CHECK THAT BACKPACK: A Pasco school nurse has taken up the cause of protecting children's backs from overloaded backpacks. Tips included.
MORE ON THE MOM FIGHT: A lawyer for the Westchase Elementary mom arrested after punching another mom during lunch time says racial name calling sparked the incident. A Sheriff's Office account tells a different story.
A HARD TIME TO BE A KID: Hernando conducts its first Summit for Youth, where participants talk about how to improve the lives of county youngsters and teens.
HAPPY 30TH: Woodland Elementary in Zephyrhills celebrates its 30th anniversary by focusing students' attention on the number 30.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Walk for Pride puts kids in the loop for fundraising (Moton Elementary); Program brings justice, civics to life (Tyrone Middle); Family literacy day encourages relatives to read and relax (Bishop Larkin Catholic)
NI HAO, KIDS: Students at a Naples elementary school join the growing trend of learning Mandarin Chinese as part of their daily curriculum, the Naples Daily News reports.
STAY ON YOUR SIDE: The Escambia County, Alabama, School Board won't let its students cross the state line to attend school in Escambia County, Florida, anymore, Northescambia.com reports. More from the Atmore (Ala.) Advance here.
A DAD IN CHARGE: Lawyer and father of two Mike Ryan becomes Broward's second male PTA president, a job traditionally dominated by women, the Miami Herald reports.
BEYOND SCHOOL BOUNDARIES: Manatee parents of special needs students form a countywide Special Education PTA to focus on their children's issues, the Bradenton Herald reports.
COMMUNITY MENTORS: Leon officials put together a program where local business executives will mentor new principals, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
TAKE THE MONEY: Volusia superintendent Margaret Smith takes a 2 percent pay cut over the objections of the School Board, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.