Ribbon cutting: The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, 405 Beverly Blvd., will hold a ribbon cutting for the new Academic Enrichment Center at noon Friday with the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. The Academic Enrichment Center will house 10 iPad learning stations and a SMART Board for the early childhood learning program, the After School All Stars, the summer camp programs and the TRIDENT program for intellectually disabled youth and adults. For information, call the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center at (813) 689-0908.
Faculty award: School social worker Pat Crosby was named the 2012 School Social Worker of the Year by the Florida Association of School Social Workers. Crosby oversees the county public schools attendance and truancy programs.
Open house: Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, will host admissions open houses at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 23 and Feb. 20. The school is for students in PreK3 to eighth grade. The session will include a tour, an overview of the school from headmaster Joyce Burick Swarzman and a light breakfast.
To get more information or to place a reservation, contact admissions director Jennifer Morrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 961-3087.
School choice applications: The deadline to submit elementary applications for Hillsborough Choice Options is Feb. 14. Students can apply for a magnet school or another public school with space available in the county. Students who wish to remain at their current magnet or choice school or attend their attendance area school do not need to apply.
Students enrolled in a Hillsborough County public school should apply online. Students new to the county public schools must print the online application and mail it to the address listed on the application. Applications are available online at choice.mysdhc.org. For information, call (813) 272-4692.
Cook It Up contest: Five Hillsborough County students will compete in the Student Nutrition Services second annual Cook It Up school lunch cookoff from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, Tampa. The students competing are: Kayla Sieper, Bryant Elementary School; Nalonna Graybeal, Mintz Elementary; Amber Buchanan, Rampello Downtown Partnership K-8 School; Madison Gentry, Barrington Middle; and Arianna White, Memorial Middle. They will prepare their submitted recipe for a panel of judges. The winner will receive two tickets to the Jan. 25 Justin Bieber Believe tour at the Amway Center in Orlando, an appearance at the Radio Disney studio and a school lunch party hosted by Radio Disney.