Press Release for Friday, January 10, 2014

UNF CDRC Hosts Bonfire and Night Walk During National School Choice Week

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Child Development Research Center will host a bonfire and nature trail night walk at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary as part of National School Choice Week.

National School Choice Week spotlights the importance of effective education options for children and families. The UNF CDRC is using this week to celebrate the tremendous student achievement, parental involvement, excellent teachers and unique learning environment at the Center.

The CDRC education celebration event is one of more than 5,000 independently-planned events that will be held across the country during the last week of January. This is the first year the Center has participated in this nationwide event. 

The evening will kick off with a night walk guided by a UNF Wildlife Sanctuary staff member, followed by a bonfire, where families can roast hot dogs and marshmallows. The bonfire will take place on the island of Lake Oneida, which is located in the Wildlife Sanctuary near the Parking Services Building, Building 52, at the main 295 campus entrance. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

The CDRC has 85 students from 2.5 years old through voluntary pre-kindergarten. Since 1975, the Center has given parents a choice when it comes to their children’s education. The CDRC is nationally accredited by NAEYC, has been awarded four stars from Guiding Stars and has received the Gold Seal Award from the Department of Children and Families.

For more information about this event, contact Pamela Bell, CDRC director, at (904) 620-2372 or at

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.