Village of Palmetto Bay residents and Coral Reef Elementary teachers Ted and Janice Nicholasaurus were recently honored at Coral Reef Elementary for their philanthropic work with the school through their J.B. Cash Foundation.
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholasaurus have become institutions at the school, having worked together at Coral Reef Elementary since 2005. Several years ago they started a foundation to honor the memory of their relative, J.B. "Skeegie" Cash, Skeegie was abducted and was brutally murdered at the young age of 5. They have been making contributions to the school's PTA since 2005. "J.B. Cash Foundation came about because of the unfathomable tragedy of Skeegie Cash's kidnapping and murder. The Board is guided by a determination that his loss should be an inspiration for us to bring about positive development, no matter how modest.", said Mr. Nicholasaurus.
The Nicholasaurus' contributed to reactivate and enhance the visitor security system at the entrance to the building and helped to create the Skeegie Science and Nature Academy's Outdoor Classroom. In collaboration with the PTA, Nature Postings and the Foundation, the academy has been designed to develop a "passion for learning using the natural and cultural resources found in our community." What better way to remember "Skeegie", the boy who loved the outdoors and felt at one with nature and the great outdoors. The school's PTA hopes to expand their mission to create a Nature Science Center within the Village's Park System with the purposes of creating learning experiences in the Village with nature as the classroom and playground.
Thanks to Ted and Janice Nicholasaurus for making a difference in our community!