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    The Direct Connection

    February 13, 2017

    Good Monday morning, Teachers, Staff and Administrators:

    With academic fairs, competitions and challenges, February has already been a very exciting time in our district. The Black History Month activities and lessons have been phenomenal, and many more events will be taking place as the month progresses.  I really appreciate how the teaching of this important subject has evolved from the bland worksheets of the past to academic competitions, the arts, literature, research, writing and public speaking.  We would like to capture these activities, events and lessons on Twitter through the use of hashtag #VCSblackhistory.   

    Our district is currently taking part in the annual fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund. Throughout Volusia County, there have been many beneficiaries of the UNCF. This fund has provided pathways for our students and colleagues to pursue their dream of a college education when the only barrier was funding. We are a stronger community when donating to those efforts. There will be fundraising activities at each school and district departments, so please consider contributing toward this most helpful cause.

    I am encouraged by the participation in the Superintendent's Heart Healthy Challenge (#VCShearthealth). The goal is to move more, and the challenge is to walk 10,000 steps three days a week or perform an hour workout three days each week. Please consider joining us--just start at your current level of activity, and build on it. Your heart will thank you.

    Have a productive week and remember your Valentine.

    Kindest Regards,

    Tom Russell

    Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
    ~Dr. Mae Jemison

    Mr. James T. Russell
    Superintendent of Schools
    VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
    386/734-7190, extension 20210
    Fax: 386/734-2842
    E-mail: jrussell@volusia.k12.fl.us
    Twitter: @jrussell_t

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