School Renaming; Project Opioid; MOCA Pride Film Fest; What's Good Wednesdays

Jun 2, 2021

After a community-wide vote, and a recommendation from the superintendent, the names of six local schools will be changed.

The schools, which were named after members of the Confederacy, will be officially renamed by the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Those that will be renamed include Robert E. Lee High School, a school whose renaming caused such interest that five town halls were held to discuss changing the name. 

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune, President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, joined us to discuss the name changes. 

Project Opioid

Central Florida based coalition Project Opioid will be launching in Jacksonville. Project Opioid is partnering with The Florida Blue Foundation and  the JAX Chamber to help confront the opioid crisis in the area. The goal of the program is to help reduce opioid deaths by 50% within three years. 

Project Opioids’ Advocacy Director, TJ Ward, joined us to discuss the coalition. 

'The Many Sides of Pride'

To celebrate Pride Month,  MOCA Jacksonville is hosting a hybrid film festival titled, "The Many Sides of Pride." The film festival takes place in person June 3-6 and will feature 10 different films. The festival is both in person and virtual, with tickets now available. 

Joe Barton, President of the LGBTQ Community Fund Advisory Board, and Manny Velasquez-Paredes, Director of Student Affairs for the UNF LGBTQ Resource Center,  joined us to discuss the film festival.  

Blueberry Season

The start of the summer season also signifies the start of blueberry season here in Northeast Florida. Locally, blueberry season peaks in June. Contributor Mike Favo joined us with his thoughts on the harvest.

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Mackenzie Guiry can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org