It Takes a Village: Free Press Shares Communication Careers at Tiger Academy

Hundreds of students in grades pre-k thru 5th (ages 4-11) participated in Tiger Academy’s annual career day. Inquisitive students had the opportunity to ask hands on questions to professionals representing diverse careers. The presentation groups had 20-40 students in them and lasted 30 minutes.  The students walked around and asked questions and accepted flyers or any other materials the professionals brought with them to read at their leisure.  Careers represented included, sports, medicine, real estate, politics, legal, civil service and communications.

“It is a pleasure to be here to talk to our city’s future,” said career participant mentor Lynn Jones. With a twenty-year multi-faceted communications resume, Jones eagerly answered questions ranging from the famous people she has interviewed to how long is her work day.

Tiger Academy focuses on rigorous academic standards, character development, personal and social responsibility and strong family involvement, while providing each child with a structured and nurturing learning environment. The learner-centered culture includes a 7 ½ hour school day and a 200-day school year, with before and after school care available. Through a unique partnership with the Johnson Family YMCA, Tiger Academy’s students enjoy enrichment opportunities and benefit from family support services. Tiger Academy provides, not only a high-quality education for the children growing up in northwest Jacksonville, but the encouragement and support they need to succeed.  Tiger Academy is a free public school, where the staff believes a school should be more than a place to learn reading, writing and arithmetic. Staff approaches the education of each child with a commitment to helping him or her grow in spirit, mind and body. For more information on Tiger Academy’s School Accountability Report visit Shown is Math Coach Tonia Fuller with Janay Milton’s 1st Grade class students Keyara Clark, Josiah Williams, Zari chance, Teshonte Knighten, Ephriam Singleton, Zaylee Booth, and Trayson Bonnett listinening intently to Jacksonville Free Press Editor and journalist Lynn Jones.



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