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Happy Holidays 2018
 We would like to wish everyone a Safe & Happy Holiday season
from all of us at
Joseph H. Messina Children's Center!

 Dates to Remember

Dec 5th: Fire Department visits 10:00am

Dec 19th: Page Field Convalescent Socks with Love

Dec 20th: Gingerbread Houses with Wells Fargo Volunteers

Dec 20th: Taming TV with the University of Florida Parent Workshop 5:00pm-6:00pm

Dec 20th: CAC Family Fun Night ... more to come

Dec 24th-25th: Center Closed

Dec 26, 27, 28, Jan 2, 3, 4, 7, 8: Public Schools Closed. Messina Center Open

Dec 31st-Jan1st: Center Closed


Be Sure to check out our Facebook page!

Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News



Messina 2017 (57)aPlease help us collect socks and scarves for the residents of the Page Field Convalescent Center.  This will be our fourth year collecting socks for the residents.  The staff at Page Field have also asked the children for scarves.  Children will also be busy creating Holiday Cards.  On Wednesday, December 19th, the children will go from room to room delivering Holiday Cards and the gift of warm socks and scarves as they sing Holiday songs through the hallways.  Please help us reach our goal of 300 pairs of warm socks and scarves, to keep the feet and hearts of our elderly warm.  Parents are welcome to join us on December 19th at 10:00AM.  Come feel the JOY!


family nutrition program

December 20th, 2018

Join us for our December Parent Workshop in our initiative to bring healthy foods and lifestyles to parents.  Learn problem solving tricks for replacing screen-time with playtime. We encourage all of our parents to attend to help us help you become a healthy and active family.  From 5:00pm-6:00pm.


Messina 2017 (56)aDecember 20th, 2018 at 4:00pm

The Tigers will be celebrating the Holiday Season with our friends from Wells Fargo on December 20th at 4:00pm.  The children and volunteers will be making Gingerbread Houses and decorating cookies. This is the second year Wells Fargo has donated their time to make our Holiday Season special.



Messina 2015 Santa hugDecember 21st, 2018

Join the children as they celebrate the Holiday Season on Friday, December 21st.  Messina is hosting a Winter Wonderland Event.  The children will be making holiday gifts and ornaments and they will be decorating cookies and constructing gingerbread houses.  Come enjoy holiday songs, friendship and cheer with the Messina and Early Learning Coalition Staff.  Mrs. Clause and Santa will be here and a special surprise from the Port Authority Officers.  Parents are welcome to join the children in their celebration.


coconut snowballs

No Bake Snow Balls


1 cup granola
1/2 cup peanut butter, all-natural
3 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
1/3 cup coconut flakes


Mix granola, peanut butter, honey, and cereal in a bowl.  Pour coconut on parchment paper.

Drop spoonfuls of peanut butter mixture onto coconut, and roll into a ball, using the coconut to prevent it from sticking to your hands.


During the holiday season, let us remember the most precious gifts: being together, sharing simple acts of beauty and lovingness and fun.  Not all gifts are found in catalogs or websites.  The simple gifts we cherish are always returned!

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"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”

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