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Clearwater teacher honored as Math Hero

Angela Ciresi, a teacher in her second year at Clearwater's Coachman Fundamental Middle School, has been awarded a Math Hero award from MathMovesU, a national initiative from Raytheon Co. Ciresi is one of 31 teachers across the United States to receive a $2,500 award and a matching $2,500 grant for her school.

Since the start of the program in late 2005, Raytheon's MathMovesU has awarded $2-million to students, teachers and schools nationwide.

Ciresi, a Palm Harbor resident, graduated in 2006 from St. Petersburg College with a bachelor's degree in mathematics education.

Senior Girl Scouts earn highest award

Senior Girl Scout Troop 1381, established in 1996, recently received Girl Scouting's highest accolade, the Gold Award, for creating a library at Clearwater's Grace House, a shelter for homeless families with children. The Senior Scouts solicited book donations, stocked the library with more than 2,000 books, and built, painted and installed shelving units.

The troop is made up of Katie Marshall, Devon Holder and Kanyon McLean, who all attend the University of Florida; Kelsey Smith, a student at the University of Central Florida; Devon Blackburn, who attends St. Petersburg College; and Amanda Sieradzki, a senior at Seminole High with future college plans.

The goal of their project was not only to fulfill a need at Grace House for a library but also to promote literacy.

Oldsmar again holds Tree City USA title

For the ninth consecutive year, Oldsmar has been named a Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to community forestry and for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program in the areas of tree planting and maintenance, recycling and street tree planting and pruning.

Oldsmar has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community: having a tree board department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

"A community, its elected officials and its citizens that provide needed care for its trees deserve recognition and thanks," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "They recognize that trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, providing environmental and economical benefits.

"Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife. Trees in urban areas reduce the heat island caused by pavement and buildings. Properly placed trees can increase property values. Communities that are recognized with a Tree City USA designation and Growth Award go to great lengths to plant and care for the community forest."

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and USDA Forest Service.

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Clearwater teacher honored as Math Hero 01/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 5:36pm]
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