Cooking up a fundraiser for playground
A group of MiraBay residents who regularly shared recipes with each other came up with an idea: Create a cookbook and sell it to raise money for a covered playground at Apollo Beach Elementary School.
A Taste of MiraBay was released Saturday and is available at the MiraBay Welcome Center and other local merchants for $20.
The book was compiled by a local group calling themselves the MiraBay Girls.
"Every time our group met, food was involved," organizer Susan Schleif said. "So many great recipes were prepared that we wanted an easy way to collect and share them with each other. That's how the cookbook idea came about."
The cookbook features more than 450 recipes submitted by MiraBay residents. Call the welcome center at 645-1000 or log on to www.mirabay.com for more information.
Teacher gets space academy fellowship
FishHawk Creek Elementary gifted-education teacher Mary Vaughn will attend Space Academy for Educators at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., in June.
Vaughn was one of four Hillsborough County elementary teachers selected for a weeklong fellowship to attend the program.
She'll experience about 45 hours of intensive classroom, laboratory and training time focusing on space science and exploration, including astronaut-type training.
Charter school organization meeting set
The Hillsborough County School District is holding a meeting June 10 for individuals or groups interested in applying to open a charter school.
Charter School Office staff will share information and answer questions regarding the major factors that come into play when applying to start a charter school.
Charter schools are publicly funded but have fewer regulatory constraints than traditional public schools. They are governed by their own board of directors and are encouraged to use innovative learning methods.
The deadline for filing a charter school application for the 2009-10 school year is Aug. 1.
The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the ISC Building at 2920 N 40th St., Tampa.