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Memorial scholarship: Liberty Middle School students, the National Junior Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America partnered to raise money for the Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund. Students will present a check for $6,000 to Col. Parker Schenecker and matching funds by grandmother Nancy Schenecker on Dec. 17 at 2:15 p.m. in the Liberty Middle School media center, 17400 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa.

The fund was established in honor of Calyx and Beau Schenecker, after their deaths in January 2011. Last year students raised $4,000 to provide scholarships for promising leaders, athletes and artists in the Tampa Bay area. Calyx was in the International Baccalaureate program at King High and a cross country runner. Beau was a student at Liberty Middle, a soccer player and member of FBLA.

Scholarship opportunity: Ford Motor Co. is sponsoring the Built Ford Tough — FFA collegiate scholarship program, which awards $1,000 scholarships to FFA members.

The scholarships are sponsored by local Ford dealers. Jarrett-Scott Ford in Plant City is sponsoring scholarships for students at Plant City High School, Durant High School and Strawberry Crescent High School.

To be eligible, FFA members must submit an online 2013 scholarship application at and take the required signature page to Jarrett-Scott Ford, 2000 E Baker St., Plant City, for the dealer endorsement and official dealer code. The online application is available until Feb. 15, and the signature page must be postmarked by Feb. 22.

Dinner partnership: Riverview and East Bay high schools partnered with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Target to feed more than 500 Riverview area seniors at the International Independent Showmen's Association. The high school culinary teams prepared and served the food including turkey, gravy, potatoes and stuffing on Dec. 13. Target donated the food and the sheriff's office organized the event.

Grandparents club: The Corbett Preparatory School of IDS held the first meeting of the new Grandparents/Grandfriends Club early last month. Corbett Prep trustee Christina Swanson started the club as a way to get grandparents more involved in their grandchildren's school. Last month, Corbett students performed songs and dances as part of a special grandparents day. After the performances, the grandparents visited their grandchildren's classrooms.

Cultural connection: Middle school students at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS connect each month with middle school students at Vasa Real Middle School in Stockholm, Sweden, through video conferencing. The collaboration began four years ago as part of the International School Connection's Global Partnership Project.

Kim Fields, librarian at Corbett Prep, and Jennifer Jagdmann, seventh-grade English teacher at Corbett Prep, work with Helena Lewin, English teacher at Vasa Real in Sweden, to plan lessons and curriculum-based topics for the students to discuss each month. The students talk about common topics they are learning about in their classes, as well as cultural topics like holidays and important landmarks in their countries.

College prep: Parents of prospective college students as young as middle school are invited to join their children at a College Awareness Session Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, 9215 North Florida Ave., Suite 101 Room 5. RSVP by Tuesday by emailing or call (813) 732-3268 .

Brandon area school news 12/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 15, 2012 3:31am]
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