BROOKSVILLE ELEMENTARY: The school's annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food drive has begun and will run until Dec. 14 to benefit the Salvation Army, Jericho Road Ministries and Operation HeartFELT food banks. Each class is collecting nonperishable food, and the class that collects the most will win a pizza party.
• PTA Skate Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rainbow Rollerland, 1125 W Jefferson St., Brooksville. Admission is $3 per child; adults skate free with a paid child.
• The Performing Arts Club's Fall Extravaganza will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Brooksville Elementary students attend for free. The showcase includes a Spanish Heritage Month play, a Student Improv Night skit, a holiday chorus preview and a special performance by Dell O. Barnes Sr. Proceeds will support the performing arts program.
ESE ADVISORY COUNCIL: The Exceptional Student Education Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics. The topic will be "Taming Adolescent Behaviors" with Terri Cooper and Lori Lessley.
FOR EACH 1 REACH 1: The mentoring program will help students with homework from 6 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday at 7284 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The fee is $5 per session. A free book club follows at 8 p.m. to encourage reading and comprehension. Call (352) 556-2768 to register.
HERNANDO HIGH: The School Advisory Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school's media center. For information, call Marianne Bennett at (352) 797-7015, ext. 406.
PARROTT MIDDLE: Parents and guardians are invited to principal Brent Gaustad's Breakfast Club to discuss the direction of Parrott Middle School and to take the Parent Involvement Pledge as part of Parent Involvement Month in Florida at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 29 in the media center. Contact Kris Noto at (352) 797-7075, ext. 256 to confirm your attendance.
PROGRAM OF HOPE: Communities in Schools of Hernando County, the school district's dropout prevention affiliate, is offering a Program of Hope campaign. It will feature a Holiday Shop Till You Drop for Education Extravaganza and Car Show provided by Monster Transmission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Towne Square Mall on Commercial Way in Spring Hill.
WEEKI WACHEE HIGH: The school has been nominated for a Power a Bright Future grant from the Clorox Co., making it eligible to win up to $50,000 for its music program, and is asking the community to vote in support of its nomination. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 12. Anyone 13 years and older can vote online at Power ABrightFuture.com. Voting also can be done from cellphones via text message.
To reach Top of the Class reporter Paulette Ritchie, email [email protected] or call (352) 650-0013.