Learning about the history of our city is more fun when Ormond Beach’s most famous authors share their stories. For more than 10 years, Alice and Ron Howell have been writing and publishing their own books. The Howells took us back in time to 1868 when the Bostrom family settled in Ormond Beach. After becoming acquainted with the Bostrom’s grandson, the Howells were inspired to write books explaining the history of Ormond Beach.
Mrs. Howell showed us the first books she read when she was our age. And we learned that writers are first good readers. The Howells brought all ten books they’ve written through the years. We cannot wait to get our own copies of their book, Sid and Angela Undercover in Ormond Beach at the Ormond Public Library! Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Howell!


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Great Kids enjoyed another evening of fun cheering with the Seabreeze cheerleaders at Municipal Stadium! Thank you to Coach Amy, Mr. Rawlings, and the Seabreeze High School Athletic Department for partnering with our Great Kids community!


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Great Kids recently held its second annual Hero Fest, honoring extraordinary people who strengthen our community. Students shared hero stories, original artwork, and dance throughout the evening’s event. Honored guests included OBPD Officer Jay Brennan, Ormond Fire Chief Bob Mandarino, Dr. Sondra Avant, Christine Oltean, Wells Fargo, Dr. Tammy Owens, Harvey Newton, Ellen Crotts, Susan Perry, Michael Lamberti and Paul MacDonald. An art gallery featured artwork created by talented artists: Brody, Kimora, Marthena, Darrin, McKenzie, Delyla, Gracie, Ellie, Rivers, Isaac, Layla, Lupita, Amara and Ashley. Tomoka students performed the dance, Macarena, adapted from the popular movie, Ferdinand. Following the event, a reception for all families and our community was held in the church lobby. Special thanks to our event sponsors for providing their facilities, refreshments and financial support - First United Methodist Church, Daytona Auto Mall, Daytona International Speedway, Angell & Phelps, Buffalo Wild Wings, Coldwell Banker, DB Pickles, Duva Sawko, Georgian Inn Beach Club, Granada Bait & Tackle, Hilton Garden Inn, McDonalds, Microflex, Pierson Supply Company, Porcelite of Daytona, Sam’s Club, Vanacore Homes and Waste Pro. We are especially grateful to our everyday heroes for investing in the well-being of our children – our volunteers, families, board of directors, community partners and Volusia County Schools.


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