Author talk: Jay Asher, author of 13 Reasons Why and The Future of Us, will hold a presentation and book signing at Tampa Preparatory School at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He will also work with students throughout the day. The presentation and book signing will take place in the Student Commons on the third floor and are open to the public.
Tampa Prep is at 727 W Cass St. Call (813) 251-8481.
School choice information: There will be two parent information meetings for the first Hillsborough Choice application period:
Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School, 4401 Cypress St.
Jan. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard
Hillsborough Choice Options offers opportunities for families to apply to a magnet program, School Choice or Career & Technical Education program. The first application period for all students begins on Dec. 4. The application period for middle and high school options ends Jan. 9. The application period for elementary school options ends Feb. 14.
For more information, call the Choice Information Line at (813) 272-4692 or visit choice.mysdhc.org.
Faculty awards: The College Board recognized counselor Lamarr Buggs as Southern Regional Counselor of the Year at the Southern Regional Forum on Oct. 24.
Freedom High School social studies teacher Ambareen Ameenuddin was named the Warren Tracy Beginning Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Florida Council for Social Studies.
Scholarships: GEICO visited St. Peter Claver Catholic School on Oct. 30 to announce that it would contribute $2 million to Step Up for Students, the nonprofit organization that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. GEICO's most recent contribution will fund scholarships for more than 447 low-income Florida students.
This is the third year GEICO has contributed to the scholarship program. The company has contributed $7.8 million as a corporate partner since 2010, which has funded 1,828 scholarships. The St. Peter Claver school has 100 students participating in the scholarship program this year.