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Search for the Most Innovative "Green" Office Product

With a goal of searching worldwide for the next great idea for environmentally preferable office products, Staples is giving Jacksonville-area college students an opportunity to compete for a $25,000 grand prize if they submit a 1,000 word description of their idea by Dec. 23, 2010.

Fleming Island High School 11th Grader to Host Hunger Banquet

After experiencing an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet this summer at a H.O.B.Y leadership conference, Fleming Island High School 11th grader Amy Nicotra decided to put on a Hunger Banquet at her own school. This has never been done before at Fleming Island High School, however Nicotera has registered anoutstanding 330+ 9th-12th grade students to attend.

The event is on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 1:45 until 3:30 PM at Fleming Island High School. Participants will experience the issues of world hunger and poverty through an emotional program. Along with the program, the "cost" of the event is 2 canned food items per person. We are donating all of the canned food items to the Green Coves Spring Food Bank to feed families for the upcoming holidays. Panera, Moes, and Winn-Dixie are our sponsors.

Fleming Island 21, Palm Coast 0

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Fleming Island improved to (9-0) with a 21-0 win over Palm Coast.  The Golden Eagles also won their second district championship in a row.

The TV production class at Fleming Island High School sent us some video highlights from this game, and you can watch that footage by clicking on the clip within this story.

If you would like to submit some video of a local sporting event, just send it to fcnsports@gmail.com.

The 8th Annual Master Chief McFarland Memorial Inter-Service Field Meet

Saturday, October 25th was another busy day for the Nease High School NJROTC. The 8th Annual Master Chief McFarland Memorial Inter-Service Field Meet, honoring Master Chief Russell McFarland, former instructor for Nease’s NJROTC who died in 2003 after a battle with brain cancer went on without a hitch under sunny skies and mild temperatures.

Hosting an inter-service drill/field meet has become a routine thing for the instructors, cadets and parents. But routine does not mean it is a simple process. Planning for this years’ event began only days after the completion of the meet last year. As is typical of most large organizations, evaluation of everything from the scoring system, food menus and preparation, competition events, etc. began immediately. Because each military service branch has a different focus, the competition cards are not the same. All these differences must be programmed into a scoring system so that every team is evaluated equally.

Oakleaf Junior High To Make Haiti Documentary

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Oakleaf Junior High students and teachers saw one photo and decided they had to jump into action.

The photo shows a young man, a victim of Haiti's earthquake, who lost both legs.

But the look on his face and the story behind his guts and determination motivated the students to begin a documentary on how prosthetic legs are made.

The project spins off of Jeannie Blaylock's special report, "The First Coast Stands Up For Haiti." When the students are finished, First Coast News will post their work on firstcoastnews.com.

Teacher Sundae Stubbs said she sees it as a terrific opportunity for her media students to challenge themselves and learn compassion for people in another country.

In fact, she's asking all her classes to watch our special TV report at 8 p.m. tonight on NBC-12  right after "Jeopardy."

School Bus Safety Week in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This week is school bus safety week in Florida.

The state has launched a new website to help educate parents, kids and drivers about school bus safety laws.  And the theme for the week-'Stop on Red, Kids Ahead'-reminds drivers they must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights and extends its stop arms.

The riskiest part of the school bus ride to school is getting on and off the bus, according to Duval County Schools.

"This week is an excellent time to teach and reiterate to students and parents simple measures they can take while going to and from the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.  "It also gives us a chance to thank and honor the professionals who devote themselves to transporting our most precious cargo."

National College Fair Comes to Jacksonville

The National Association for College Admission Counseling will host its annual Regional College Fair where students and parents can meet with college admission representatives from across the country.