VPK Registration: Parents of 4- and 5-year-olds can enroll them in free summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) at one of the participating 19 public elementary schools beginning Monday.
Who's eligible? Children who turn 5 years old by Sept. 1 (born between Sept. 9, 2006 and Sept. 2, 2007), are Florida residents and have never participated in VPK.
The program will be offered June 18 to Aug. 8, Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. These 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 VPK program prepares children to enter kindergarten. The district's summer program is offered at these 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.
Registration takes place at the individual school sites. For more information, contact the VPK office at (813) 272-4840.
Talent show: Blake High School holds a talent show based on the popular television show The X Factor Thursday at 6 p.m. "The B Factor" will feature a variety of acts as well as special guests such as former American Idol contestant and current student Shannon Magrane and former America's Got Talent contestant and former Blake student Shevonne Philidor.