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Jimmy O’Toole Osceola

Posted By Angelia Nguyen, Saturday, December 7, 2013
Garden 430 Jimmy O' Toole Oseceola

Coconut Creek Elementary School Garden 
500 NW 45th Ave, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

In memory and dedication for Jimmy O’Toole Osceola, the flowers were planted at the Coconut Creek Elementary school in Broward County. The flowers were planted here at the school because Jimmy Osceola always mentions how children played a pivotal role in society and said how the values of culture and morals should first be taught to the children first. When children grow, their expansion of interest and knowledge does as well. For Jimmy, he had believed and loved his history because he deeply respected his Seminole ancestors ever since he was little. He grew up being exposed and influenced from his family about this. The family ties and the importance of tradition played a big part of his life as he grew up. He wanted to preserve the history of his ancestors thus he helped make aware of the Seminoles in our time. I picked this elementary school to plant these flowers for Jimmy because he believes that things start at a young age and to teach them the important values so the knowledge of the history of Seminoles can always be passed down and not die within our generation. Jimmy feels that the knowledge is being lost so he wants to teach others the traditions of his people as well. There has been Seminole Tribal Festivals that were held when Jimmy was still alive and he mentioned how he hopes to expect schools to come to be educated about their history and customs and still have fun but still get to experience what Seminole culture is all about.



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