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Mar 03

Around Town: Highlights in the Community February 2023

Posted on March 3, 2023 at 11:01 AM by Stacy VanCamp

City of Apopka Highlights for February 2023

Best Foot Forward Program

The Best Foot Forward Program brings awareness to pedestrian safety at busy street crosswalks, such as the crosswalk on Votaw near Apopka Memorial Middle School.

Mayor, Police Officers, and Best Foot Forward Representative pose in front of street crosswalk

Miller's Ale House Coming to Apopka

The City is excited to announce Miller's Ale House is coming to the Apopka City Center.  Mayor Nelson recently met with Michael Wisdom of Wisdom Development Group to discuss Wisdom's vision for the new restaurant.

 Michael Wisdom, Mayor Nelson, Craig Govan, and Baxter Govan meeting at Mayor's office

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

The Apopka Police Department honored its crossing guards with an appreciation event to say thank you for all that they do to keep our children safe as they make their way to school each day!

The Police Chief and Mayor pose with the City's Crossing Guards in the patrol room.

Seniors Program

The Recreation Department hosted a Seniors Valentine and Wellness Expo. The event featured a concert with the sounds of Sammie Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra and included health and wellness exhibitors providing screenings and informative tips for seniors.

Crowd photo of senior citizens at tables in the community center

Future Farmers of America

Students in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program from area schools including Apopka High School, Wekiva High School, Apopka Memorial Middle School (pictured), Piedmont Lakes Middle School, and Wolf Lake Middle School attended the City Council meeting to celebrate FFA Week.

Apopka Memorial Middle School Future Farmers of America students pose with City Council

Celebrating Legends of Apopka

Students in the Apopka Youth Council collaborated with the Apopka Historical Society regarding the booklet, Celebrating Legends of Apopka, to highlight local, prominent citizens as part of Black History Month. The booklet was presented to the community at a recent city council meeting.

Members of the Community and Apopka Museum pose with City Council members in the Chamber.

Wekiva High School Culinary Team

Students from Wekiva High School's Culinary Program competed in the Regional Competition for the National NASA Hunch Culinary Challenge to provide a meal for astronauts. Wekiva was one of ten teams nationwide in the competition.

Students in the Wekiva High School Culinary Program preparing gumbo for judges

Black History Month Program

An event was held at the Billie Dean Community Center at Alonzo Williams Park to honor twenty-eight trailblazers that have paved the way for so many in our community. The Celebrating Legends of Apopka booklet, a collaboration between the Apopka Youth Council and Apopka Historical Society, celebrates local, prominent citizens in honor of Black History Month. 

Members of the community celebrate local Apopka citizens as part of Black History Month.

Job Training Fair

The Mayor, Chamber of Commerce, Apopka High School, and Wekiva High School hosted a job training fair for undecided and at-risk students heading into their final months of high school. The job training fair highlighted technical and trade programs for those students looking for options beyond college.

Top photo shows students and exhibitors in Wekiva High's gym.  The bottom is same at Apopka High.

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