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Giunta Middle School

The Student Council at Giunta Middle School is conducting a Pasta for Pennies campaign to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Each class will collect pennies or other donations. The class with the largest collection will earn an Olive Garden lunch. People interested in donating should send pennies to school with a Giunta student.

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Eighth-graders Jessica Powser and Ceara Killian will represent Giunta Middle School and Hillsborough County at the Future Business Leaders of America state competition on April 14. The students created a PowerPoint presentation on Earth Week that took first place in the district, paving the way for the state competition. For information on the FBLA, contact Jacquelyn Marshall at

Randall Middle School

Randall Middle School's Teresa Arnoldson will host a "Buddy Cruise" Oct. 17-22 to Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico, to promote awareness of Down's syndrome. Guests will have an opportunity to listen to educational speakers and address the condition. Inspired by her youngest brother, who has Down's, Arnoldson came up with the idea of the "Buddy Cruise," an educational conference for the families of children with the syndrome. Last year, 220 people from the United States and abroad attended. To support Arnoldson's efforts, visit For more about the cruise, go to

Nelson Elementary Durant High School

Last month, Nelson Elementary students celebrated the state's 164th birthday with a giant cake made of more than 150 cupcakes in the shape of Florida. Culinary arts students from Durant High School created the cupcakes. They also made a cupcake creation in the shape of the state flag. Students marking the state's birthday, which was March 3, received Florida Senate activity books.

Armwood High School

Thirty-five French high school students will visit Armwood High School for 19 days, arriving on July 6. The students, who speak English and are part of an exchange program, need host families. If interested, contact Armwood English department chairwoman Judi Briant at

Valrico Academy

Valrico Academy at Celebration will hold a parent orientation meeting April 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the worship center of Celebration Church, at 1653 E Bloomingdale Ave. The school, which is accepting students for 2009-1010, is a free public charter school for Hillsborough County students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Visit for information. To register, call (813)699-5049. For employment opportunities, call or write to

Robinson High School

Robinson High School raised money for the international land mine crisis during the Night of a Thousand Dinners and a Creativity Action Service Fair on Wednesday. The fair featured activities in which the International Baccalaureate juniors participated as part of their IB Diploma Integrated Project requirement. According to, "These events take place between March 1, which commemorates the Mine Ban Treaty, and April 4, the International Day for Mine Awareness. Night of a Thousand Dinners has grown into an international phenomenon, energizing tens of thousands of caring citizens in more than 50 countries and raising millions of dollars."

School notes and news 04/02/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:20pm]
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