Sunday, February 25, 2018
Education

Pasco class notes

Calendar

• Monday is the first day of school for students

• Aug. 28: Adult ed graduation

• Sept. 1: Labor Day, no school

Art/Music/Theater

• Middle and high school art teachers and instructors looking to exhibit student work might find some space in Picasso Hall for Emerging Artists at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. All media are acceptable for monthly exhibits during the school year including paintings, pastels, collages, photography, digital art, posters, up-cycled and mixed media. Instructors and students are encouraged to participate in the hanging of the exhibition and are invited to attend the opening reception, along with friends and family, to discuss their work. Instructors should contact the gallery at (727) 848-6500 or e-mail [email protected]

Briefly

• The Firing Line, 6123 Ridge Road Port Richey, is accepting donations for the Equipped to Learn school supply drive through Sunday. For information, call (727) 849-7457 or email firingline [email protected]

•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 more than 13,000 students with the help of volunteers. All volunteers must fill out an application for a background check. Find the application at: tinyurl.com/n5l6sad. Copies of clearance letters from the School Board should be emailed to [email protected] For information, call Pat Manfredo, hearing screening coordinator, at (813) 391-0919 or email [email protected]

• The Center for Independence Inc., a local nonprofit that has served individuals with disabilities for nearly 50 years in Pasco County, is teaming up with the Daughters of Penelope to raise funds for a new Pac-a-Sac 4 Kids Program at Cypress Elementary School in New Port Richey. The 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 Pac-a-Sac program. To help, shop at the thrift store or donate to 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 [email protected]

Planning on volunteering at your child's school or chaperoning a field trip? You will need to fill out an application for a background check. Submit online at tinyurl.com/n5l6sad.

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