Student Scholarship Opportunity

Once again, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott have invited all Florida students to participate in the annual Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests, which will be centered around the theme, “A Celebration of Innovative Hispanic-American Leaders.” Students in grades K-3 have a chance to win a cash prize by submitting artwork, and students in grades 4-12 can earn a 4-YEAR FLORIDA PREPAID SCHOLARSHIP through the essay contest.

Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.

All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 15, 2018.  Click here to learn more about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and contests.

2018 Gridiron Cooking Challenge

The Dairy Council of Florida is accepting recipes for its fifth annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun-filled cooking competition for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida.

Download their FREE recipe book from last year’s Gridiron finalists.

Gridiron Cooking Challenge Rules

2018 Entry Form

2018 Entry Form EXAMPLE

Gridiron Cooking Challenge Rules

Beat the Heat

Summer HeatSummer is here and the temperature is climbing.  With the mercury already reaching into the 90’s it is very important to be safe when you and your family are enjoying the Florida summer.  The National Weather Service reports that heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.  Below are some simple tips to beat the heat and symptoms to be aware of if you think someone is suffering from a heat related illness.

  • Listen to your local weather – be aware of how hot it is going to be for the day.  Pay attention not only to the temperature but also to the heat index.  The high humidity can make 89˚ feel like 104˚.
  • Keep a bottle of water with you – carrying a bottle of water with you is an easy way to stay hydrated.  The high heat can dehydrate you very easily.  Make sure to fill up your water bottle and refill it when you’re finished.
  • Try to avoid being outside in the middle of the day – the day is hottest between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  If you must to be outside during this time, try and find shade when available.  If it is not necessary, try being outside before or after this time.
  • Wear protective and cool clothing – if you’re going to be outside wear clothing that protects your body and keeps it cool.  Wearing a hat and sunglasses is a good way to protect your face.  If you have dry fit or moisture wicking clothing, wear that when you’re outside.  This technology will help you stay cool.


Heat-Related Illness Symptoms and First Aid from the National Weather Service.

Heat Cramps


  • Painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in legs and abdomen
  • Heavy sweating

First Aid:

  • Apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gentle massage to relieve spasm.
  • Give sips of water, if nausea occurs, discontinue water

Heat Exhaustion


  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cool, pale, clammy skin
  • Weak pulse
  • Possible muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Normal temperature possible

First Aid:

  • Move person to a cooler environment
  • Remove or loosen clothing
  • Apply cool, wet cloths
  • Fan or move victim to air conditioned room
  • Offer sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue water. If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.

Heat Stroke (or sunstroke)


  • Altered mental state
  • Possible throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing
  • High body temperature (106°F or higher)
  • Skin may be hot and dry, or patient may be sweating
  • Rapid pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

First Aid:

  • Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Summon emergency medical assistance or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.
  • Move the victim to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned, environment
  • Reduce body temperature with a water mister and fan or sponging
  • Use fan if heat index temperatures are below the high 90s
  • Use extreme caution
  • If temperature rises again, repeat process
  • Do NOT give fluids


Summer Safety Tips

kids in poolWith Memorial Day past us, it is the unofficial start of summer.  Kids will be getting out of school soon and playing outside for most of the day.  In the Florida sun, it is important to remember a few things that can affect us when we’re outside.  You don’t want your kids, or yourself for that matter, overheating, dehydrating, getting sun burnt or being unsafe around the pool.  Check out our list of summer safety tips from the CDC and  If you have one to add, put it in the comment section below.


  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car even with the windows open.  Cars can heat up to over 130˚F.
  • Be aware of when your children are playing outside.  With temperatures reaching into the 100˚’s, the best time to be outside is in the morning or evenings.
  • Check playground equipment to make sure it is safe and working properly.
  • Supervise young children at all times.
  • Wear protective clothing including a hat and sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen is a must.  Look for products that protect against UVA and UVB and an SPF of at least 15.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen liberally 30 minutes before going into the sun and reapply every two hours or sooner.
  • If your kids are playing in the water, make sure an adult is always present and paying attention.
  • Make sure your kids know how to swim and if not get them swimming lessons.
  • If you’re out on a boat, make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket and that it fits properly.