Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Brandon school notes: VPK; Blake High talent show; Nature's Classroom

VPK Registration: Parents of 4- and 5-year-olds can enroll their kids in free summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) at one of 19 participating public elementary schools beginning Monday.

Who's eligible? Children who turn 5 by Sept. 1, 2012 (born between Sept. 9, 2006 and Sept. 2, 2007) are Florida residents and have never participated in VPK.

The program will be offered between June 18 and Aug. 8, Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. These hours are flexible.

The VPK program prepares children to enter kindergarten. The program is offered at the following elementary schools: Alexander, Bailey, Bing, Bryan, Buckhorn, Chiles, Claywell, Corr, Cypress Creek, Gorrie, Just, Mango, Mitchell, Ruskin, Shaw, Sheehy, Sulphur Springs, Summerfield and Woodbridge. No bus transportation is provided. Children will be fed free breakfast, lunch and snack.

Registration takes place at the individual schools. For more information, contact the VPK office at (813) 272-4840.

Talent show: Blake High holds a talent show based on the popular television show "The X Factor" Thursday at 6 p.m. "The B Factor" will feature a variety of acts as well as special guests such as former American Idol contestant and current student Shannon Magrane and former America's Got Talent contestant and former Blake student Shevonne Philidor.

Knights winter guard: The Robinson High School Starlet A Winter Guard team (color guard) will compete at the Winter Guard International world championship in Dayton, Ohio. This is the first time that a Hillsborough County public school will compete in the world championship. Robinson's team is ranked 15th out of 105 color guards worldwide.

Open house: Nature's Classroom is celebrating its annual Woods, Water and Wildlife open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The general public is invited to visit the school normally reserved for the environmental education of all the sixth-grade public school students in Hillsborough County.

The event features nature art, live music, children's activities, animal handling, food and a variety of environmentally focused exhibits and events. Visitors may tour the animal compound and native plant garden. A $5 entry donation per vehicle is requested. Nature's Classroom is located at 13100 Verges Road, Thonotosassa, about 2 miles east of I-75 off the Fletcher Avenue exit. For information, call (813) 987-6969.

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