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• Teachers (pre-K through grade 12) can apply for Innovation in Education grants (up to $2,500) funded by Cox Communications employees through the Cox Charities Innovation in Education program. Deadline is Feb. 28. Visit www.CoxCharitiesSER.org.
The grants support «technology, programs and curriculum that promote students’ academic success and enhance the educational experience,» Cox said. Cox, a division of Cox Enterprises, is the largest private telecom company in America and serves 6 million homes and businesses across 18 states.
• The United Way of Marion County seeks volunteers for this year’s Annual Day of Caring, which will be 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 27 at three megasites: The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County, The Salvation Army – Ocala, and The Centers.
«The Annual Day of Caring offers area businesses, individuals, organizations and civic clubs the opportunity to help accomplish projects during one day of organized volunteerism,» United Way said in a news release. Visit https://www.volunteermarioncounty.org/day-of-caring
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• Lauren Debick, the director of public relations at Ocala Health, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Ocala chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. The meeting will be held by Zoom from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 19. The title of Debick’s presentation is “Love yourself, love your life and love your career.” The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Reservation deadline is Feb. 15. Visit https://www.fpraocala.org/professional-development/monthly-programs/
• The College of Central Florida’s Business and Technology Department will host a free, online event for students interested in about careers in logistics and supply chain management from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Register at CF.edu/BusTechEvents. For more information, contact Bonnie Hays at haysb@CF.edu.
• John A. Paglia III has been promoted to president of IMG, the parent company of Florida Express Environmental.
• Golf ball company Volvik USA will the presenting sponsor of the LPGA Drive On Championship, which will be planed March 4-7 at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.
• Bonnie Dorr, associate director of The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s Ocala branch, has been named a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery.
Dorr is one of IHMC’s senior researchers and is recognized «as one of the nation’s leaders in the field of natural-language processing,» IHMC said in a news release.
“This is a great honor for Bonnie,” said IHMC CEO Ken Ford. “She has had such a distinguished career. Her expertise extends from cyber security to social computing to artificial intelligence. It is great to see her recognized for the important work she does.”
• The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Ocala a 2020 Tree City USA.
«Ocala achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation,» the city said in a news release.