Monday, July 23, 2018
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Hometown North Pinellas

Guardian Angels Catholic School receives $10K grant after fifth-grader wins contest

A new outdoor classroom is opening at Guardian Angels Catholic School in Clearwater after a $10,000 grant from TurfMutt, an environmental stewardship and education program managed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s Research and Education Foundation and Massey Services. The classroom is designed to help kids learn valuable science, math and other lessons about the environment.

The grant came after Marissa Weber, a fifth-grader from Palm Harbor, won the TurfMutt "Be a Backyard Superhero" contest this year. Weber’s winning entry was a story depicting TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers along with her original character "Earthy the Worm" fighting Dust Demon, a TurfMutt-branded evil character, to encourage healthy soil.

The contest is sponsored annually by TurfMutt, which inspires and educates students in grades K-5 and their families, encouraging them to appreciate and care for the green spaces around them including their family yards, school yards, parks and more. Weber’s teacher, Sandra Hoolihan, was presented with the first-ever National TurfMutt Teacher Award and a trip to the National Science Teachers Association annual convention in spring.

East Lake Fire Rescue raises more than $20K this year

East Lake Fire Rescue’s Fourth Annual 5k Run/Walk for Charity raised more than $20,000 this year. The department donated $7,500 each to Friends of Joshua House and the Children’s Burn Foundation of Florida, $1,000 to the RAP house, $1,000 to the annual Varsity Club Community Fundraiser and $500 to their CERT team. All the remaining funds will be donated throughout the year to other charities.

NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN MARCHING BAND WINS STATE TITLE:

Northside Christian School Royal Ambassador Marching Band won the state title at the recent Florida Marching Band Championships. Five bands from across the state competed at each of five levels for the title. The bands are categorized according to the number of students playing instruments on the field.

North Pinellas residents graduate basic training: U.S. Air Force Airmen Parker Bowman and Hunter Gast graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airmen completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Bowman is the son of Gregg and Tabetha Bowman of Dunedin and a 2016 graduate of a home school program in Dunedin. Gast is the son of Cody, Scott and Andrea Gast of Palm Harbor. He is a 2017 graduate of Dunedin High School.

Episcopal Church of the Ascension donates to Pack-A-Sack program: The Episcopal Church of the Ascension donated more than $2,600 to pay for milk in the Pack-A-Sack program run by First United Methodist Clearwater. An earlier grant for milk had expired, and the ECOA stepped in to fill the gap. Each week, the First United Methodist Clearwater’s Pack-A-Sack program provides small sacks of healthy food items for food insecure children at Belleair Elementary School to take home over the weekend. FUMC provided weekly nutritious bags of food for 135 students throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

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