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[January 30, 2013]

Main Street America & JAX Chamber Donate Funds to Spearhead Community Outreach for Local School

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--

Donations by The Main Street America Group and the JAX Chamber have helped launch a community outreach program initiated by Jacksonville's Woodland Acres Elementary School. The initiative was announced at the JAX Chamber 128th Annual Meeting held last week at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Proudly displaying donations received from the JAX Chamber and The Main Street America Group are (l ...

Proudly displaying donations received from the JAX Chamber and The Main Street America Group are (l to r): Woodland Acres Elementary School Principal Timothy Feagins; Woodland Acres students Jordon Fisher, Jayden Ross, Iymen Johnson and Inayaa Johnson; and Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida. (Photo: Business Wire)

Main Street America donated $2,000 and the JAX Chamber donated $1,000 to fund the program. The checks were presented to Woodland Acres principal Timothy Feagins by Tom Van Berkel at the Chamber's Annual Meeting. Van Berkel, who served as Chamber chair in 2012, led the meeting.

"The Main Street America Group exemplifies what a partnership should be between a local business and a public school," Feagins told the audience of more than 1,100 local business leaders who are members of the JAX Chamber. "Main Street America provides our school wih in-house tutoring by their employees, book drives and supply drives. They also host a field trip every year for our entire fifth grade class to visit their corporate headquarters. They lend endless support to us throughout the entire school year."

"We service nearly 700 students at Woodland Acres," Feagins continued. "With this donation, we will be able to extend community outreach to all of our parents to deliver them hands-on, state-of-the-art professional development to help them become the best supporters in their child's education."

Main Street America's partnership with Woodland Acres began in 2009 through the University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services' (COEHS) Urban Schools Program. Dr. Larry Daniel, the COEHS dean, and four Woodland Acres students also participated in last week's ceremony.

About The Main Street America Group

With roots dating back to 1923, The Main Street America Group is a super regional insurance company which writes business through nine property/casualty insurance carriers: NGM Insurance Company, Old Dominion Insurance Company, Main Street America Assurance Company, MSA Insurance Company, Great Lakes Casualty Insurance Company Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company, Main Street America Protection Insurance Company, Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company and Austin Mutual Insurance Company. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Main Street America offers a wide range of commercial and personal insurance, and fidelity and surety bond products to individuals, families and businesses throughout the United States.

With nearly $1 billion in premium written exclusively by 2,000-plus independent insurance agents, the 90-year-old company insures more than 600,000 policyholders in 36 states and writes bonds in 46 states. A.M. Best Company rates The Main Street America Group as an "A" (Excellent). Main Street America is the founding company partner of Trusted Choice®, the global branding program of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. Main Street America is also an investor in the new independent agency system Consumer Agent Portal. For more information about Main Street America, please visit or connect with us on Facebook (News - Alert) at

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