HERNANDO HIGH: An informational meeting about elective courses at 6 p.m. Tuesday is for eighth-grade students who will be attending Hernando High during the 2014-15 school year and their parents or guardians. Afterward, students and parents can meet with teachers of the elective programs. For information, call Amanda Rodriguez at (352) 797-7015, ext. 219.
BOOK DRIVE: Goodwill's annual BookWorks preschool literacy program starts Saturday and continues through March 15. The program is seeking volunteers and donations of new or like-new books for children ages 2 to 5. The purpose of the program is to promote literacy by putting books into the hands of children from low-income families. Goodwill volunteers read to children at Head Start centers and other sites, then present each child with a personalized book to take home. This year, the program will expand to provide books to first- and second-graders. Donations of books should include a note indicating they are "for BookWorks." They may be dropped off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk or Marion counties. The local Goodwill is at 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Visit goodwill-suncoast.org for other sites or call toll-free 1-888-279-1988; those interested in volunteering may call (727) 523-1512, ext. 1976.
GIFTED ADVISORY COUNCIL: The council will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill. The meeting is open to the public. The council includes parents, administrative staffers, teachers and community representatives interested in promoting the educational needs of gifted children in Hernando County.
PASCO-HERNANDO STATE COLLEGE: JoAnne Stephenson, a University of Central Florida professor, will be the keynote speaker for the college's 2014 Black History Month program. Stephenson's presentation, "History of African-Americans in Opera," includes a performance of classical compositions by African-Americans. Two Hernando County presentations are scheduled: 10 a.m. Feb. 19, Room B-105, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court; 1 p.m. Feb. 19, Room B-104/105, North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.
PHSC's Black History Month program will include photo exhibitions throughout February. The Lewis Plantation and Turpentine Still will be displayed on the North and Spring Hill campuses. These presentations are offered at no charge, and the public is invited to view them. Schools and organizations are also welcome. The schedule of activities, times, dates and locations for all activities can be found on the PHSC event calendar: phsc.edu/calendar.
NATURE COAST TECHNICAL HIGH: There will be a School Advisory Council and Parent-Teacher-Student Association meeting at 4:30 p.m. March 10 in the media center.
PARENT INSTITUTES: The Parent Institute for Westside Elementary, Deltona Elementary and Fox Chapel Middle schools will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Explorer K-8 School in Spring Hill.
The Parent Institute for Spring Hill Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary and West Hernando Middle schools will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at West Hernando Middle School, west of Brooksville.
Both events will include informative breakout sessions, dinner and door prizes. Dinner, registration and the opportunity to visit exhibits will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Workshops topics will include reading, math, behavior, "Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft" and homework help. Child care will be available for ages 3 to 9 upon request. For information, call the Title I parent educator at your child's school.
SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED: Volunteers are needed for the Hernando County School District's Science and Engineering Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
SPRING HILL ELEMENTARY: The School Advisory Council will meet at 4:20 p.m. Feb. 13 in the school's Family Center.
• The Parent-Teacher-Student Organization will meet at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Family Center.
WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY: The school will host Family Math Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Winn-Dixie, 2240 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Teachers and staffers will join Westside families for a night of fun activities and learning. A free hot dog dinner will be provided.