Charity fundraiser: Giunta Middle School is collecting tabs from soda cans for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The school has collected more than 50,000 tabs, surpassing its goal of 10,000 tabs. The school will be collecting tabs until May 15. For information, call (813) 740-4888.
Virtual school information session: Hillsborough Virtual School will hold an information session on Tuesday for families with students in grades K-12 who are interested in full-time, part-time, and the high school graduation requirement. The information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Gaither High School media center, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For information, visit online.mysdhc.org or call the Hillsborough Virtual School at (813) 983-7278.
Awards night: Lennard High School will hold Awards Night on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium, 2342 Shell Point Road E, Ruskin. Students have been accepted to colleges and universities including Duke University, Drexel University, Fairleigh-Dickerson, Northeastern University, University of Alabama, Auburn University, Ohio State University, Warren Wilson University, University of Mississippi and all of Florida public universities. Universities and local agencies will present scholarships to the students during the awards ceremony.
Spring musical: The Riverview High School Theatre Department will present Once on This Island Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Riverview High School Amphitheater, 11311 Boyette Road, Riverview. The show is a musical adaptation of the fairy tale The Little Mermaid, based on the book My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy. Tickets are $10. Reservations suggested, but not required. For information, call (813) 671-5011, ext. 259.
Antibullying show: The Plant City High School Choral Department will present the antibullying concert "Cycles & Circles" on May 22 at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium, 1 Raider Place, Plant City. The show about the effects of bullying includes music, spoken word and drama in four acts. The suggested ticket price is $3 for adults and $1 for students. For information, call (813) 757-9370.
Poetry anthology: Creative writing students at Lennard High School published the school's first Creative Writing anthology this month. For the book, called Musings, Ramblings, Insights, Oh My!: The Lennard High School Creative Writing Class of 2013 Anthology, about 32 Lennard students wrote poetry, short stories and short opinion pieces about their lives, observations and experiences. The book is available for purchase online at amzn.com/1484035178.
National competition: Plant City High School cosmetology students are seeking funding to travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the Skills USA National Competition June 24-28. Juniors Ashley Bishop, Molly Copeland and Jana Watkins placed first at the Florida Skills USA Competition in Pensacola Beach last month, earning them the chance to compete in June. The students will showcase their community service working with special-needs students. Every Wednesday, Plant City High cosmetology students provide salon services to children with special needs. The students must raise $3,000 for the trip to the national competition. For information or to make a donation, contact cosmetology teacher Laurel Ritenbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 757-9370, ext. 6.
Math competition: The Corbett Preparatory School of IDS math team won first place at the First Annual Independent Division Math Competition held at Berkeley Preparatory School. The students on the team were fifth-graders Riju Datta and Jack Griffin, and seventh-graders Emily Quin and Bailey Phillips. Datta also won second place in the individual competition.
Scholarship luncheon: The Academy of the Holy Names held a celebratory lunch with students from the school's Link Scholarship Program, trustees, area executives and special donors. The luncheon honored seniors Brianna Wharton and Emani Curry-Jester. Both had received full scholarships for four years at Holy Names as freshmen. This fall, Wharton will attend the University of Central Florida and Curry-Jester will attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. The Link Scholarship Program awards scholarships to qualifying rising freshman minority girls with financial need. Next year, the school will provide five full scholarships.
School history lesson: Students at Nelson Elementary School learned last week what it was like to go to school in 1845 with the school's seventh annual "Florida Then and Now" history presentation. Fourth-grade teacher Terry Senhauser turned his classroom into a one-room schoolhouse and dressed in period costume to teach students writing and math lessons on slates. Students used historic books, flags and maps, and participated in an art project using palm leaves.
Arts celebration: Jesuit High School celebrated the arts last month with a concert, A Taste of Jesuit and a juried art show. The concert in St. Anthony's Chapel was led by Jesuit music director Nina Wegmann. A Taste of Jesuit featured food from the Mothers' Club and Dads' Club, and Beef 'O'Brady's, Café Byblos, CDB's Southside, Gino's Restaurant & Bar, Little Greek Restaurant, Pizza Fusion, Red Elephant Pizza & Grill and Tastes of Tampa Bay. The Jesuit Masque performed a dramatic reading. At the art show, senior Emiliano Settecasi won Best in Show and AP Portfolio, and junior Danny Wilson won in four of the six junior class categories.
The East Bay High School FFA Chapter received a $2,000 grant from the National FFA Organization Living to Serve: Environmental Grant program. The grant funds a yearlong project the students are working on with Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary in Wimauma. The students are creating and installing educational signs for each animal species at the sanctuary and participated in a wildlife photography contest. The students are also participating in Ag-Literacy Day by reading books about agriculture and wildlife to elementary school children.