TiViTz Tournament: After local competitions throughout the Tampa Bay area, including many at local McDonald's restaurants, the TiViTz finalists will meet Saturday at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W Dale Mabry Highway, to compete for $15,000 in scholarships. TiViTz, a strategy-based math game available online and in board game format, has been used as part of the mathematics curriculum by schools across the area. After the day-long tournament, participants and their parents, guardians and teachers will attend the Tampa Yankees game at nearby Steinbrenner Field.
Food Service Program: Beginning Monday and continuing through Aug. 7, Monday through Thursday, Hillsborough County will sponsor the annual Summer Food Service Program for Children, which provides breakfast and lunch to any child 18 or younger, regardless of whether the child is enrolled in summer school. Meals will be served at schools with extended year programs. Parents can find more information about the program at summerfoodflorida.org or by texting FOODFL to 877877.
RCMA honors longtime workers: Redlands Christian Migrant Association recently honored five bay area women, most of them former migrant farm workers, for 30 years of service to the nonprofit. RCMA operates two charter schools and 20 child care centers in the bay area; all five women work in the child care centers. They are Adela Verónica Dubois, an immigrant from Guatemala who now manages RCMA's Ruskin Infant Child Development Center; Adelita Trevino, a migrant farm worker who joined RCMA 30 years ago and is now an award-winning teacher at RCMA's Plant City Child Development Center; Maria Luisa Gonzalez, who previously migrated to Ohio every summer for 19 years with six children in tow and is now a teacher at the Dade City Child Development Center; Elida Gutierrez, who has worked in the kitchens or classrooms of four RCMA centers in the Ruskin, Wimauma and Balm areas; and Elodia Lopez, a food-service specialist assigned to RCMA's Ruskin and Wimauma area office.
Panera Bread scholarships: On May 21, as part of its second annual Panera Bread Knead for Knowledge Scholarship Program, Panera Bread awarded more than $50,000 in college scholarships to children served at the Children's Cancer Center. Sydne Mushaben received the $10,000 Albert and Josephine Covelli scholarship. Andrew Giddens, Dana Kulbersh, Kasey Kupcik, Noah Montgomery, Samuel May and Sarah Kirk received the $5,000 Operation Dough-Nation Scholarship. Angela Martin, Brage Sassin, Bryanna Michota, Carissa Mastrorio, Daniel "DJ" Krouse, Daniel Scheerhorn, David Drash, Kaitlyn Gatewood, Nicole Hawkins, Ryan Sheehy, Shannon Wise and Taylor Brandt received the $1,000 Panera Breaducation Scholarship. ABC Action News anchor Brendan McLaughlin emceed the event, and the Covelli Family Limited Partnership, owner of numerous Tampa Bay Panera Bread restaurants, celebrated with recipients and their families.
Battle of the Books: The recent 20th annual Elementary Battle of the Books crowned eight champions: Grady (Area 1), Westchase (Area 2), Clark (Area 3), Seminole (Area 4), FishHawk (Area 5), Lincoln (Area 6), Seffner (Area 7) and Riverview (Area 8). Williams Middle Magnet School won first place in the 10th annual Middle School Battle of the Books competition.
Doctor Scholarships: On May 27, Dr. Joseph Corcoran, Brandon Regional Hospital's chief of medical staff, presented 20 $1,000 "Doctor Scholarships" to 2014 recipients, including Tahina Fils-Aime, East Bay; Tiffany Goller, Brandon; Kaitlyn Kepics, Spoto; Krista Lape, Riverview; Brian Laxton, Newsome; Leticia Mandujano, Strawberry Crest; Lauren McCullum, Bloomingdale; Lauren Pilley, East Bay; Brianna Tinsley, Armwood; and Jessica Williams, Durant. In addition, the dependents of 10 employees received scholarships: Julia Brinkley, Andres Caraballo, Dominique Cruickshank, George Francis, Julienne Javier-Ramos, Philip Joseph, Rachael Moore, Hunter Sutherland, Olivia Wederbrand and Matthew Wisecarver. Each student was selected by a review committee of medical staff members. The annual scholarships are primarily funded by physician dues.
Dance camps: The Dance Center of Brandon has opened registration for summer camps including June Evening Workshops, July Evening Intensive, Summer Ballet Camps, Summer Acrobatics Camp and July Ballerina Princess Camp. Participants must 3 or older. Registration is ongoing. Contact the Dance Center at brandondance.com or call (813) 684-4282 for more information and registration.