About half of Duval County Public School teachers leave the classroom within the first five years of teaching – a concerning fact when you consider that Jacksonville’s population continues to grow exponentially and that teachers hit their stride in the profession between the three and five year mark. That is why Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) calls on local artists of all ages and from all walks of life to participate in the Teachers Are More campaign, an initiative that aims to highlight the important role teachers play in our community.
The call will be open from Nov. 1to Jan. 12. Selected artists will have an opportunity to sell their work and will receive a $100 stipend. Pieces selected by jury will become part of a traveling interactive exhibit that will be unveiled at the 2018 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year EDDY Awards, Friday, Feb. 2.
Whether they’re arriving early to help students prep for a test or staying up late to grade papers, we all know teachers’ days don’t begin and end when the bell rings. Our teachers are more than instructional experts and often go above and beyond the call of duty - they’re friends, mentors, support systems and caretakers who shape young lives. Teachers lay the foundation for what our city is and what it has the potential to be. We invite local artists to create around this concept.
Art transcends barriers and brings communities together. By uniting to strengthen the systems that support child development, we are living up to our shared responsibility to make our city a place where all children can learn, grow and become responsible citizens themselves.
Do you have a story you’d like to share about an incredible teacher? Contact Charmaine Campo, Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications, at (904) 790-1178 or Charmaine@jaxpef.org for more information.
About the Jacksonville Public Education Fund
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization that works to spark innovation, relationships and resources to power the potential within and around our public schools to achieve excellent outcomes for all students. For more information, visit www.jaxpef.org or call (904) 356-7757.