College nights: The Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services department will hold four college nights for high school students:
The schedule is: Monday, Sickles High, 7950 Gunn Highway; Tuesday, Plant High, 2415 S Himes Ave.; Wednesday, Chamberlain High, 9401 N Boulevard; and Thursday, Brandon High, 1101 Victoria St.
Students may attend any night, regardless of the school they attend. All college nights begin at 6 p.m. More than 100 college, university and military academy representatives will be available to talk to students and their families about applying to college and processes for financial aid and scholarships.
Chorus concert: The Riverview High School Chorus will present "Before We Were Born," a concert of pop culture music from the 1940s to 1994, at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Riverview High School Auditorium.
Tickets are $3. For more information, contact choral director Liz Stewart at (813) 671-5011, ext. 282.
Student banking: Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union will open four new middle and elementary in-school branches in Hillsborough, Citrus and Collier counties, including branches at Cahoon Elementary Magnet School and FishHawk Creek Elementary School.
Students who open an account with the credit union will receive a $5 deposit and the chance to enter raffles throughout the year, awarding academic achievement and participation. Students who open a new account or make a deposit at any of the in-school branches will also be able to enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire.
Reading awards: District students competed in the Summer Reading Games as part of the Read on myON Partnership. Narendra Chalasani, a third-grader from Tampa Palms Elementary School, won the top student award for the K-2 division. Christine Zheng, a fifth-grader from Turner Elementary School, won top student for the 3-5 division. Aleria March, an eighth-grader from Liberty Middle School, won top student for the 6-8 division.
Turner Elementary won top elementary school, and Smith Middle won top middle school.
The top student winners will receive an iPad2. Turner Elementary and Smith Middle will receive a school pizza party and an author's visit. The top 100 student readers will receive a myON reader backpack and certificate for reading at least 145 books each.
More than 36,000 students in Hillsborough County participated in the competition, reading more than 300,000 books from June 1 to Aug. 15.
HCC wins State Farm grant: Hillsborough Community College's Institute for Florida Studies will partner with Terrace Community School to implement an educational project that will engage students and teachers in environmental education and research while leveraging technology.
The program stems from a grant given to the school by State Farm, which participated in a check presentation at the HCC SouthShore campus on Thursday. Participants will build and deploy ocean drifters that track progress and upload data to a website that can then be viewed by the community.
Business boot camp: Fifth Third Bank and Derrick Brooks Charities hosted a kickoff event for the Brooks Bunch Business Bootcamp, a two-year financial literacy program for 10th grade students at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School. The bi-weekly classes, taught by Fifth Third membership banking officer Tony Sasso, will cover savings, investment options, debt, budgeting, mortgages, insurance and other financial topics.
The event for participating students and their parents included former FSU and Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks and Brian Lamb, president of Fifth Third Bank Tampa Bay. Students received autographed money boxes with $5 to encourage them to begin saving.