Schools salute planet Earth
Schools across the county participated in Earth Day activities this week, including a world-record attempt to plant the most trees in a single hour.
Individually, schools took on several projects to improve their environment:
Tomlin Middle School in Plant City had a campus cleanup Saturday that included the surrounding community. The cleanup was part of an effort to create an outdoor classroom at the school.
Wilson Elementary, also in Plant City, unveiled a butterfly garden and kicked off a new recycling program Tuesday.
Students at Riverview's Rodgers Middle School created sidewalk chalk art and poetry about Earth. Many classes also spent time picking up trash around Bell Creek Nature Preserve, which surrounds the school.
About 170 Ruskin Elementary School fourth-graders planned to plant salt marsh grasses Wednesday at the recently restored Newman Branch Creek restoration project site on Dickman Road in Apollo Beach.
Sweetbay, schools team up in fundraiser
Remember that first job bagging groceries? The perfect after-school job for students gets a creative twist at Sweetbay Supermarket on Saturday when teachers and principals will bag groceries for shoppers and earn money for their schools.
Sweetbay stores around the state will donate 10 percent of the morning grocery sales to the schools to thank the teachers and staff members for their dedication.
Wearing specially created uniforms that read "Sweetbay Supports Schools," each teacher or principal will have tip jars available at checkout lanes for additional contributions.
Local schools participating include Ruskin Elementary at Sweetbay at 1023 N Tamiami Trail and Riverview Elementary at Sweetbay at 6929 U.S. 301 S.
Bulls teams will have golf tournaments
The Bloomingdale High Bulls football and basketball teams are hosting upcoming golf tournaments to raise money.
The basketball team's tee time is 1 p.m. May 3 at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Club Drive, in Valrico.
The cost is $85 per person and includes a player gift pack, range balls, a buffet and an awards reception, along with other goodies.
Registration starts at noon.
Call coach Josh Chapin at 431-3417 for more information or to register.
The football team's tournament is at 1 p.m. May 24 at Bloomingdale Golfers Club. The cost is $100 per player, and sponsorship packages run from $100 to $1,000.
There will be door prizes, dinner, awards, sports memorabilia and contests.
Call 765-2882 or 643-5833 for more information.
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