School supplies being collected for Academy Prep students
A local company, Modern Business Associates, is leading the second annual school supply drive for Academy Prep Center in St. Petersburg.
Organizers are collecting a wide variety of items, from glue sticks and notebooks to pencils, pens and hand sanitizer. Collection bins are located at Eckerd College's Tampa Center, 1300 N West Shore Blvd. in Tampa; Fresh Go World Market and Grill, 600 34th St. N in St. Petersburg; Dolphin Dental, 10820 Seminole Blvd. in Largo; Modern Business Associates, 9455 Koger Blvd. N in St. Petersburg; and Academy Prep, 2301 22nd Ave. S.
Academy Prep is a rigorous private middle school geared to students from low-income families who attend classes 11 hours a day, six days a week, 11 months a year. Donations also may be made on the school's website at academyprep.org/stpete.
Learn how to help at mentoring fair
The Pinellas school system will hold a Mentor Recruitment Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd. The public can learn about volunteering at schools across the district. Volunteer registration forms will be available, and new volunteers can undergo the required background screening as well as attend a mentor training workshop. Giveaways will reward those who pledge to mentor for the 2013-14 school year. The district also will be accepting donations of school supplies at the fair. For more information, call (727) 588-5050.
District shares back-to-school guide
The website for the Pinellas school system offers a back-to-school guide in preparation for the 2013-14 academic year, which starts Aug. 19. The guide includes information on bus transportation, immunizations, food programs and more. Visit pcsb.org.