Brooksville Elementary activities
Family Center Family Fun Night, 4:30 to 7 p.m. today. Includes family fun and snacks.
• The School Advisory Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the staff meeting room. All families and community members are invited. For information, contact secretary Amy Anderson at (352) 797-7014, ext. 255.
• DQ Grill & Chill Day & Night is Wednesday at DQ Grill & Chill, 901 S Broad St., Brooksville. Mention Brooksville Elementary or present a flier with your order, and 20 percent of the total will be donated to the school.
• The Title I and Family Involvement Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the school's Family Center
• Science Fair Family Info Night will be from 6 to 7:30: p.m. Jan. 26 in the staff meeting room. Participants will go through the science fair project process step by step.
• Third-grade Family Night, "Your 3rd Grader is Taking FCAT 2.0: What Every Parent Needs to Know," will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in the staff meeting room. For information, contact Amy Anderson at (352) 797-7014, ext. 255.
GRANTS FOR WATER RESOURCES EDUCATION PROJECTS: Five Hernando County teachers have been awarded Splash! grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. This year, 157 grants were awarded across the district's 16-county region.
The program's goal is to provide funding to promote student knowledge about freshwater resources issues. The grants provide up to $3,000 per school and are available to public, charter and private school teachers.
The Hernando County awards include:
• Leonette Ehlenbeck, Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics: $500. Students will learn about the importance of watersheds through hands-on learning activities.
• Lisa Rae Dickinson, Springstead High School: $2,330. Students will conduct field studies of the Weeki Wachee River watershed and publish their results on the school website.
• Wendi Bellows, Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology: $3,000. Students will install a Florida-friendly garden to learn about water conservation, drought-tolerant plants and proper fertilizer use.
• Kara Pirolo, Weeki Wachee High School: $1,751. Students will study local watersheds, build a semi-aquatic ecosystem in the classroom and build a model of a retention pond.
• Cathy McAllister, Hernando Christian Academy: $1,514. Students will explore wilderness and aquatic areas of the Crystal Springs Preserve, identifying native and non-native plants and conducting water quality tests.
Swiftmud also offers free teacher professional development workshops and curriculum materials. The publications may be ordered on the district's website at WaterMatters.org/publications/.