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Hillsborough school briefs: Two Colson fourth-graders given awards

Colson kids score in regional test

Two fourth-graders from Colson Elementary School in Seffner recently won awards in the West Central Florida Regional Braille Challenge, school principal Karen Lynch reports.

Claudia Sucre took second place while Cyriss Vazquez came in third.

The event took place Feb. 29 at Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind. Twenty blind and visually impaired students from five counties competed against each other in five categories that required them to transcribe, type, and read Braille.

PLANT CITY

P.E. teacher wins pair of prestigious awards

Turkey Creek Middle School teacher Tecca Kilmer is both the Southern District and Florida Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Kilmer has worked at Turkey Creek since 1995.

"Her commitment to the kids is evident with her passion for physical education and health and fitness," principal Dennis Mayo said.

Mayo said Kilmer is especially good at encouraging kids of all abilities to participate in physical activities. Her classes include everything from dance to archery to wheelchair bocce ball.

The Florida Physical Education Teacher of the Year award is given by the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport. The Southern District award is given by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport.

Turkey Creek is one of only 31 schools in the country named a STARS Level 1 School by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

The award recognizes a school's total fitness program for meeting national standards.

RIVERVIEW

St. Stephen still has seats left for 2008-09

St. Stephen Catholic School in Riverview has a limited number of spaces available for the 2008-09 school year.

There are openings in the preschool for 3- and 4-year-old kids as well as for second-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Call principal Therese Jackson at 741-9203.

VALRICO

Good journey for Odyssey of Mind team

Buckhorn Elementary School's Odyssey of the Mind team took fifth place in the Buccaneer Bay Regional Competition on Feb. 2. Team members are Zach Gallahan, Eryn Kibby, Brittany McGlothin, Rachel Nobles, Annika Olson, Katie Vasiloff, and Savannah White.

COUNTYWIDE

Free program can help those who stutter

Free support for stuttering children and their families is available on the first Tuesday of each month. The program runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa. Call the church at 253-5388.

LITHIA

Fundraiser helps buy new technology carts

Randall Middle School would like to thank the companies, parents and students who participated in their technology fundraiser. Due to the fundraiser and budget revision, the Lithia school has $19,000 to buy technology carts. The school is purchasing 10 carts and needs 16 more so every classroom can have the technology's full benefit.

BRANDON

Kindergarten signups being accepted now

Limona Elementary School invites you to register your child for kindergarten for the 2008-09 school year. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.

Registration will be accepted weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items required for registration include a physical exam done after Aug. 20, 2007, an immunization record, a Social Security card, proof of residence and a birth certificate.

Congratulations to Limona Elementary's Katrina Taylor, Kelsey Bone, Jenna Fife, and Chandler Powell for being selected for All-County Chorus, which performs March 26 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

COUNTYWIDE

Adult literacy tutors are needed by library

Interested in helping adult students improve their skills?

The Hillsborough County Public Schools Department of Adult and Community Education is holding an orientation session for adult literacy tutors from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Parkway.

Volunteers tutor adult students in basic academic skills, job skills and practical life skills. Tutors will also assist adult students in reading, math, other academic subjects, and English as a second language. Call the Department of Adult and Community Education at 740-7750, ext. 291.

Compiled by Times Staff Writer Jan Wesner and Times Correspondent Traci Rader.

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Hillsborough school briefs: Two Colson fourth-graders given awards 03/12/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:21pm]
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