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Pasco class notes, week of July 18

Class notes

Calendar

Pasco County School Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 7227 U.S. 41, Land O'Lakes.

Aug. 11-15: Teacher Planning Days

Aug. 12: Middle and high school registration/orientation

Aug. 13: Elementary school registration/orientation

Aug. 18: First day of school for students

Library note

• The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, hosts Tie Dye Chemistry Adventures, at 2 p.m. today for students in grades 4-7. Call (813) 788-6375.

For information about other youth library events at Pasco County library branches, go to pascolibraries.org. For information about events at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to nprlibrary.org.

Briefly

• Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, is offering a free Beginning Teachers Boot Camp and workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 25. Beginning teachers from all schools are invited to attend. RSVP to Beverly Ledbetter at Beverly.ledbetter@saintleo.edu.

•The Sertoma Speech & Hearing West Pasco Sertoma Club is seeking volunteers to help screen students for the 2014-15 school year. Last year Sertoma screened over 13,000 students with the help of local volunteers. Former and new volunteers must fill out a new application for a background check. Find the application at: webdb.pasco.k12.fl.us/fmi/iwp/cgi?-db=vol_db&-loadframes. Copies of clearance letters from the School Board should be emailed to cgraves8@jhmi.edu. For information, call Pat Manfredo, Hearing Screening Coordinator, at (813) 391-0919 or email raysfan202@aol.com

• The Center for Independence, Inc., a local nonprofit that has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for nearly 50 years in Pasco County is teaming up with The Daughters of Penelope to raise funds for a newly formed Pac-a-Sac 4 Kids Program at Cypress Elementary School in New Port Richey.

The Pac-a-Sac 4 Kids Program provides backpacks filled with healthy food for children on the weekends and over extended school breaks. The center's clients are creating items to be sold at their thrift store at 8726 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey with hopes of raising $500 to sponsor two children. Proceeds will go to The Daughters of Penelope, an organization that promotes education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual excellence, and will then be funneled to the Cypress Elementary Pac-a-Sac program. To help, shop at the thrift shop or donate to the The Daughters of Penelope. Checks should be made payable to Daughters of Penelope (note Pac-a-Sac on memo line) and mailed to Daphne Koutsos 8446 Cessna Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34654. For information, contact Judith Koutsos, (727) 842-6821 or Sean Kline at (727)809-3243, email SKline@cfiinc.org

• United Way of Pasco County, along with Publix, Wal-Mart and other community partners are helping Pasco teachers stock up for the coming school year with the annual Stuff the Bus events held Aug. 1-3 at 19 locations throughout Pasco County. Volunteers are needed. To help, go to www.tinyurl.com/StufftheBus2014.

• Back to School note: Is your organization hosting a back to school event or school supply fund drive? Let us know and we'll let our readers know so they can attend or help out. Send complete information to Michele Miller at mmiller@tampabay.com or fax to (727) 869-6233.

Newsmakers

Land O'Lakes High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students attended the Florida FFA Convention held June 30-July 4 in Orlando. Anne Schwartz competed in Job Interview and Shelby Howell in Agricultural Education. Howell was awarded second place in statewide competition in the category of Agricultural Education Career Development. The convention hosted over 2,000 FFA members from across Florida and featured a keynote address, guest speakers, educational sessions, exhibits and competitions.

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Pasco class notes, week of July 18 07/17/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:08am]

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