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. Nov. 27 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. Nov. 27 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. Nov. 27 in the school's media center. For information, call Marianne Bennett at (352) 797-7015, ext. 406.
NATURE COAST TECHNICAL HIGH: The School Advisory Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. and the Parent-Teacher-Student Association at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the media center.
PARROTT MIDDLE: The School Advisory Council will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in the media center.
• 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.
WEST HERNANDO MIDDLE: Data Chat Night will be at 7 p.m. today in the media center to help parents understand students' individualized personal learning plans and their AAA cards. For details, call Tula Kelleher, Title I parent educator, at (352) 797-7035, ext. 256.
WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY: The school will host its first on-campus Parent and Family Institute for adults of kindergarten through fifth-grade students from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Adults will be able to choose two 30-minute sessions. Some of the topics include: transition to middle school, reading, writing, math, bullying prevention and behavior. Free pizza and child care will be available. Call Stacie Wharton at (352) 797-7080, ext. 255, for information or to register.
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