Our favorite author, Mrs. Tomblin, took Great Kids on a fabulous walking tour of Ormond Beach. Students were fascinated with the many rooms filled with history in the Casements, John Rockefeller’s winter home in the early 1900’s. We sure are thankful to the city of Ormond Beach for restoring Mr. Rockefeller’s home!

    We learned a lot about the Hotel Ormond while reading Mystery at the Hotel Ormond, so it was pretty cool to walk across Granada Boulevard, stop right where the hotel used to stand, and imagine being a guest in the Hotel Ormond in the 1920’s.

    As we crossed Orchard Lane to view John Anderson’s old hunting lodge named the Talahloka, we couldn’t believe the cabin has been there since 1800’s.

    Our last stop was the cupola, from the Hotel Ormond, a place that had so much meaning after reading Mrs. Tomblin’s book. We are grateful to Mrs. Tomblin for writing an awesome mystery, and for making history fun! We loved our OB Walking Tour!



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Great Kids students are very excited about our new garden. Our gardening project began with making a plan to plant our vegetables to be sure they will grow successfully. It's interesting to learn how to grow food in small spaces! We planted zucchini squash, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries. Our future farmers are continuing to learn about the life cycles of edible plants and composting. We are excited to learn and share in our city’s community garden!


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Great Kids welcomed a special guest from Ponce De Leon Lighthouse on Wednesday, March 8. Mary Wenzel, Director of the Lighthouse Outreach Program provided an engaging unit of study for the children. Our students learned about life for the lighthouse keepers and their families during the early days of the lighthouse, and examined many everyday tools from the late 1800’s. We are so proud and excited to have the Ponce De Leon Lighthouse in Volusia County, and we understand how important the lighthouse has been to sailors since 1887.


Our family-friendly event for the month of February included an evening of basketball fun at Embry-Riddle’s ICI Center. Pre-game events included a dinner of pizza and dessert, and a warm-up session of basketball, as ERAU’s 2016-2017 talented team demonstrated their skills on the court! Our spirited students cheered on their all-time favorite basketball team, watching the ERAU Eagles defeat the Tampa Spartans, 82-75. Promotional events included a Red Light, Green Light contest starring Keyvious, Jose, James, Jacob, Javin and Riley, and a Fastest Dresser/Dribbling Race featuring Kadin and Rodrigo. Each participant received an Embry Riddle basketball. This experience captured the essence of what our students are learning about leadership – responsibility, synergy, respect, and humility. The memory of this night will long live on in the hearts of our Great Kids.








Great Kids celebrated Veterans Day at Rockefeller Gardens Park with several of our favorite local veterans, Sergeant Tim Forrester and Vietnam veteran, Tom Clausen. Debbie Kruck Forrester, leader of Ormond Strong, presented our students with flags and soldiers to bring home as a reminder of soldiers serving our country. Students worked in teams during a boot camp hosted by Sergeant Forrester. Our children were filled with admiration for these local heroes, their courage and determination to keep us safe. We are truly grateful that veterans make our world a better place.

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