Oughta Be a Law: The Armwood High students who traveled to Tallahassee recently to lobby for a bill to help students classified as "unaccompanied youth" saw their efforts come to fruition Wednesday when the Senate voted the bill into law.
During the 2011 Ought to Be a Law program, Leto High senior Sergio Velasquez proposed the idea of helping the state's students who aren't living with their parents or guardians. Armwood's Stephanie Walker, Tori Wilson, Jessica Ireland, Tiara Brooks, and Michael Himes joined the effort this year and received help from Rep. Richard Glorioso, R-Plant City; Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico; and Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.
Under current law, minors who meet certain conditions can be granted the same rights as an adult, otherwise known as emancipation. The new law seeks to provide homeless youth or emancipated minors a certified copy of his or her birth certificate upon request without parental consent.
Now, the law needs only Gov. Rick Scott's signature to become official.
ESE art festival: Caminiti Exceptional Student Education Center, 2600 W Humphrey St., hosts the fourth annual ESE Centers Fine Arts Festival on Tuesday for students at Caminiti, Dorothy Thomas, LaVoy, Lopez, Mendez, Simmons, and Willis Peters ESE centers. The festival will include choruses, drumming, wheelchair routines and art displays.
Progress Village Middle's town hall meeting: Eight-graders at Progress Village Magnet School, 8113 Zinna Dr., will participate in the "Power of Persuasion and the Media" town hall meeting on Friday. A panel made up of two student representatives, juvenile detention officers and media personalities will discuss and debate teen issues. Students will generate prescreened questions for the panel about cyber bullying, reality TV, body image and the media.
Woman's Club scholarship opportunity: The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club will award a $500 scholarship to a senior high school girl who volunteers in the community.
The scholarship application is available online at thebjwc.com and must be postmarked on or before April 1.
For information, call (813) 244-4758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should get We Deliver award? Nominations are being accepted now through March 30 for the sixth annual We Deliver award, which is given to a school employee who has exceeded his or her job duties and expectations.
Anyone who knows a teacher, secretary, clerk, custodian, principal, aide, bus driver, maintenance worker, lunchroom worker or other staff member who fits the description is encouraged to submit a nomination.
Find forms at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/wedeliver. Paper nominations can be faxed to (813) 272-4510 or mailed to Office of Communications, School Administrative Center, 901 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602.