On behalf of the School Board and staff of St. Johns County School District, I want to wish you all a joyous holiday season. This is a wonderful time of the year in our schools with students, teachers and staff putting in the effort to finish the semester strong while eagerly anticipating a well deserved break.

As I visit schools this time of the year, I witness the spirit of giving at every turn. I am filled with pride at the effort put into helping those in need and am humbled by the overwhelming generosity. Seeing students have compassion and empathy towards others in our community shows the true character that our faculty, staff and families are working so hard to build. Each of our schools pride themselves with using this holiday season as a time to give back to the community in various ways. Over the last month, I have seen schools collaborating with one another through holding toy drives, partnering with local pet shelters, giving to children’s hospitals, donating to local food pantries and taking time to innovatively plan ways to give back to others in our community.

I am grateful for the limitless and continuous support of our community and faith-based organizations helping to meet the needs of our students and families. Annually, Somebody Cares St. Augustine collects and distributes winter coats for students. Hugs Across the County has partnered with schools to serve 1,000 students with its No Hungry Holiday bags. St. Johns CARES giving tree drive collected and donated over $40,000 in wish list items last year for students and community members, with needs that are vast and varied. Our ASSIST program has more than 418 homeless students identified to date. We are currently working with St. Johns Fire Rescue Department for its Firefighters for Families program. Many schools have clubs and community organizations that are supporting families directly. If you have interest in supporting a family during the holidays with gifts, food or other items, please contact out Student Services department at 904-547-7797.

Enjoy this time with your loved ones and appreciate the joy of this special season. I am humbled and honored to be your superintendent and look forward to continuing our learning and achievement journey together in 2020.



Tim Forson, Superintendent of Schools, St. Johns County School District