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3/4/19: Teachers' Day of Action; Empathy Rally; The PLAYERS Championship; Cole Pepper

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Gauronskas, Paiva, Dillon and Brown in the Green Room (l-r)

More than 3,500 teachers and education staff professionals were expected to participate in rallies, sign waving, informational pickets and other activities throughout the state on Monday, including in Northeast Florida, for a "Day of Action." Their message: Fund public schools. Michelle Dillon, president of the St. Johns County Education Association; Carole Gauronskas, secretary-treasurer of the Florida Education Association; and Renna Lee Paiva, president of the Clay County Education Association, joined us for a closer look.

National Day of Empathy

What prison reform advocates are calling a National Day of Empathy is meant to draw attention to how millions of people are touched by the criminal justice system. On Tuesday, in observance of the day, Operation New Hope will host an Empathy Rally at UNF. Author, educator, and activist Khalil Osiris, the event’s featured speaker, joined us with a preview of the event.

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Hole 17 at The PLAYERS Championship

The PLAYERS Championship

The PLAYERS Championship returns to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach on March 12. And, organizers have a number of new things in store for fans this year. The PLAYERS Executive Director Jared Rice joined us with a sneak peek.

Cole Pepper

Cole Pepper joined us in the studio with more on The PLAYERS and all the other latest First Coast sports news.

Samantha Kindler can be reached at, 904-358-6317 or on Twitter at @kindlersamantha

Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?