Event helps kids get comfortable with reading
SPRING HILL — Explorer K-8 held a Pajama Day last week to encourage students and parents to return to school later Friday for a "pajama read-a-thon."
The event, held to promote reading, was coordinated by parents Di'Ana Carrasquillo and Bob Goldner, and supported by businesses in the school's Community Partnership Association.
"It's just a nice family evening," Carrasquillo said. "A nice way to encourage reading."
Students were invited to wear pajamas to school again Friday evening. The students were given cards to get stamped after going to each of the five decorated classrooms where parent and staff volunteers waited to read stories. Bell-ringers indicated the end of each story session.
After all the cards were stamped, the children headed to the cafeteria for snacks and goodie bags filled with erasers, pencils, stickers, candy and books. The Friends of the Library donated 100 books. Carrasquillo donated more than a dozen herself so each child could take a book home. There were goodie bags with books for about 160 students.
As one more incentive to join the fun, students were asked to take their stamped cards to school Monday. The class with the biggest return would be treated to a pizza party, compliments of Marco's Pizza, Spring Hill. Marco's also donated pizzas to feed volunteers Friday night.
Other local businesses that assisted with this event were:
CiCi's Pizza, pizza coupons; Hernando County Library System, pencils, bookmarkers; Heart Literacy, bags, stickers, bookmarkers and pencils; Keller Williams Realty, crayons, pencils, erasers; Sam's Club, punch, cookies; Spring Hill Lanes, game coupons; Wal-Mart, two gift cards; Babies and Beyond, stickers; St. Petersburg Times, pencils; Chick-fil-A, gift card coupons; Mattress Giant, cash funds; Sweetbay Markets, food and drinks; and Di'Ana's Dance Express, books, stamp cards, decorations.
Nature Coast Technical High School
Students qualify for automotive contest
BROOKSVILLE — For the second straight year, the automotive students at Nature Coast Technical High School have qualified in the top 10 in Florida in the Ford AAA competition.
Top qualifiers Greg Bennis and Nick Caldwell will compete in the state competition at Seminole Community College in Sanford on May 7-8.
The school's automotive training program has received certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE. The program has been certified in brakes, steering and suspension, and electrical and engine performance.
The program was rigorously evaluated using nationally accepted standards of excellence in facilities and equipment. Kevin Moglia directs the school's automotive department.
Fiesta Espanola event features food, culture
BROOKSVILLE — More than 200 people attended Brooksville Elementary School's Fiesta Espanola for kindergarten and first-grade students. Event coordinator and Spanish teacher Jimetta Ortiz declared the event "absolutely fabulous!"
Ortiz used a grant from the Hernando County Education Foundation to fund the event, which included dance, song, food and crafts.
La Ballet La Onda, a Dade City dance group, performed traditional Mexican dances, and students sang Spanish songs.
After the performances, the children and their families enjoyed tacos and visited centers to make maracas, Mexican flags or foam tacos.
Ortiz said she really appreciated the support of the teachers.