Elia honored: Argosy University honored MaryEllen Elia, schools superintendent, with an honorary doctorate on Dec. 4. The honor was part of the university's inaugural Night of Excellence awards, which included the presentation of education-related research by Argosy master's and doctoral degree candidates.
National contest: The drug prevention campaign's Red Ribbon Week is holding a contest to find a new slogan design for 2013.
The winning slogan will be used in schools and communities across the country in 2013. The winner will receive $500 worth of Red Ribbon merchandise for his or her school, and will be recognized at the 2013 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Annual Leadership Forum.
Entries must be submitted by Monday. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org and includinge your name, school, phone number and email address. The winning design will be displayed on banners and signs. The contest is open to students in grades K-12.
For details, visit redribbon.org/enter.
Environmental program: Valrico Lake Advantage Academy will plant a salt marsh nursery at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the school, 1653 Bloomingdale Ave. Students will monitor and maintain the nursery. The project is part of Bay Grasses in Classes, a program sponsored by Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Tampa Bay estuary and wildlife. Tampa Bay Watch started the program in 1994 and has established nurseries at 16 bay area schools.
Toy donations: The Riverview High School girls soccer team is collecting donations of new and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots until Friday. Final donations will be collected at the Friday home game against Alonso at 6 p.m. To learn more, contact Katie Clark at email@example.com.
Musical production: The Newsome High School and Riverview High School theater and dance departments will put on a production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! The show will run Thursday-Saturday and Dec. 20-22 in the Riverview High auditorium, 11311 Boyette Road. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for all performances and will be available at the door the night of the show beginning at 6:45.
Christmas concert: The Riverview High School marching band, wind ensemble, orchestra, symphony, concert strings, colorguard and percussion ensemble will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Riverview High School auditorium, 11311 Boyette Road. The concert is free and open to the public.
Student work: More than two dozen Hillsborough County elementary school music students recorded original songs at Morrisound Recording in Tampa last month as part of the Young Song Writers Symposium, an annual collaboration between students and teachers in music composition and lyric writing. The students recorded their songs accompanied by musicians and teachers.
They performed their songs at a Nov. 30 concert at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School. The students participated in a two-month after-school songwriting workshop with district music teachers Daniel Shea and Sean Moats.