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Education

Pinellas education news: College fairs, career event for ESE students and more

3 college fairs in September offer information for students, families

Pinellas County high school students and their families are invited to three college fairs this month. The first is from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 18 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where representatives from some 70 colleges and universities in the southeastern U.S. will be in attendance. No registration is required. For more information, contact Summer Finck at (727) 873-4754 or [email protected] Two additional fairs organized through the Pinellas school district will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at separate locations. The first will be held at Countryside High, 3000 State Road 580 in Clearwater and the second at Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. in Largo. At both fairs, students will be able to speak with representatives from 150 colleges and universities, technical schools, military branches, businesses and other employers. For more information, call (727) 725-7956 or email [email protected]

ESE Career & Life Fair looks to get teens prepared for the future

Pinellas County Schools ESE College, Career & Life Fair will provide information about financial aid, career training, employment, college, the military, supported living and additional resources for high school students with exceptionalities who have an Individual Education Plan, or IEP. The event will be especially helpful for 11th- and 12th-graders. Families will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the school district and various educational organizations. The fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N. For more information, call (727) 588-6000, ext. 2048.

New app puts parents in touch with Pinellas school district events

Pinellas school officials are promoting their new "PCS Family Engagement Mobile App," which provides parents access to extended classroom opportunities, family engagement tips, and parent "How To" videos. It also includes information on parent workshops, parent peer support, direct links to Pinellas schools, and other topics. It can be downloaded free for both Apple and Android devices.

Elementary school lunch menus

Monday: Hamburger or cheeseburger, turkey pot roast and noodles with roll, veggie double dipper salad, turkey and cheese hoagie, corn nibblets, veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Potato turbate with roll, pepperoni stromboli, farmer's salad, Jamwich Kit, sliced carrots, marinara cup, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, spaghetti and meatballs, fruit and yogurt plate, ham and cheese croissant, broccoli, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Breakfast for lunch, cheesy bread, chef salad, chicken caesar wrap, marinara cup, deli roasted potatoes, mixed or tossed side salad.

Friday: Pizza, fish nuggets, chicken caesar salad, Italian sub, oven baked beans, veggie dippers.

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