Gifted advisory council: The council will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, on Elgin Boulevard in Spring Hill. The meeting is open to the public. The council is made up of parents, administrative staff, teachers and community representatives interested in promoting the educational needs of gifted children in Hernando County. The Quest Academy at Challenger serves the public school needs of gifted K-8 students in Hernando County. Visit questgac.org online for information about the council, the Quest Academy and gifted education in Hernando County.
Hernando County School Board: The board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office on Broad Street in Brooksville.
• There will be a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the district office.
Hernando High: Hernando High and the Royal Writers Organization will commemorate Children's Week and Poetry Month at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Hernando High auditorium. Hernando County middle and high schools have been invited to participate in a poetry competition at that time. Poets have been asked to have three poems ready for competition: haiku, didactic and free verse. There will be guest poets. Middle and high school students will be judged separately. Admission is $2 for students and $3 for adults. Free admittance for all Hernando County instructional staff.
Spring Hill Elementary: The Parent Teacher Student Organization will meet at 4:15 p.m. Thursday in the Family Center. The group needs donations for its Spring Fling. People attending the meeting are asked to contribute Little Debbie cakes, 2-liter bottles of soda (Coke products only), bags of individually wrapped candy or Dum Dum lollipops.
Weeki Wachee High: The school will have its third annual Environmental Awareness Dinner, catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill, from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 at the school. Tickets, available at the school office, are $10 for adults, $6 for children and free ages 3 and under. The meal will include chicken marsala, pasta, salad and bread. There will be fresh produce from local farms available, a spokesperson from Lowe's, interactive learning stations and a silent auction. This is a community event to showcase environmental studies, hosted by WWHS students and FFA members. It is a benefit dinner for the school's agricultural environmental program.