Principal honored: Sulphur Springs Elementary principal Christi Buell was named Outstanding School Administrator of the Year by the Florida Association of School Psychologists.
Student honored: Marilyn Pizarro, a junior in Jefferson High School's International Academy of Business Honors program, is one of 65 Florida students who earned the "Future Award" from Future Business Leaders of America.
Free VPK: Hillsborough County Schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia urges parents of 4- and 5-year-olds to enroll them in free summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) 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. For more information, contact the VPK office at (813) 272-4840.