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CHILES ELEMENTARY: Wish your child a happy birthday on the school marquee for $10 a week. Call (813) 971-3227.

Creative students are invited to take part in Chiles' first literary magazine, Scribbles. Students in any grade may submit stories, poetry and essays. Grades 3-5 may join the after-school club and learn about different types of creative writing, listen to speakers, work on their own projects and evaluate submissions. Call (813) 632-8441.

Advance discount tickets for the Florida State Fair are available through order forms sent home with the students. Discounts range from $1 off of a children's admission to $31 in savings on a Family Fun Pack. Ten percent of each purchase goes to the PTA. Orders must be placed by Jan. 21, and the fair runs from Feb. 10-21. Call (813) 558-5422.

Families new to the area can attend the New Family Welcome Coffee at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 26 in the media center. There will be a question-and-answer time, and information packets will be distributed. Meet both other families and the school PTA. Call (813) 558-5422.

Adults interested in reading to children may take part in the new Rockin' Readers program beginning this month. Call (813) 971-7889.

The art department is accepting donations to help keep the kids clean. They need paper towels, tissues and baby wipes. Call (813) 558-5422.

Adult tutors are sought for the new tutoring program. Parents with at least 30 minutes to spare per week can call (813) 215-8434.

Spirit shirts are for sale in children's or adults' medium and large sizes. Mail in $10 along with size specifications to 16541 W Tampa Palms Blvd. or call (813) 558-2092.

CROSSING GUARDS SOUGHT: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for school crossing guards. Applicants must be 19 or older, pass a background check and have a valid driver's license or Florida identification card and a Social Security card. Generally, a permanent location near your home is assigned. You work one hour before school and one hour after and receive $8.96 per hour for 10 hours a week. Crossing guards are enrolled in the Florida retirement system, and equipment, uniforms and training are provided. Guards can advance to supervisors. Call (813) 247-8123.

Send information on school events to Jeremy Hayes at (813) 269-5302 or