Festival holidays vary by school: While most district school students are off today for Florida State Fair Day, it varies for the district's Area VI schools.
Only Barrington, Bevis, FishHawk Creek and Lithia Springs elementary schools; Randall and Stowers Middle schools; and Newsome High School take today off. Each of their students received a free admission ticket to the fair, which is redeemable between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.
The following Area VI schools will be in session today, but closed March 7 for the Strawberry Festival: Bailey, Bryan, Buckhorn, Burney, Cork, Dover, Jackson, Knights, Lincoln, Pinecrest, J.S. Robinson, Springhead, Trapnell, Valrico, Walden Lake and Wilson elementary schools; Marshall, Mulrennan, Nelson, Tomlin and Turkey Creek middle schools; and Durant, Plant City and Strawberry Crest high schools and Simmons Exceptional Center.
Durant High presents 'Disco Inferno': The Durant High School Drama Department will stage the 1970s musical Disco Inferno at 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Tickets are $9 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors. The school is at 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City. For more information, call (813) 757-9075.
USF Young Inventors Competition to name winners today: Finalists for the University of South Florida's Young Inventors Competition learn today whether their inventions will win them cash, prizes and an honorary membership in the National Academy of Inventors. The finals for the third annual competition begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Galleria at the USF Research Park. Young inventors from schools in Hillsborough and other local counties will present their innovative ideas to a panel of judges that includes inventors, researchers and technology developers from different fields. The competition is divided into three divisions for elementary, middle and high school students. Winners in each division will receive $1,000 and a trophy cup.
Anti-bullying poster contest open for students: The Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association is looking for student submissions for the second annual Anti-Bullying/No Name Calling Week poster contest. The contest is open to students in three levels — primary elementary, intermediate elementary and middle schools. Students should design posters that send the message that bullying and name calling are unacceptable in Hillsborough schools. The contest committee will select winners from each level. The deadline for entries is March 1. Entries should be sent to Town & Country Elementary, Attn: Martin Sicard, 6025 Hanley Road, Tampa, FL 33634. Contact Martin Sicard at email@example.com.
Kohl's Cares scholarship nominations open: Kohl's department stores is taking nominations through March 15 for its Kohl's Cares scholarship program. Scholarships are available to students between ages 6 and 18 who have a record of volunteer efforts in the past year. Prizes range from $50 Kohl's gift certificates to $10,000 scholarships. For more information, visit kohls.com/cares.