Support The SBJ McSheehy Shade Shelter
Kathleen McSheehy, a beloved member of our S. Bryan Jennings Elementary School family, along with her husband Lloyd, was tragically taken from us on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017. The long-time residents of Clay County were enroute to Orange Park to visit family and friends when they were involved in a terrible automobile collision on Hwy. 17, in Putnam County.
Kathy began teaching in Clay County at SBJ in 1981. She then moved to Clay High School from 1983 to 1989. After a stint in educational publishing, Kathy returned to her roots here at SBJ in 1998. It was her role as the SBJ Extended Studies (Gifted Program) teacher where she rose to the top of our hearts, forming lasting relationships with her peers, scholars, and their families. Kathy propelled her scholars to academic excellence through inspired lessons and innovative educational experiences creating a foundation for life-long learning. Kathy retired from SBJ in 2007, and eventually moved to Texas to be closer to her beloved grandchildren.
S. Bryan Jennings Elementary is an integral part of the Clay County School District of N.E. Florida. SBJ is a Title I school with 100% free breakfast and lunch daily, and located in Orange Park. This neighborhood school of approximately 525 scholars celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Our school does not have a covered area outside for Physical Education and recess, nor do we have a gymnasium. Due to normal school hours, outdoor activities including PE, sporting events, learning experiences, and recess occur during the peak sun hours of the day – between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. exposing our scholars to the searing rays of the sun! The CDC reports 68% to 90% of all melanoma (skin cancer) is a result from exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Our scholars need protection from this danger!
Because of educational budget restrictions, the Clay County School District is unable to financially support this most needed shade shelter. The cost of the shelter is $50,000. It would be a 50 x 80 x 12 double-dome hip design structure with galvanized steel posts and frames. The cost includes the assembly and installation with concrete footers.
The school is focusing all fundraising efforts to purchasing this much needed protection from ultraviolet radiation and the oppressive Florida heat. Our scholars have raised over $3,000 through lolly-pop and cookie dough sales , dances, and skate parties. They even paid ten cents per feather to ‘Feather’ their teacher. But we need more than the families of this Title I school can afford to donate. At this rate, it would take over 10 years to achieve our goal. We, the faculty and staff of SBJ, are reaching out to the public to help us keep our scholars safe and healthy.
Monica Claridge, S. Bryan Jennings’ PE Coach – and Teacher of the Year – is creating a fundraiser with YouCaring crowdfunding. This will be attached to the SBJ Facebook account, along with the SBJ website. To memorialize Mrs. McSheehy and the significant impact she made to SBJ, we will be dedicating the shelter in her honor. Scholars will benefit from her devotion to teaching for years to come by enjoying healthy physical activity protected under the cool, safe shadow of the McSheehy Shade Shelter.
Please help S. Bryan Jennings Elementary build this much needed shelter.