Back-to-school celebration held at Cone Park

Randy Thomas, a balloon artist, works on a creation for a kid during the End-of-the Summer Back-to-School Celebration at Cone Park Branch Library in Gainesville Aug. 16, 2014.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:28 p.m.

The Alachua County Library District sponsored an end-of-summer back-to-school event Saturday at Cone Park to help students further their education.

The celebration at the Cone Park Library Branch at 2841 E. University Ave. provided ice cream sundaes as well as a live DJ, but most important was the information it imparted to students heading back to school. For Alachua County public schools, the first day back to class is Monday.

Santa Fe College representative Danielle Mercier handed out pamphlets to students with information on how to enroll at SF College.

"We're giving them the five easy steps to enroll and get into the college," she said. "We just really want to get our information out there and help students that want to go to college."

Teachers from MYcroSchool, an alternative school that allows students to re-enter school to receive their high school diploma, were also at the celebration.

The school, located at 2209 NW 13th St., allows students ages 16 to 24 to enter the program.

English teacher Nan Thomas said the program teaches students discipline and structure while they earn their diploma.

A representative from Pace Center for Girls was also at the event to give out information and accept applications.

Pace Center, located at 1010 SE Fourth Ave., is a nonprofit alternative school dedicated to middle and high school girls ages 12 to 17.

The center offers a credit retrieval program but also focuses on counseling for young girls.

Outreach counselor Val Soloman said the goal of the center is to give young girls confidence and self-esteem.

"We're hoping to give girls the skills that would help them be more successful in the classroom when they return to school," she said.

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