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Schools awarded overall A grade

Hillsborough County Public Schools have been awarded an overall A grade under the state's grading system. The designation was based on how well students and schools performed last year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

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Your short story could be winner

Are you creative and like to write? Submit your short story to the fourth annual Teenz Ink. The 2008 writing contest is open to Hillsborough County students in grades six to 12. It must be between 500 and 1,000 words and must not include offensive content. Only one entry per person is allowed. The grand prize is a $100 gift card and the runner-up prize is a $50 gift card. Deadline for entries is Nov. 15. Submit the writing in person at any Hillsborough County Public Library circulation desk, by mail to Teen Short Story Writing Contest, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries, c/o School Age Services, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa 33602, or electronically at For more information, call 273-3652 or visit the

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Mentors needed at Robinson High School

The Education Foundation of Hillsborough County seeks three mentors for Robinson High School, 6311 S Lois Ave. The students to be mentored have been awarded a "Take Stock in Children Scholarship" and need support through their high school years. Mentors meet with mentees several times a month during school hours. Training will be provided. If you can spare a few hours a month to make a difference in the life of a teenager, call the foundation at 231-1901.


Hispanic Festival at Leto High Saturday

Leto High School, 4409 W Sligh Ave., will host the fifth annual Hispanic Cultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature movies in Spanish, a domino contest, folk music, meringue dancing, Spanish poetry, and workshops on education and immigration. Free and open to the public. For more information, send an e-mail to

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Bloodmobile coming to Roosevelt School

Florida Blood Services will be at Roosevelt Elementary School, 3205 S Ferdinand Ave., from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday for anyone who wishes to donate blood. The bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot of the school. Donors will receive a free T-shirt, a coupon for a free admission to MOSI and a wellness checkup that includes a cholesterol screening.

Briefs: School events upcoming 11/06/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 8:58am]
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