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Hillsborough County public schools closed Nov. 11

No school Friday

All Hillsborough County public schools will be closed Friday in honor of Veterans Day.

Board member Olson wins national award

Hillsborough County School Board member Candy Olson was named the winner of the 2011 Richard R. Green Award last month in Boston at the fall conference of the Council of Great City Schools. The annual award, which is the nation's highest honor for education leadership, is named in honor of the first African-American chancellor of the New York City school system. With the award, Olson received a $10,000 college scholarship to present to the Hillsborough high school senior of her choice or to a student from her high school alma mater. Olson was first elected to the Hillsborough School Board in 1994 and currently serves as its vice chairwoman.

Call for help with middle school math

A math homework hotline for Hillsborough County middle school students is available every Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Students and their parents can call (813) 840-7260. The hotline began this school year.

Turkey Brigade will provide holiday meals

Lewis Elementary School will hold its annual Turkey Brigade through Friday to raise money to provide holiday meals to families in need. Students will sell feathers this week for the school's paper turkey display. Feathers are $2 each or $5 for three. The students will collect the money and donation forms and will have the opportunity to put their names on the feathers before adding them to the display. The funds will be used to purchase Boston Market gift cards. Lewis teachers will make recommendations to school officials on card distribution. The cards will then be given out next week. For more information, call (813) 987-6947.

Liberty raising money for Schenecker fund

Students at Liberty Middle School will raise money throughout November for the Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund. Members of the school's National Junior Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America officers plan to visit each classroom Wednesday to distribute information about the fundraiser. The students will sell Butter Braid Pastries through Nov. 28, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the memorial fund. Orders will be available for pickup from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Liberty media center.

The memorial fund provides leadership, athletic and performing arts opportunities for Tampa Bay area teens. The students aim to raise at least $10,000.

"We are looking forward to the success of the fundraiser while making a strong contribution to our community," said Adriana Formby-Fernandez, president of the Liberty FBLA chapter. "Remembering Calyx and Beau will be meaningful for all of us."

Calyx, a student at King High School, and Beau, a student at Liberty, died in January. Their mother, Julie Schenecker, is charged in their deaths.

For more information on the fundraiser, call (813) 558-1180.

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