Domestic violence hotline calls up

Source: Wikimedia Commons As awareness of domestic violence increases, men’s groups are joining the fight to eradicate it through education.

Source: Wikimedia Commons
As awareness of domestic violence increases, men’s groups are joining the fight to eradicate it through
education.

Brandon Zeris
Staff Writer
TREASURE COAST — Since NFL running back Ray Rice started making national headlines for punching his fiancée, Janay Palmer, and knocking her out on an elevator, more women are seeking help for domestic violence.
Spikes like this happen often when high profile cases happen, according to Jill Borowicz, CEO of the Treasure Coast SafeSpace, an organization that helps women facing domestic violence issues.
“Last Monday, our calls tripled. We usually get two or three a day. Now, we’re getting about 12,” Borowicz said.

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Teacher wins national VFW award

Photo courtesy of Soo Keller Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School, Port St. Lucie, teacher Shirley Helton recently received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year award. From left are Kevin Perry, assistant superintendent, St. Lucie School District; Lydia Martin, executive director of schools; Jennifer Hedeen, principal, Fairlawn Elementary; T. Wayne Markham,  commander, VFW Florida; Shirley Helton; Daniel Duffy, National VFW Council Administration; Genelle Yost, superintendent, St. Lucie School District; and Jack Willis, VFW District 11 commander.

Photo courtesy of Soo Keller
Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School, Port St. Lucie, teacher Shirley Helton recently received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year award. From left are Kevin Perry, assistant superintendent, St. Lucie School District; Lydia Martin, executive director of schools; Jennifer Hedeen, principal, Fairlawn Elementary; T. Wayne Markham,
commander, VFW Florida; Shirley Helton; Daniel Duffy, National VFW Council Administration; Genelle Yost, superintendent, St. Lucie School District; and Jack Willis, VFW District 11 commander.

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer
When an official from the national Veterans of Foreign Wars called fifth-grade teacher Shirley Helton to tell her she’d won a prestigious award, “I think I screamed,” she said, laughing.
Helton retired from teaching at Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School in Port St. Lucie this year, but not before being selected for the VFW Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award for 2013-2014.

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