Flagler Boys Motivational Rally

The Flagler Boys Motivational rally! Help boys succeed! Rescheduled by sponsor. Check back soon for a 2013 date!

The statistics suggest that boys of all types are in trouble. They get worse grades. Many do poorly overall on some tests. They have more discipline problems. They are overrepresented in special education classes. Many are not graduating on time. The general pattern is reflected in college and beyond – fewer degrees awarded, longer graduation times, lesser job prospects, and more unstable relationships. Nor is this a mere “inner city” problem. The rise of a negative male “suburban slacker” is documented in books and media, all the way from high school into the adult years.

The Flagler Boys motivational rally seeks to get boys back on track. Areas to be covered:
  • Four positive programs that can turn around a boy’s life, from mentoring to structured learning circles
  • Positive community organizations to help boys
  • Six things parents can do to help boost boys’ self-confidence and academics
  • Four mysterious forces inside the mind of boys that make them act the way they do
  • Positive values production and experiential learning as an alternative to negative media culture


Don’t miss this rally for boys!
  • Food and refreshments
  • Raffle prize drawings
  • Positive character building
  • Talent show- hip hop, poetry, country, rock. Let us know if you want to be in the show
Time:  May 19, 2012: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wadsworth Elementary School Cafeteria, 4550 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast.
Sign up as an organization (church, club, non-profit, business), or individual youth participant now! Open to all youth. Deadline: May 15, 2012.

Print out form below and send email or call to register:

Full name: _____________________________________________________________
[ ]  Youth participant/attendee
[ ] Organization/Business

Age :____   Sex M/F?: ___   Grade: __________

Address: _____________________________________________________________


Phone: ___________________  E-mail:


[]I want to participate in the talent show. Circle one: Music?  Speech?  Dance?____________

[]  I want to be an in-kind sponsor.

Organization job title:  _____________________

Registration Contact: Reggie Williams 386-338-7779 or 569-8487
E-mail: AllKidsAreFirst@gmail.com
Web: AllKidsAreFirst.blogspot.com

Sponsored by: Espanola Community Action/St. Paul’s Church. Thanks to Flagler schools and Flagler Mentors also.


Historic Espanola schoolhouse returns to its youth – News Media Article

Daytona News-Journal on the All Kids Are First Old Schoolhouse
The News-Journal has followed the small Espanola community for years. The article writer Annie Martin, has an interesting take- the historic building, put out of commission by the sands of time and desegregation, makes a return not to “days of old” but to youth of the future- past and present thus combine in the building. Credit should be given to Rev. Frank Giddens Sr. whose hard work over several years restored the building structure bit by bit and grandson Reggie Williams who recruited local youth hard to participate.


Historic Espanola schoolhouse returns to its youth

By Annie Martin

Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

BUNNELL — Nestled on a residential street in rural Espanola, unknowing drivers could easily mistake the white one-story building for a modest home.

Look closer, though, and you’ll see an orange and black “Open” sign in one of the front windows and a handful of bikes parked on the grass. Walk through the front door on a weekday afternoon and you might find children sitting at a row of computers, playing board games or chatting on a couch at the St. Paul Youth Center.

The building, formerly the Espanola schoolhouse, is now a supervised “teen hangout.” It’s a place where Espanola children can play with friends, work on homework and hone their reading and writing skills. About 20 children between 8 and 17 years old use the youth center about four days per week.

It was once a single-room schoolhouse — the only local school for black children in the 1950s and early 1960s. Children in first to seventh grades gathered in the building, which had no indoor bathroom or electricity. The school fell into disrepair after the children were integrated into the county’s other schools.

The Rev. Frank Giddens, pastor of the neighboring St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, started the renovation process about 10 years ago. The building is now air-conditioned, with new plaster on the walls and carpet and tile on the floors. The church picks up the tab for insurance and utilities.

Within the last year, volunteers have added new sinks, along with computers, blackboards and history displays. The outside could use “a fresh coat of paint,” but children have been using the building regularly for about a year, assistant director Mark Noel said.

Espanola, a tiny town west of Bunnell, thrived during the early 1900s. It was a way station town on the railroad line and a center for timber and turpentine production. But now, residents say there’s little for Espanola children to do outside of school.

Elsie Chappell, an Espanola resident since the early 1950s, led the charge to build a community center that’s within sight of the youth center. She was disappointed when it closed a few years ago.

“They’re going to find something to do and if you keep them busy, that will keep them out of trouble,” Chappell said.

Continue to the full News-Journal article:

Teacher and Assistant Director Mark Noel