Flagler/St. Johns (April 26, 2021) The Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway are proud to announce the 12th annual Kids Ocean Day Florida, Environmental Education Fair for elementary school students on Friday, May 7th at Bay Drive Park in Palm Coast/The Hammock.

This special event promotes awareness, education and the encouragement of good stewardship for the protection of the environment for students.

The Fair, which includes hundreds of elementary school students, is by special invitation to area school children who will participate in environmental learning stations and aerial art at Bay Drive Park in Palm Coast/The Hammock, for a morning of fun learning about environmental conservation and wildlife.

The theme for the day is “Be An A1A Scenic Byway Sea Star” and the highlight will be the creation of students forming an aerial art piece in the sand, taken by photographer, John Merriam of Merriam Multimedia. Activities will feature demonstrations and learning fun for all, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Friends of A1A appreciate the support of the sponsors and exhibitors who help defray the expenses of T-shirts, buses, and other miscellaneous costs for the students associated with this event, which is free of charge to the children.  The majority of these students will be from Bunnell Elementary School in Flagler County and joined by homeschool students from across the community.

Canon Mullen – Official Selection 2021

Adding additional opportunities to engage students, Mr. Ed Beckett’s digital design students at Flagler Palm Coast High School submitted 23 poster concepts for the event. The Friends of A1A are pleased to recognize sophomore Canon Mullen as the Official Selection for this year’s event. Sophomore Natalia Crandall was voted as the People’s Choice selection. Recognition and prize awards will presented to both of the winners.

Natalia Crandall – People’s Choice 2021

“After cancelling last year’s in-person event, we are thrilled to see the smiles on the faces of students participating in the annual Kids Ocean Day Florida event,” said Friends of A1A vice president Adam Morley. “Countless children have benefited from the educational programming of this event, and we’re grateful to our partners who give their time to be educators for the younger generations, and help to create byway super stars,” he said.

The Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway is a non-profit organization that protects, preserves, promotes and enhances resources along the A1A All-American Road. This citizen’s advocacy group partners with municipalities, governmental agencies and other civic groups to maintain and improve resources along the corridor.

Designated in 2002, the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, Florida’s second All-American Road (2021), is rich in history, nature, archaeology, culture, scenery and recreation. The Friends of A1A’s efforts benefit residents and travelers alike maintaining identified intrinsic resources while allowing economic development.

Featured Photo: Flagler Palm Coast High School sophomore Natalia Crandall and sophomore Canon Mullen, digital design students of Mr. Ed Beckett, receive their prizes from Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway director Danielle Anderson as part of the Kids Ocean Day Florida 2021 Poster Contest, on April 26, 2021.