Nominate a winner: Nominations to recognize the top special needs teacher in Hillsborough for the 17th annual Praeceptor Award competition are due by Monday. Teachers may be nominated by their peers, family, students, parents or themselves. Nomination forms are available for download at hdcinc.org.
The Praeceptor award is presented to a Hillsborough County teacher who follows the principles of behavior analysis and the Human Development Center in teaching children with special needs to achieve as much independence as possible and who challenges such students to attain their highest level of personal success. Any Hillsborough County teacher actively engaged in teaching exceptional student education is eligible. First place is $5,000 in cash and the Praeceptor Iceberg Trophy.
Founded in 1978, the development center is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting independence in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, autism and mental health disorders.
The Praeceptor Award event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 17 at LaTam at the Centro Restaurant, 1913 N Nebraska Avenue, Tampa. The evening will consist of dinner and the presentation of awards.
This event is supported by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union's Suncoast for Kids Foundation and Publix Super Markets Charities. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Nicole Smith at [email protected] or (813) 872-6250, ext.106.
Library grant: Summerfield Elementary of Riverview has received a grant from the Interfaith Council of Sun City Center to purchase books for the school library. Summerfield's teachers and students were grateful to receive a donation of $3,500 from the council.
The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center raises funds by selling items at the Nearly New Shop, 1515 Sun City Center Plaza. The shop is open every Wednesday and Saturday. For more information call (813) 642-9099.