Lithia Springs PTA fundraiser nets $6,500
The PTA at Lithia Springs Elementary School held its annual Family Fun Fair the weekend of Feb. 21 to raise money to update the technology department. The fundraiser is one of several during this year as the PTA tries to reach its $50,000 goal to become eligible for a matching grant from the Hillsborough Education Foundation. "We're only about $3,000 away from being ready to apply for it," said Lori Van Allen, Fun Fair chairman. The PTA raised at least $6,500 at the fair.
"We were amazed at the generosity of our community during these rough economic times," said Van Allen. The PTA will hold an auction night in April to raise the last $3,000 and is looking for donations — anything from gift cards to a week at a vacation home or even a summer camp.
Sessums will offer kindergarten overview
Sessums Elementary in Riverview will hold a "Kindergarten Countdown" at 8:30 a.m. March 19 in the media center. Kindergarten teachers will present an overview of the program. Families with future kindergarteners can contact the school at (813) 672-5230.
A committee is also organizing a community service project for Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society. The theme is "Hawaiian Luau Night," and the event is 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 19. Each student will create an item in art class that will be available to parents for a small donation. There will be food and activities for the children, such as hula lessons, a volcano of chocolate and tiki time.
Newsome will host gang awareness event
Newsome High School will host a gang awareness seminar at 6:30 p.m. March 24. Newsome's resource officer, Mike Alonso, and several resource officers from other local middle and high schools will give a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with the officers.