JWJ in the MEDIA
Other elements include a skateboarding contest, demos and clinic, tie-dye factory, vegan food village, balloon pool party, art installations, live music, and the unveiling of the new Snake Run mural by artist Halsi. Installation artists include Shannon Rose Greene, MadreGabs, Nico, Halsi, Parker Burrer, Bobby K, and Amanda Holloway with her students from James Weldon Johnson Middle School.
The mural, which was designed by students from James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School and their art teacher, Amanda Holloway, was inspired by Taylor Richardson, a 7th grade student at The Boles School who has aspirations of becoming a scientist, engineer, and an astronaut. Richardson recently raised over $100,000 through a crowdsourcing campaign to sponsor 1,000 young girls to see Disney's “A Wrinkle in Time” in theaters at no expense.
Members of the James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School Public Art Club put their creativity on public display in two community mosaic murals produced by former Avondale residents Kate and Kenny Rouh, of RouxArt. The opportunity began in 2018 when their art teacher, Amanda Holloway, found a grant that would enable them to work
Despite going up against numerous high schools, four teams from James Weldon Johnson Middle School captured the top four spots in a "Stock Market Simulation" competition recently.
Seven other James Weldon Johnson teams finished in the top 20 among teams competing in the Northeast Florida Region of the contest, sponsored by the Florida Council on Economic Education.
Teachable Moments; Middle School Language Arts Teacher Now a Resource for All Colleagues and Students Alike Thrive on Her Energy, Creativity
Dayna Yarbrough's classroom is a busy place first thing in the morning. The children filing in and getting caught up on their gossipy updates are energy enough, but it was her fellow teachers coming in and out that added to the positive energy in the room. One teacher came in to touch base and pick up the extra cupcakes they had shared with students the day before. Another stopped by for help with a poem that she was going to teach that day, and the substitute teacher who had come to take over for the day waited patiently to see if Yarbrough would actually go home.
Yarbrough is more than an English teacher - she has become a resource.