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Cupid’s Perfect Chocolate Cake

This Valentine’s Day, I am excited to serve up the Florida Standards in the sweetest way possible – PERFECT CHOCOLATE CAKE! My grandmother first made this recipe in 1982, and it quickly took the top spot in our hearts. I hope that your family enjoys this delicious dessert and the many great opportunities it provides for learning!

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Parental Involvement = Student Success

Your child’s academic achievement is often measured by personal drive and work ethic; but did you know that parental involvement also plays a pivotal role in your student’s achievement? Engaging in your child’s academics is not only beneficial to them, but to you as well. You will get a firsthand understanding of your child’s daily activities and experience the trends of today. This will help you better communicate with your student as well as offer support to your community. Here are a few things to consider when thinking about how you want to incorporate yourself into your child’s academics.

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Florida Bright Futures Ready, Set, Go! Part 2

Last week, we covered the Bright Futures basics, including eligibility requirements, necessary documentation and submission deadlines. Now it’s time to talk about what happens next. We’re staying consistent with the FAQ format to answer your questions about what to expect once you’ve completed the application process.

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Florida Bright Futures Ready, Set, Go! Part 1

In Florida, we are proud to have accessible and affordable higher education options. Still, students and their families are wise to take advantage of every available scholarship to keep post-graduation debt as low as possible. To date, the Bright Futures Scholarship has helped more than 725,000 Florida students attend a postsecondary institution, and your student could be among that growing number! We have compiled this three-part series to provide an overview of the Bright Futures process from start to finish. In today’s installment, we will go over initial eligibility requirements. Let’s get started!

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Jerkins’ Family Favorites, Winter Edition - Part Two

Today, I am thrilled to share two recipes that are perfect for holiday potlucks! They are portable and easy to save if there are leftovers, although I doubt there will be with my dad’s favorite pineapple casserole. Try these easy-to-make and easy-to-take recipes with your children and WOW your loved ones! You may even want to add them to your New Year's Day Dinner.

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Jerkins’ Family Favorites, Part 4

As Christmas approaches and we put together our menu for the Jerkins family dinner, I can’t help but think of dessert. Our family loves dessert and it is always the hardest part of the menu to choose. This year, we’ve decided on Hummingbird Cake. I am thrilled to share this recipe with you because it was one of my grandfather’s favorites that we have been cooking for almost 40 years. Plus, it offers many great opportunities to incorporate children into the preparation!

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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship: What You Should Know

The Florida Financial Aid Application is different from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submitting a Florida Financial Aid Application will only apply to Florida State Scholarship and Grant programs available at your institution. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to learn more information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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Nothing so Fuzzy about Florida Math Standards

Florida adopted its new mathematics statewide standards in 2014. Of all the content area standards, none have captured parental attention like the new mathematics standards. Math is one of those subjects where we as parents feel like we should be able to help our kids. Working together to solve a problem seems like a worthwhile family activity.

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