Teacher award: Janelle MacLean, a ninth-grade teacher at Alonso High School, was given an Outstanding Educator award by Scholastic, a global children's publishing, education and media company. The award is given to teachers who go above and beyond to help students become better readers.
MacLean started a READ 180 program to help students improve their reading skills. Even after completing the program, many wanted to return to her class, prompting her to create "Club 180," an after-school session for 10th-graders. Now students who learned under MacLean act as mentors for younger READ 180 students, offering reading advice and book suggestions.
Rowing champions: The Tampa Preparatory School varsity rowing team won first place in three events at this year's state competition on April 15. Kelsi Richardson and Kristina Damm won the women's double sculls, and Taylor Burdge won the women's single scull at the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sculling State Championship. Burdge, Richardson, Damm, Astrid Skjaerpe and Colleen Sheils placed first in the State Sweep Championship on April 28-29.
Marc Bremmer, Chris Hendrix, Colin Bentley, Robbie Carter and Sky Drazek won second place in the men's varsity four. Jack Dew and Isaac Davidove finished sixth in the petite final. Emma Williams, Sarah Gift, Kelsey Crumpton, Katie McCormick and Katie Collins of the women's freshman four team did not compete due to injury.
Showtime: Students at Independent Day School-Corbett Campus Community School of the Arts will perform the Broadway musical CATS June 7 to 10. Two casts will put on the show. The youth cast includes students in grades 3-8 and a "Kitten Chorus" with prekindergarten to second-grade students. The high school cast includes grades 9-12.
The youth cast will perform at 7 p.m. June 7 and 8 and at 11 a.m. June 9 and 10. The high school cast will perform at 3 p.m. and at 8 p.m. June 9 and 10
The performance will take place at the school's Farish Center at 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Carrollwood. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
School lunch: School cafeterias will accept cash or check payments through June 8, the last day of school, and will resume on Aug. 21, the first day of school. Payments can be made online at MyPaymentsPlus.com through June 22 and will resume Aug. 1. Balances left on a student's account at the end of the year will carry over to the next school year.
Student meals: The Summer Food Service Program will be available at Hillsborough County schools with summer school programs Monday through Thursday from June 11 through Aug. 10. The program provides nutritious meals to students while school is out. The meals meet USDA nutritional guidelines and include milk, fruits and vegetables, grains and protein. Hillsborough County Public Schools is sponsoring the program for county students.
Visit summerfoodflorida.org for a list of summer food program locations.