Carnival at Citrus Park Elementary today: Citrus Park Elementary will host its annual spring carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the school, 7700 Gunn Highway. The event includes crafts and games, a hamster ball obstacle course, a giant slide and bounce house, a silent auction, and food and drinks. Call (813) 558-5356.
Seminole students pledge to graduate: Seminole Elementary School students, teachers and parents will participate in the annual "Pledge to Graduate Walk" from 8 to 11 a.m. this morning. The walk begins at the elementary school and ends 12 blocks away at Hillsborough High School. The 12 blocks symbolize the 12 years it takes to receive a high school diploma. Students will pledge to stay in school and graduate. After the walk, the students will tour the school and its classrooms.
Freedom High hosts reading festival: Freedom High School's Club Cafe Freedom will host a children's literacy festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for second-graders at Forest Hills, Mort, MOSI and Riverhills elementary schools. The festival will include reading activities and lunch. Today's event follows an earlier reading festival that Freedom hosted with more than 400 Mort Elementary School students and their families. The "I Feel the Need to Read" Festival had high school and elementary school students reading together while parents attended a presentation on the importance of literacy. The second annual festival is the creation of 2010 Freedom graduate Blake O'Connor and Rosemary Owens, the school's assistant principal for curriculum.