Reading awards: District students competed in the Summer Reading Games as part of the Read on myON Partnership. Narendra Chalasani, a third-grader from Tampa Palms Elementary School, won top student for the K-2 division. Christine Zheng, a fifth-grader from Turner Elementary School, won top student for the 3-5 division. Aleria March, an eighth-grader from Liberty Middle School, won top student for the 6-8 division.
Turner Elementary won Top Elementary School, and Smith Middle won Top Middle School.
The top student winners will receive an iPad2. Turner Elementary and Smith Middle will receive a school pizza party and an author's visit. The top 100 student readers will receive a myON reader backpack and certificate for reading at least 145 books each.
More than 36,000 students in Hillsborough County participated in the competition, reading more than 300,000 books from June 1 to Aug. 15.
College nights: The Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services department will hold four college nights for all high school students:
Monday: Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa
Tuesday: Plant High School, 2415 S Himes Ave., Tampa
Wednesday: Chamberlain High School, 9401 N Boulevard, Tampa
Thursday: Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria St., Brandon
Students may attend any night, regardless of the school they attend. All college nights begin at 6 o'clock.
More than 100 college, university and military academy representatives will be available to talk to high school students and their families about applying to college, financial aid and scholarships.
Student banking: Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union will open four new middle and elementary in-school branches in Hillsborough, Citrus and Collier counties, at Cahoon Elementary Magnet School, FishHawk Creek Elementary School, Crystal River Middle School and Pine Ridge Middle School.
Students who open an account with the credit union will receive a $5 deposit and the chance to enter raffles throughout the year, awarding academic achievement and participation. Students who open a new account or make a deposit at any of the in-school branches will also be able to enter a drawing for a free Kindle Fire.
Business boot camp: Fifth Third Bank and Derrick Brooks Charities hosted a kickoff event for the Brooks Bunch Business Bootcamp, a two-year financial literacy program for 10th-grade students at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School. The bi-weekly classes, taught by Fifth Third membership banking officer Tony Sasso, cover savings, investment options, debt, budgeting, mortgages, insurance and other financial topics.
The kickoff event for participating students and their parents included former college and professional football player Derrick Brooks and Fifth Third Bank Tampa Bay president Brian Lamb. Students received autographed money boxes with $5 to encourage them to begin saving.