• Pasco-Hernando State College has announced new dates for its annual College Nights, originally scheduled during the weeks surrounding Hurricane Irma. Representatives from PHSC and many public and private colleges, universities, other educational institutions and the military will be on hand to provide local residents with an opportunity to get information about admissions, financial aid and programs for post-secondary study. High school students, their parents and prospective students of all ages are encouraged to attend. College Night is free and open to the public at these locations:
• PHSC East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the campus gymnasium.
• PHSC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the campus gymnasium.
For additional information, visit phsc.edu.
• Pasco County public schools, the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County, and Healthy Schools LLC will offer the "Teach Flu a Lesson" child immunization program through Oct. 12 at participating Pasco County public schools. Flu immunizations will be administered by Healthy Schools nurses free of charge to students with parental consent. The program is voluntary, and only children with consent forms signed and completed by a parent or guardian will be vaccinated. Forms are available by clicking on the flu vaccine banner on the district website, pascoschools.org. There also is a vaccination schedule link on that page.
• Online applications for the Tampa Bay Times Fund's Barnes Scholarships will be accepted through Oct. 31. The scholarships were established in 1999 to help college-bound teens who are high academic achievers, who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives and who have financial need. Each of the four winners is eligible to receive up to $15,000 per year for four years to attend any nationally accredited college or university. The scholarship may be used to pay for expenses related to the cost of college attendance. The students must be enrolled full-time and remain in good academic standing to continue to receive the scholarship. High school seniors from these Florida counties are eligible to apply: Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough. For information and to apply, go to tampabay.com/company/times-fund/barnes-about
• New River Elementary School has been named "Best in the State" in the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for recording 5,536,782 independent reading minutes from May 8 to Sept. 7. In addition to being the top Florida school, New River ranked second in the United States. The school has shown consistent improvement in independent reading minutes. Last year, New River students logged more than 2,000,000 minutes, which earned them second place in Florida and top 10 in the United States. Scholastic plans to feature New River in its 2018 Book of World Records, and the school will be sent a plaque and celebration kit. An on-campus student celebration is scheduled for Oct. 6.