’s Department of Education.
Stranger Danger on the Road
Dozens of youngsters and their parents travelled together with each other for the annual Walk Your Child to School event at Belleview Elementary. Law enforcement set up a “safe” walk zone that included dangers students might encounter – things like drug dealers, child predators, and innocent situations that turn dangerous. Students completing the walk also received goodie bags with reminders to stay safe during their trips to and from school.
Eighth Street @ 100 Years
Talk about a major milestone! Eighth Street Elementary is the oldest, continuous-running school building in all of Florida. Current students, parents, teachers, and alumni celebrated the Centennial Mark in grand style. Students even researched the archives, interviewed early graduates, and learned what life was like “back in the old days.” Today, the restored school is home to nearly 350 students near Downtown Ocala.
Total visits since 1/1/2015: 2,990,400
Total visits in 2014: 6,886,178
Total visits in 2013: 11,615,641
Total visits in 2012: 11,799,753
Total visits in 2011: 9,268,306
Total visits in 2010: 8,620,826
Total visits in 2009: 4,851,153
Total visits in 2008: 3,104,170
Marion County Public Schools
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