More than 900 students and their families enjoyed carnival fun and a barbecue dinner at United Way of Northeast Florida’s Achievers For Life Celebration Thursday, May 19, 5:30-8 p.m. at Adams-Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex, Edward Waters College.
The annual event – which this year featured activities including a bounce house, tug of war, sack races, face painting and more – celebrated the 2015-2016 school-year accomplishments of United Way’s Achievers For Life middle-school students.
During the event, students were recognized for their A and A-B Honor Roll achievements. In addition, Eugene J. Butler Middle School was recognized for having the most participation at the event, and Ensante Manning, parent of Fort Caroline Middle School student Jacquez Manning, was named “Most Engaged Parent.”
“Achievers For Life truly makes a difference in students’ lives, from the smiles on their faces to accomplishments in the classroom,” said Phyllis Martin, head of community impact and strategic investments at United Way of Northeast Florida. “Our students are more likely to stay in school and perform well thanks to the dedication of our partners, mentors and staff.”
More than 60 United Way corporate and community volunteers and Achievers For Life mentors volunteered during the event to help make it a success. Chris Porter, First Coast News sports director, served as emcee for the evening, and Jacksonville Jaguar Rasheed Bailey and the Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team were on hand to sign autographs and take photos with attendees.