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Kids Celebrate Story time at Poinciana Library’s Jammy Jamboree

POINCIANA, FL –Once a month, Osceola Public Library branches invite children of all ages to come in their PJ’s, to enjoy an evening of story time and crafts during its Jammy Jamboree event.

Kimberlee Lewis, Youth Specialist for the Poinciana branch organizes this event to enhance the desire to read among young children.  With Internet research available in most every home it is up to the library to find creative ways to draw children in.

“While having reading tools and games online may have some benefits, having the interaction of actually hearing and watching someone tell a story and the back and forth that comes with it, makes it more fun” Lewis explains.  Children learn comprehension, which is a big thing right now. While students can read something to you they often have a hard time explaining what it is they have read. “  Jammy Jamboree provides visual stimulation and Q&A throughout.”

The library’s outreach programs extend to teens as well.  Lewis goes to local high schools to engage teen readers in her “Book Tasting” event.  Six chapter books are presented along with six different foods.  Teens are encouraged to match the food they try along with the book – based on title, color or character.  The exercise opens a dialogue with students to have them read books they may have once passed over. The event has drawn over thirty new teen readers to the library since its inception.

 

Officers to Staff Osceola Elementary Schools

KISSIMMEE, FL – In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, a joint collaborative effort was reached between the Osceola County School District, Kissimmee Police Department (KPD) and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) to put a rotating force of school resource officers (SROs) within the county’s elementary schools. 

Kissimmee, FL (Feb. 05, 2013) A joint collaboration between Osceola County School Board, Kissimmee and Osceola County Sheriff Department is enacted to put officers in elementary schools. (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Kissimmee, FL (Feb. 05, 2013) A joint collaboration between Osceola County School Board, Kissimmee and Osceola County Sheriff Department is enacted to put officers in elementary schools.
(Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

The official announcement came when the Kissimmee City Commission approved KPD’s participation in the plan, which will provide two uniformed officers each from KPD and OCSO, who will rotate among the elementary schools.

Kissimmee, FL (Feb. 05, 2013) School Resource Officers (SRO's) are hired to rotate between Osceola County Schools  (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Kissimmee, FL (Feb. 05, 2013) School Resource Officers (SRO’s) are hired to rotate between Osceola County Schools
(Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

The additional cost incurred for these officers will be split.  The school district will pay the salary for the two Kissimmee officers, with the police department covering the remainder. KPD Chief Lee Massie declared new officers would be added to the department line up in the future.

Kissimmee, FL (Feb. 5, 2013) School Resource Officers salaries will be a shared cost between Osceola School District and Kissimmee Police Department.  (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Kissimmee, FL (Feb. 5, 2013) School Resource Officers salaries will be a shared cost between Osceola School District and Kissimmee Police Department.
(Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

School District Superintendent Melba Luciano said, “This partnership between the police and our school is extremely important for our children.” Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Tom Phelps added, “This will provide additional peace of mind for our parents.”

Kissimmee, FL (Feb. 5, 2013) Examples of some tactical gear used by county officers while monitoring schools. (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Kissimmee, FL (Feb. 5, 2013) Examples of some tactical gear used by officers while monitoring schools.
(Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

The safety of students, teachers and staff is one of my office’s main priorities. Sheriff Bob Hansell said, “We will continue to work with the school district to ensure our schools remain safe.”

Kissimmee, FL  (Feb. 5, 2013) Certified First Responders are required to carry bags such as these in case of medical emergencies.  This is particularly helpful in school emergencies. (Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

Kissimmee, FL (Feb. 5, 2013) Certified First Responders are required to carry bags such as these in case of medical emergencies. This is particularly helpful in school emergencies.
(Photo by Alisande Caraballo)

School District Director of Community Relations Dana Schafer adds, “The shared contributions between the school district and law enforcement agencies made this plan possible.”

 

 

APV Votes to Outsource Management, Angers local Residents

 

 Signpost located on the grounds of main headquarters - Photo A. Caraballo

Signpost located on the grounds of main headquarters – Photo A. Caraballo

Poinciana, FL – Despite public outcry, on Monday January 7, 2013 The Association of Poinciana Villages’ (APV) Board of Directors voted 5 to 2 to hire Continental Group as its new manager.

Approximately 100 local residents and only 6 of the 9 members of the APV Board were in attendance.  The vote was made before any input from the area residents was heard, to hand over management of APV Homeowner’s Association to a third party – Continental Group.  This decision came as a shock to many area residents since APV provides the only local government for Poinciana.

The Association of Poinciana Villages is a non-profit civic organization operating exclusively for the promotion of the health and safety of the owners and residents of Poinciana.  APV provides services for the common good of the community (i.e. street lighting, sidewalks, enforcement of the restrictive covenants, maintenance of the right of ways, parks, mowing of the drainage systems, etc.).

Jeanette Coughenour, manager of the APV tried to dispel rumors in late 2012 when word leaked that the APV’s board of directors considered the possibility of having a private management firm submit proposals to oversee APV’s future operations. As a result, a firestorm of protest emerged as concerns grew over local jobs being lost. Coughenour issued a public statement claiming the review was nothing more than a possible cost-savings and future efficiency measure.

Association of Poinciana Village Headquarters - Photo by A. Caraballo

Association of Poinciana Village Headquarters – Photo by A. Caraballo

However, many residents do not see it this way. The common concern was the cost effectiveness of the move and whether or not it would raise homeowner’s association dues.  The board did not acknowledge such concerns.

Opal Warren, Director of the Poinciana Boys and Girls Club and attendee of the meeting had this to say, “Personally, I believe there are some possible benefits, but it remains to be seen because of the opposition [Continental] is facing from current community leaders.”

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