Pharmacy offers free school supplies: Sign up at Extra Care Pharmacy, 2001 E Fletcher Ave., Suite 101, and receive a free backpack containing school supplies. The pharmacy, owned by Stella Chinwubah, is also giving away vitamins. Parents must fill out a questionnaire for each item to claim the free goods. Though parents can sign up now for backpacks, they will not be available to take them home until the third week of August. For more information, call the pharmacy at (813) 558-9300.
Talent show to feature local students: A back-to-school talent showcase featuring dance and song performances will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Dillard's in University Mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave. The event is a presentation of Dance World dance studio and It's All About Kids, a nonprofit education and literacy group. Performances will include the talents of local students. Dillard's is on the first floor of University Mall, across from Old Navy and Payless ShoeSource. For more information, call (813) 477-0290.
Students invited to Benito 'sneak peek': Incoming students and their parents are invited to attend a "sneak peek" from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Benito Middle School. The open house-style event will allow students to pick up their class schedules, meet teachers and purchase or order school supplies. The school is also seeking donations of items for students in need, including notebooks, binders, pens, book bags and new or gently used gym uniforms. A collection box for the items is available in the school's main office. For more information, call (813) 631-4694.
School Board to host redistricting meetings: The Hillsborough County School Board will host a series of public meetings from August through October to receive public input on the redrawing of five School Board member districts. The proposed changes will modify the geographic areas from which School Board members are elected. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Freedom High School, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., with additional meetings to follow in the coming weeks at schools throughout the county. After the public has had a chance to comment on the proposed changes, the School Board will meet to adopt new member voting districts. The changes will not affect which schools students attend, bus stops or the available transportation to schools. For information, visit redistricting.mysdhc.org.
Animal science students to research conservation at Busch Gardens: Cahoon Elementary Middle Magnet School of Animal Science is partnering with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for a yearlong conservation service learning project. Students in each grade level recently selected a conservation initiative to research throughout the year, which will culminate in their development of a service learning project focusing on species research, habitat protection, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education. The students will use software to create activities for the project, and organizers hope to connect the software with Busch Gardens to share the students' work with the public.
King High student wins medal in international math competition: Elaine Hou, a Seffner resident and sophomore at King High School, won a bronze medal last week at the 10th annual China Girls Math Olympiad, an international math competition held in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. Hou was one of eight high school girls on the U.S. team who won medals in the competition, which included nearly 200 girls from Japan, Russia, the Philippines, China and other countries. Teams completed a rigorous two-day exam Aug. 1 and 2, challenging them to solve difficult math problems. The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute sponsored the U.S. team for a fifth year. Team members were selected from the top ranks of female finalists in the 2011 USA Mathematical Olympiad.