Hillsborough students compete in Odyssey of the Mind: Students from 19 Hillsborough schools will compete in the Buccaneer Bay Odyssey of the Mind event from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Road, Dover. A worldwide creative problem solving competition, Odyssey of the Mind presents students with a set of problem scenarios that they must solve. Top teams from the competition will advance to the state finals to compete against teams from other regions of Florida. For more information, contact Laurie Filardo at (813) 681-6697.
Early release day Wednesday: Wednesday has been designated an early release day for all Hillsborough County schools. Students will be released about two hours earlier than their usual dismissal time.
Newsome music honor society hosts charity concert: Students in the Tri-M music honor society at Newsome High School will stage a concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium, 16550 Fishhawk Blvd. The theme of the concert is "Music through the Decades." The cost is $5. Proceeds benefit Everyday Blessings, a Thonotosassa nonprofit agency that helps put foster children in adoptive homes. For information, call Denise Godfrey at (813) 334-6023.
Grant enables Reddick students to see 'Shrek': A community grant will send more than 100 Reddick Elementary School students May 7 to see the Broadway production of Shrek the Musical at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. The grant, which came from the Community Foundation of Sun City Center and the Hadley and Helen Hill Fund, gives students a rare opportunity to see a live Broadway musical, said Reddick's musical director, Ellen Kleinschmidt.
"The students who attend Reddick Elementary School have few or no opportunities or resources to experience the performing arts in a professional setting." Kleinschmidt said. "The results of this grant will be immeasurable as a new life experience and memory is made in each child touched by the beauty of live theater."