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SPRINGSTEAD CHEERLEADERS, BAND ON THE GO

Springstead High School band director Rick Dasher is proud of his marching band, which placed third in its class and 12th overall at the recent state finals at Tropicana Field. There were 82 bands in five classes. The school's percussion section took high honors. Springstead's cheerleaders will perform in the nationally televised Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. Last year, they were among eight teams selected, This year, the field was narrowed to four. The cheerleaders will do a street performance from the Disney Channel movie High School Musical. The performance can also be seen Christmas morning.

BROOKSVILLE

Two schools get Five Star award

Pine Grove and Brooksville Elementary Schools earned the Florida Department of Education's highest award for community involvement: the Five Star School Award. It is given annually to schools showing exemplary community involvement. To qualify, a school must document its achievements in business partnerships, family involvement, volunteers, student community service and School Advisory Councils. Both schools will display Five Star School banners.

COUNTYWIDE

And the Employee of the Year is ...

The School Board chose the 2006 School-Related Employee of the Year: Kim Brownell of the Adult Education Department. The finalists were Shelley Johnston, West Hernando Middle; Ron Gosline, Challenger K-8; Mamie Boe, J D Floyd; Peggy Merrill, Fox Chapel; Patti Wagoner, Chocachatti; Lauren Blackwell, Powell Middle; Nancy Smith, Westside; Kim Barraclough, Suncoast; Pam Flores, Transportation; Millie Garcia-Vargas, Spring Hill; Jeanne Lendemann, Springstead; Charlotte Rodriguez, Nature Coast; David Lewis, Warehouse; Amanda Bond, Brooksville; Janea Harper, Human Resources; Frank Zappia, Central High; Caro Batten, Eastside; Carole Brooks, Parrott; Maria Batt, Star; Laura Sears, Hernando High; Diane Samek, Deltona; Adriann Stewart, Moton; Keith Wetherington, Maintenance; and Sheila Stone, Pine Grove.

Call offices about canned food drives

Many schools hold canned food drives in December. Call your school for information about their program.

BROOKSVILLE

Breakfast with Santa at Central

Central High School's band boosters' Breakfast with Santa is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school. The public is invited for hot breakfast and live holiday music for a $5 cost. Pictures with Santa can be purchased and door prizes will be given. Contact the school at 797-7020, Wendy Shortman at 686-5832, or Allyson Truman at 684-7896.

BROOKSVILLE

Talk on AP classes, dual enrollment

Hernando, Central, Nature Coast and Springstead high schools will make a joint presentation at 7 tonight at Parrott Middle School, discussing advanced placement and dual enrollment programs that allow students to take courses for possible college credit. Contact Dave Schoelles, 797-7070, ext. 433.

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