Davidson Cares recently completed a record fundraising year by awarding its 2015 education grants to five St. Johns County public schools, including Mill Creek Elementary School, Wards Creek Elementary School, Palencia Elementary School, Pacetti Bay Middle School and Nease High School.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Davidson Cares raised $21,000 through sponsorships and fundraising efforts.

Said Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson, “We want to thank everyone who helped us achieve our most successful year yet. Our sponsors, donors, agents and the community really came together to make a huge difference for the kids this year.”

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Donating to our local public schools is as easy as grabbing lunch to-go, dropping off a few school supplies or even just doing a little online shopping! Help Davidson Realty support Mill Creek Elementary School, Wards Creek Elementary School, Palencia Elementary School and Pacetti Bay Middle School by doing any (or all) of the following:

SOS Diner:
St. Augustine is known for great food and their food trucks are no exception. Every Tuesday, St. Augustine’s best food truck parks in front of Davidson Realty’s office building at the entrance to World Golf Village and serves amazing lunch items from 11 am to 2 pm. SOS Diner offers a wide variety of scrumptious choices on their normal menu, plus they always have weekly specials! SOS donates a percentage of proceeds every week to our local schools. Come by and sit in Davidson’s courtyard and enjoy your lunch or call your order in to-go at (904) 495-3792. To see their menu, visit www.facebook.com/davidsonrealty.

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Mill Creek Elementary School’s first annual BBQ Night went off without a hitch last Tuesday, May 27, bringing in $2,040 — $1,020 of which goes directly to the school for books and technology! Catered by MOJO Old City BBQ, the event sold 100 meals including 55 family meals, 11 individual turkey meals and 34 individual pork meals.

Davidson Realty, which operates Davidson Cares, a non-profit organization that gives grants to local schools like Mill Creek, also had representatives on hand to help. Volunteers handed out pre-ordered meals to Mill Creek parents as they waited in the after-school car line.

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Pacetti Bay’s recent Harlem Wizards event was a huge hit with World Golf Village residents and schools alike! The Harlem Wizards faced off against the “Wildcats” on Friday, May 23rd at Pacetti Bay. The fun event was hosted by Pacetti Bay’s PTSO and title sponsored by Davidson Realty and Davidson Cares. Over 500 tickets to the event were sold and approximately $5,000 was raised for new technology at Pacetti Bay!

The night was full of fun on and off the court! VIP pass holders were able to meet the Harlem Wizards’ players before the game and sit courtside for a front row view of all the action. Each grade made a basket to raffle for the event, including a sports themed basket, a family fun basket, a beach basket and others. Fantastic raffle prizes included Disney, Universal, Seaworld and more. And, there were delicious food items for sale all benefiting Pacetti Bay, like SOS Diner food truck and Little Caesar’s Pizza.

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Davidson Realty’s VP of Marketing Peyton Davidson and Marketing Coordinator Matt Burkhart had so much fun delivering grant checks to Palencia Elementary School, Wards Creek Elementary School, Pacetti Bay Middle School and Mill Creek Elementary School! The Davidson Cares’ checks were awarded for the inspiring educational grant request videos submitted by teachers and PTO members for the needs within the schools. Voting for the videos took place from January 24th -  February 28th and teachers, students, parents, friends and the community were allowed to vote once a day for their favorite video from each school. All four schools received a $1,000 grant for the videos with the most votes and Pacetti Bay got an additional $500 for their anti-bullying efforts due to the importance of the cause. Congratulations to all the winners!

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The World Golf Village Relay For Life is coming to Mill Creek Elementary School on Saturday, March 29, at noon! More than 170 participants are expected to take part in the signature fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Eighteen teams have signed up so far.

Two of Davidson Realty’s agents are heading up the event’s planning and organization including Event Chair Amy Anderson and Co-Chair Debra Pappas. Other key contributors are Entertainment and Registration Chair Terri Bailey, Luminaria Pat Philo, Survivor Chair Ken Becker, and Online Chair Kathleen Richards.

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Education is a top priority for the area’s parents and educators in St. Johns County Schools. A great example of this commitment is found in Mill Creek Elementary Principal Amanda Riedl. We recently caught up with Amanda to learn more about her background and her dedication to providing the best in academic excellence to local students.

Having grown up in the panhandle’s Okaloosa County, Amanda is a Floridian through and through. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, she and her husband relocated to Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to learning to live and drive in snow for the first time, Amanda pursued her passion for education with the North Kansas City School District.

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school busIt’s back to school season and our World Golf Village and north St. Johns County area families will find some changes as they head back to school on August 20th including the addition of the new Palencia Elementary School and a new Principal at Mill Creek Elementary School.  The opening of Palencia Elementary School this month brings with it rezoning that impacts some families previously zoned for Mill Creek Elementary.  The St. Johns County School District website provides an easy to use address look-up to find out which schools your elementary, middle and high school student is zoned for.  It’s accessible at http://www.gis.bocc.co.st-johns.fl.us/schoolaz2/.

Following is round-up of key facts about our area schools.  More information, including bus routes can be found on the school websites.

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