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Hernando High band: The band hosted the 2013 Florida Bandmasters Association Marching Band Assessment on Nov. 2. Nineteen high school bands from Pasco, Hernando, Gilchrist and Citrus counties performed throughout the day with feature performances during the program.

Combined Hernando County middle band programs performed the national anthem, and there was a special exhibition performance by the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder.

The participating bands were Hernando, Central, Weeki Wachee and Springstead high schools from Hernando County; Trenton High School from Gilchrist County; Ridgewood, Hudson, River Ridge, Pasco, Land O'Lakes, Zephyrhills, Wiregrass Ranch, Anclote, Gulf, Wesley Chapel, Mitchell and Sunlake high schools from Pasco County; and Lecanto and Crystal River high schools from Citrus County.

Hernando, Springstead and Weeki Wachee high schools received Superior ratings. Central High received a Good rating.

Parrott Middle: On Nov. 8, the school honored veterans with a breakfast and program. Students who have a family member who's a veteran were invited to attend a celebration of their service to our country. Students who personally invited a family member or individual to the program were allowed to escort their guests.

Spring Hill Elementary: Students, teachers and staff members honored veterans with their annual recognition event Nov. 8. The school received 120 responses from veterans and their families for the breakfast and program.

"We have a feast for them," said program coordinator and third-grade teacher Barbara O'Sullivan.

After breakfast, the guests of honor were escorted from the media center to the cafeteria. The veterans heard and saw the entire student body — dressed in red, white and blue and waving American flags — sing My Country, 'Tis of Thee. They also watched the Stomp Club perform.

In the cafeteria, students read poems and stories and sang songs to honor the veterans, with a special emphasis on War World II representatives.

The school has been honoring veterans for many years, and O'Sullivan said the veterans are always touched.

"They really appreciate it a lot," she said.

"At Spring Hill Elementary, we want to teach our children to appreciate the sacrifices of our servicemen and women and to understand the freedoms and privileges they enjoy because of those sacrifices," said principal Terri Dewey. "So many of our own family and our students' family members are in the service, that this day and these people must be celebrated and acknowledged. This is the reason our teachers put in extra hours and develop extra lessons to teach our children the importance of Veterans Day."

Hernando County school newsmakers 11/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 12:40pm]
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