Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Education

Hernando County class notes for May 31

SPRINGSTEAD HIGH: Ford Motor Co. and Flammer Ford are partnering to help raise up to $6,000 for Springstead High School with its Drive One 4 UR School Program. The companies will donate $20 to Springstead for every person who test drives a 2012 Taurus, Fusion Hybrid or Sport, Fiesta, Mustang, Edge and F150 between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday at Springstead's bus loop. Call (352) 797-7010. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. Test drives are limited to one per household.

STUFF THE BUS: Hernando County teachers interested in benefiting from the United Way of Hernando County's sixth annual Stuff the Bus school supply event are invited to register by visiting unitedwayhernando.net and click on the Stuff the Bus logo. The school supply drive will be will be July 27-29. Signup deadline: July 13.

SUMMER VOLUNTARY PRE-K: Hernando County School Services is offering a free Voluntary Pre-kindergarten program during the summer for children who were 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2011. The program will be from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 11-Aug. 3.

Registration requires certificates of eligibility from the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties and the children's health and immunization records. The Early Learning Coalition's two offices are at 15506 County Line Road, Suite 103, Spring Hill, (727) 233-8291, and at 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville, (352) 754-5068.

Program sites: Bright Beginnings Preschool and Daycare, 3013 Landover Blvd., Spring Hill, (352) 686-8070; Great Beginning Preschool and Daycare, 10155 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, (352) 592-4441; Boys and Girls Club, 885 N Broad St. (Brooksville Elementary), Brooksville, (352) 797-7014, ext. 257, and Mrs. B's Preschool and Daycare, 13238 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, (352) 688-4792.

Call (352) 797-7051.

WIDER HORIZONS: The school is offering three summer programs: Language Arts Enrichment for children ages 3-8, Elementary Engineering and Robotics for elementary-age students, and Middle School/High School Academic Enrichment and Skill Building. For costs, times and dates, call (352) 686-1834.

WINDING WATERS K-8: The school will participate in the Big Lots 2012 Lots2Give program. Participating schools will be the recipients of an in-store donation program and will also have the opportunity to put their creativity to the test in an online video contest, where they could win a share of $120,000 in cash prizes. Now through July 8, customers can help Winding Waters K-8 by donating $1 or $5 at participating Big Lots stores. All donations go to participating schools. Voting for the video contest runs June 11-July 8. Members of the public can vote for their favorite video (limit of three votes per day). The video getting the most votes wins. For a complete list of participating stores and schools, visit biglots.com/lots2give.

YOUTH INITIATIVE: The Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Hernando Youth Initiative job skills program from 7:45 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. June 15, 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. June 16 and from 7:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. June 23 at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Youth age 18 to 24 are invited to apply with a $10 money order by today to be considered. Make money orders payable to Communities in Schools of Hernando County and send them in care of Frank Cassara, 4066 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606. Limited to the first 50 who apply and are qualified.

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