Duval County Public School teacher awarded $1,000 Community First Innovation Prize


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 12, 2016 —The Community First Cares Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Community First Credit Union, announces the recipient of the Community First Innovation Prize honoring creativity and innovation in classroom instruction in Duval County. Susan Burns will be honored with the Innovation Prize at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s 26th Annual EDDY Awards in February.

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PowerUP Jax Lightning Round winner to receive additional award for classroom project


We gave the community a chance to read the projects of the 20 winners from the Fall 2016 PowerUP Jax cycle, and vote for the one they found most innovative and impactful in a two week Lightning Round. The contest has closed, and a winner has been selected. 

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Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite PowerUP Jax project!


Twenty teachers were selected to receive grants from the Community First Cares Foundation to fund innovative projects in their classrooms, and now they each have the chance to win an extra $150 to put toward their project – but they need YOUR help!

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Twenty Duval County Public School teachers awarded $500 PowerUP Jax innovation grant


Jacksonville Public Education Fund along with lead sponsor, Community First Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of Community First Credit Union, announce the recipients of 20 PowerUP Jax innovation grants to public school teachers in Duval County. Each recipient will receive a $500 grant to support their classroom projects.

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PowerUP Jax grants support and empower our best educators


PowerUP Jax is only for the creative and innovative educators in Duval County Public Schools. The one-page application is simple to complete, but can have a huge impact inside your classroom! We know you have exciting and creative ideas to get your students engaged in learning, and along with Community First Cares Foundation, we want to help you bring those ideas to life.

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2019 Education Poll

Support for half-cent tax 

In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, the Jacksonville community said once again they would support a small tax for schools.

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85.1 % of students district-wide graduated high school in 2018, a record high.

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