Sunday, April 22, 2018
Education

Pinellas education news: Former neo-Nazi to speak at Eckerd, local programs honored and more

Former white supremacist to speak at Eckerd COLLEGE

Author Frank Meeink is coming to Eckerd College to discuss his evolution from a neo-Nazi who embraced the white supremacist movement and engaged in violence to an advocate for tolerance, diversity and mutual understanding. He will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in McArthur Gym on campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the school's Presidential Events Series. Sponsors include the Florida Holocaust Museum and Eckerd's Multicultural Affairs Office, Afro-American Society, Center for Spiritual Life, Campus Activities and the Eckerd College Organization of Students. As described on his website, Meeink's book, Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, recounts his "descent into America's Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over hatred and addiction."

Honors and awards

Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary Center for Mathematics and Engineering has been named a nationally certified magnet school by Magnet Schools of America. As part of a rigorous evaluation, the school provided examples of how it promotes diversity, works to close the achievement gap, integrates a theme-based curriculum throughout the school, and encourages parent and community involvement. Jamerson will be recognized in an April ceremony in Chicago. … The Lunch Pals mentoring program won the 2017 Florida Association of Partners in Education Community Engagement Volunteer Award for elementary schools. A partnership between Pinellas County Schools and Raymond James, the program links mentors from local businesses with students during lunchtime. The program has more than 50 business and community partners at more than 80 schools. At the end of 2016-17 school year, 707 students were mentored through the Lunch Pals program.

Elementary school lunches

Monday: Labor Day — schools closed.

Tuesday: School Favorites Day — students choose the menu.

Wednesday: Chicken drumstick with hush puppy, cheeseburger meatloaf with roll, yogurt parfait, ham and cheese croissant, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Beef or pork tacos, "cheezy" bread, chef salad, chicken caesar wrap, marinara cup, refried fiesta beans, leafy green side salad.

Friday: Pizza, chicken and broccoli alfredo with breadstick, chicken caesar salad, Italian sub, spinach or collard greens, veggie dippers.

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