Book drive: Goodwill's annual BookWorks preschool literacy program 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. For other sites, visit goodwill-suncoast.org or call toll-free 1-888-279-1988. People interested in volunteering may call (727) 523-1512, ext. 1976.
Explorer K-8: The Parent-Teacher-Student Association will meet at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 in the front conference room, followed by the Title I committee at 5:30 p.m. and the School Advisory Council at 6 p.m.
Hernando High: The school's advisory meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the main office. For information, contact Deana Walker at 797-7015, ext. 406.
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 also 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 see 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 at phsc.edu/calendar.
• Pasco-Hernando State College, as part of the Florida TRADE Grant program, will work with Career Source Pasco Hernando to implement a $54,000 National Emergency Grant awarded to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The grant focuses on training for advanced manufacturing and expands the use of training to meet the needs of dislocated workers. Priority is given to the long-term unemployed, unemployment insurance recipients nearing benefit exhaustion, and veterans and returning military service members.
Participants will enroll in a 12-week course that will lead to the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council's certified production technician certificate. Classes will be offered through PHSC's corporate training department.
The grant provides money for course tuition and on-the-job training salaries for approximately 12 individuals. The course is scheduled to begin Feb. 26. For information, contact Margie Burnham, PHSC Florida TRADE Grant project manager, at (727) 816-3227.
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 Spring Hill Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary and West Hernando Middle schools will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at West Hernando Middle School, west of Brooksville.
The event 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. Workshop 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.
Spring Hill Elementary: The School Advisory Council will meet at 4:20 p.m. Thursday 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.