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3/13/2018: Student Walkout: Austism Symposium; Moveable Feast; First Coast Connect Book Club

Mikaela Lefrak

Tuesday on First Coast Connect, ahead of Wednesday’s expected walkout by students around the country, we spoke with parent Patrick O’Donoghue and students Mia Cleary of Ponte Vedra High, Ajay Sasha of Nease High and Monique Sampson from UNF Students for a Democratic Society (01:06).  

We heard about an upcoming symposium on autism at the University of North Florida with doctors Celine Saulnier and Nathan Call along with parent Jackie Bargas and her autistic son St. John (31:19).

Moveable Feast featured international hospitality consultant Sandi Galloway (39:02).

First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring featured the book Little Fires Everywhere (46:00).    

Student Walkout

Students across the country, and here in our area, say they’ll walk out of school Wednesday morning.

It’s part of the national #NeverAgain movement being led by young people as they protest school shootings and call for gun reform in America.

The students will walkout for 17 minutes to remember the 17 who were killed in the Parkland shootings.

Autism Symposium

The latest research on medical interventions for autism will be center stage Wednesday in Jacksonville.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital, University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville and Baptist Health present the 10th Annual Autism Symposium on Wednesday. It’s taking place on the UNF campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University Center.

Moveable Feast

Everything from etiquette to attire makes for a great staff at a top-notch resort. It’s all part of the fine art of hospitality.

In Tuesday’s Moveable Feast, our look at dining and entertainment trends around the First Coast, Leigh Cort of the Women’s Food Alliance talks with Sandi Galloway, an international consultant who trains hospitality and corporate staff.

Book Club

Little Fires Everywhere by bestselling author Celeste Eg is what we’re reading this month.           

Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Little Fires Everywhere tells the story of Elena Richardson, a woman who thrives on structure and rules, and her family. When Mia Warren, an artist who has been living a nomadic lifestyle as a single mother with her daughter, Pearl, arrives in town, it threatens everything that Mrs. Richardson has known.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.