VR flight-training program expanding
As the flight-training industry increasingly moves toward virtual reality as one way to combat the looming pilot shortage, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will expand its VR capabilities this fall to allow 100 more students to advance through the program.
By having students begin their training in the virtual space, they save both time and money, according to Dr. Ken Byrnes, Flight Department chair and assistant dean of the College of Aviation. ERAU’s new VR training regimen for all Flight students on the Daytona Beach Campus, for instance, reduced the amount of time it takes pilots-in-training to make it to their first solo flight by 30% in the program’s inaugural year.
Memorial scholarship fund established at DSC
Ormond Beach chiropractor Dr. Larry Petker and his family have established an endowed scholarship fund with the Daytona State College Foundation in memory of his wife, Sandi, who died in December.
The Sandi Petker RN Endowed Scholarship will support students preparing for careers as registered nurses through the Bob & Carol Allen School of Nursing at DSC.
Ms. Petker, a native of Princeton, W.V., graduated from Daytona Beach Community College (now DSC) in 1966 and embarked on a 32-year career in nursing, mostly as a RN at Halifax Health Medical Center. In 1995, she was recognized as Employee of the Year.
More than $6,500 in additional support for the scholarship fund has been received from family members, friends and former colleagues, and the fund continues to grow.
Students interested in applying for a scholarship should visit daytonastate.edu/scholarships. To donate to the new fund, visit petkerscholarship.daytonastatefoundation.org.
For more information, visit daytonastate.edu/nursing.
Food Brings Hope giving away school supplies
Food Brings Hope Community Food & School Supply Giveaway will start at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug, 8, at Forough B. Hosseini Hall, Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Students also can learn about college enrollment and community resources. Face masks are recommended.
For more information, call (386) 317-5767 or email [email protected]
The Outreach Community Care Network is accepting donations of new backpacks and school supplies through Wednesday, Aug.10, for children and teens in its mental health program.
Monetary donations are accepted. A $25 donation will ensure one child or teen receives a new backpack filled with school supplies, such as pencils, notebooks, crayons, folders, binders, rulers, and more.
Items may be dropped off at or checks mailed to 240 N. Frederick Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Participants may also purchase school supplies directly from the Amazon Wish List at: smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/I6S6Y1Z7O3IW/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl/.
For more information, contact Lavonda West at [email protected] or (386) 255-5569.
Free school shots available
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County is offering free immunizations for students entering kindergarten and seventh grade.
Immunizations are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at 1845 Holsonback Drive and 421 S. Keech St., both in Daytona Beach.
Immunizations also are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays at 717 W. Canal St. in New Smyrna Beach and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday at 775 Harley Strickland Blvd. in Orange City.
There will be extended hours (until 6 p.m.) Aug. 10-12 and 15 at 1845 Holsonback Drive and 775 Harley Strickland Blvd.
Parents should bring shot records with them when requesting immunizations. To reduce wait times, appointments are recommended by calling (386) 274-0509. For more information, visit volusiahealth.com/shots.
Teachers can apply for mini-grants
The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications for its Blue School Grant Program.
The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Teachers in grades six to 12 at public and charter schools within the district are eligible. Grantees will be notified at the end of October.
The district offers up to $2,000 per teacher/school for project proposals that address key concepts of watershed/ecosystem understanding, water quality, and human use (supply and conservation).
For more information, visit sjrwmd.com/education/blue-school/.
Palmer College awards degrees
Port Orange students graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus in Port Orange June 17 were:
•Lionel Guzman Mendez
Palmer College has campuses in Davenport, Iowa; San Jose, Calif.; and Port Orange.
Local students named to Dean’s List
These Port Orange and South Daytona students were named to the spring 2022 Dean’s List at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida Campus in Port Orange.
Port Orange residents were:
•Dillon Cruz Del Valle
•Blake Valentino o
•Also, Dominic Oramas of South Daytona
Slide Out of Summer
Port Orange Parks and Recreation will host Slide Out of Summer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Riverwalk Park, 3459 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.
There will be school supplies while they last, water slides, food trucks and live music. Admission is free.
For more information, call (386) 506-5851 or visit port-orange.org/events.
Back to School Bash
Presented by Daytona International Speedway, this free event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Volusia Mall, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
The event features local family-friendly services and resources, and afterschool programs. Children of all ages can enjoy a reptile petting zoo, face painting, Nerf Wars, photo booth, meet & greets and performances.
Register for free tickets at Eventbrite. For vendor information, email [email protected]
Catholic schools offer free breakfast/lunch
Lourdes Academy and the Basilica School of St. Paul will offer the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs for the 2022-23 school year.
All students will be served breakfast and lunch free at Lourdes at 1014 N. Halifax Ave. and the Basilica at 317 Mullaly St., both in Daytona Beach.
For more information, contact your student’s school.
Backpack and school supply giveaway
Edgefest will host a back-to-school backpack and school supply giveaway from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Whistle Stop Park, 651 Roberts Road, Edgewater.
There will be music, vendors and food. For more information, email [email protected] or call (386) 424-2400, ext 1340.