Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

School notes: Free VPK; oral history of Vietnam Veterans

Honoring veterans: Armwood High will host the Oral Histories of the Vietnam War, Volume XIII event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 30 in the school's auditorium, 12000 E U.S. 92 in Seffner.

The interviews were conducted by students from several county high schools who are taking elective classes about the history of the Vietnam War. More than 150 copies of the book will be printed and distributed to students and Vietnam veterans at the ceremony. The book will be dedicated to a veteran who is fighting cancer.

Free VPK: Hillsborough County school superintendent MaryEllen Elia urges parents of 4- and 5-year-olds to enroll them in free summer Voluntary Prekindergarten at one of 19 public elementary schools.

Children who turn 5 years old by Sept. 1, are Florida residents and have never participated in VPK are eligible for the program, which prepares children to enter kindergarten.

It's from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 18 through Aug. 8. Hours are flexible, so parents can drop off children later than 7:30 a.m. or pick them up earlier than 6 p.m.

The district's summer program is offered at the following elementary schools: Alexander, Bailey, Bing, Bryan, Buckhorn, Chiles, Claywell, Corr, Cypress Creek, Gorrie, Just, Mango, Mitchell, Ruskin, Shaw, Sheehy, Sulphur Springs, Summerfield and Woodbridge. No bus transportation is provided.

Children will be fed a free breakfast, lunch and snack. Register at the school of choice. For more information, contact the VPK office at (813) 272-4840.

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