The morning of August 11 was very strange for me. For 34 years of my adult life, it was the “First Day of School.” Even though I was the teacher, and not the student, it was always an exciting day. Children are not the only ones that are anxious, nervous, and energized for the beginning of a new school year. There is a wonderful story called, First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, highlights a teacher and her emotions as she goes to school on the first day. My Kindergarten students were always shocked to think that I was nervous and sharing their same feelings on this special day.
Covid has made the last 18 months an extremely difficult time on all of us. We don’t really know the effects the uncertainty is having on our children and their daily lives. We all count on our educators to be there to support, love and teach our children. I retired from teaching right before the Covid outbreak, and I can’t even comprehend all that has been expected of our educators. They were expected to teach to students in their classrooms and online simultaneously. Their responsibilities were multiplied as they prepared and instructed our children during the day. The support staff must work under new conditions to be sure the schools are cleaned properly, children receive healthy meals, and children are transported safely.
The beginning of the school year marks a new opportunity for friends and social and emotional growth. This year our children are excited to be together, yet they are still having to be cautious. I am always impressed to see little kiddos wearing masks like it’s no big deal. I wish I was as comfortable in mine as they seem to be. You can still see their adorable smiles if you look into their eyes.
This year, more than ever, our educators and students need our support. Thank you to the Martin County voters for passing a bond for a brand new Palm City Elementary School. The new school is being built on the same property and will address some traffic concerns. The residents of 34th Street will be happy to know the main traffic flow will be on Palm City School Avenue, which will lessen the traffic on their street and the new and improved Mapp Road. The projected timeline for the school to be ready is in 2023.
Drive safely in the school zones and thank a teacher whenever you can.
Palm City has many new and exciting events to provide networking opportunities for our businesses as well fun for our community members.
The Mapp Road Ribbon Cutting Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 14th from 10:00AM-Noon. Local businesses will have merchandise and promotional items for attendees. There will be a short ribbon cutting program, food trucks and a children’s area including the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center and the Treasure Coast Humane Society. In addition, the fire station will have an Open House.
Friday, October 22nd grab your steins to attend Brews & Boos at Charlie Leighton Park from 6:00-9:00PM. This beer tasting festival is for adults over 21 with prizes for those participating in a costume contest.
The 2nd Annual Veterans Memorial Bridge 5K will be on Saturday, November 6th. This patriotic family run begins and ends at Jock Leighton Park. Registration for the run will be available on RunSignUp.
We had a blast this year at our Clay Shoot at the South Florida Shooting Club. We will be hosting this event again on Saturday, January 22, 2022.
Excitement will be building as we prepare for the 3rd Annual Cow Plop Bingo! Yes, you read that correctly, and it is exactly what you are thinking. We all gather and cheer for a cow to “plop” on your specified space. Squares can be purchased ahead of time or at the event. Family fun, Western style, out at the Rockin H Ranch on Sunday, February 27th. The Tom Jackson Band will be our featured entertainment, besides the cow, along with a petting zoo, food trucks, face painting, fairy hair and specialty vendors. Grab your cowboy hat and boots and plan to join in on this unique day.
These are a few upcoming events that have been created with our community in mind. Palm City is a blend of country and small town. We encourage everyone to participate in community-minded events because these events are what make our town, and Martin County, an amazing place to live, work, and play.
For more information on any of these events go to www.palmcitychamber.com or call us at 772-286-8121.