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SCHOOL NOTES

Elementary schools

Bryant Elementary: (813) 356-1645

Kelly Raeckers, school psychologist intern, will talk about "Cyber-bullying" from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at the school, 3910 Nine Eagles Road. Understand and deal with 21st century bully's threats.

Prefer not to participate in PTA fundraisers? Join the Family Partnership Program, buy a brick and your family still can be recognized in the school newsletter and Web site. Donations are $100 to $300.

Carrollwood Elementary: (813) 975-7640

Find out how to get your child ready for kindergarten at the Kindergarten Round-Up at 9 a.m. Monday. Visit http://carrollwood.mysdhc.org.

Deer Park Elementary: (813) 956-6636

The Deer Park Food Festival & Winter Carnival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16. The event will feature a bounce house, carnival games, food from local restaurants, a silent auction and more. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the PTA.

Hammond Elementary: (813) 792-5120

Help Hammond reach its goal of earning $1,000 through the Box Tops for Education fundraiser. Label box top submissions with your child's name, teacher and grade. Visit www.boxtops4education.com to see the school's Box Tops earnings and get a coupon.

The school is part of the Green School Project, a recycling drive to reduce stress on the environment and to raise money for the school. We are collecting empty printer, fax and copier cartridges and old cell phones to recycle. Businesses can also get involved. The Green School Project will pick up donations and give the school the credit. Visit the Web site at www.greenschoolproject.com.

Learning Gate Community School: (813) 948-4190

Bring your children in for Music with Mar at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the school, 16215 Hanna Road. The program offers toddlers and caregivers interactive activities to aid in the child's brain development. Call (813) 361-6912 or visit www.musicwithmar.com.

Pride Elementary: (813) 558-5400

Volunteers are needed for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life April 18 and 19. The New Tampa relay's theme is Broadway Shows - Let's Produce a Cure. The school needs 10 members for their Lion King-themed team. Proceeds benefit a cure for cancer. Call (813) 994-7535.

Schwarzkopf Elementary: (813) 975-6945

Join Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf at the 14th annual Sporting Clays Classic at 7:30 a.m. March 29 at Tenoroc Shooting Sports & Training, 3829 Tenoroc Mine Road, Lakeland. The event features a card draw, fun shoot and more. Proceeds benefit The Children's Home. Call (813) 864-1532.

Middle schools

Adams Middle School: (813) 975-7665

The PTSA is selling blue backsacks with the Warrior logo printed on them for $10. A sample is on display, and orders can be made in the front office.

The Parent Teacher Student Association seeks members, especially students. The cost is $6.

The steering committee is selling 4- by 8-inch engraved bricks for $25. Have one installed in one of the school's new gardens. The school also seeks a landscape or paver company to donate its services to install the bricks. Call (813) 975-7665, ext. 215.

Benito Middle School: (813) 631-4694

The Benito PTSA would like to build a concrete pad for the bicycle rack near the PE court. Know someone in the construction industry who would like to help? Call the PTSA at (813) 631-4694, ext. 238.

Find out how you can help the school's Relay for Life team at 4:20 p.m. Monday in the Media Center. Participants should be committed to raise at least $100. The relay is April 18 and 19 at Freedom High School, 17410 Commerce Park Drive. Call (813) 631-4694, ext. 261 or visit www.events.cancer.org/rflnewtampafl.

Terrace Community Middle School: (813) 987-6555

The Terrace Community Public Charter School is taking applications for the 2008-09 academic year. Apply at www.tcmstornadoes.com or complete an application at the school, 11734 Jefferson Road, Thonotosassa.

Walker Middle School: (813) 631-4726

Help Walker earn cash and merchandise in the Box Tops for Education 2008 Winter Contest through February. Bring in box tops and soup label UPCs; the top three individuals and homeroom classes receive awards.

Get the Walker 411 online. The school's morning announcements are available online to download. Visit walker.mysdhc.org

High schools

Gaither High School: (813) 975-7340

Registration for adult community classes, including conversational Spanish, public speaking and introduction to computers, is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the school, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 632-6823 from 2 to 8 p.m. for information.

Jefferson High School: (813) 872-5241

IMPACT, Individually Motivated Performance by Computer Technology, is a one-year competency-based program that allows over-age students an opportunity to graduate with their original class. This program of classes is during normal school hours and is not part of afterschool, online or home-bound programs. Call (813) 872-5241, ext. 251.

Host an exchange student: World Heritage Student Exchange is seeking host families for its high school exchange program. Students are high school age boys and girls from France, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland. The students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and expect to bear a share of household chores as well as be included in family activities and lifestyles. Call toll-free, 1-800-888-9040 or (813) 333-2599 or visit www.world-heritage.org.

Scholarship: The National Association of Women in Construction Gaylene Plodzien $1,000 Scholarship is available to students enrolled in a technical program, pursuing a bachelor's or postgraduate degree and interested in a job in the construction industry. Students taking 12 credit hours or its equivalent and who send in school transcripts and professor recommendations by June 1 are eligible. Call (813) 238-7620 or visit www.nawictampa.org.

Black History Month Contest: Students from kindergarten to 12th grade can participate in the Florida Black history Month Essay contest, "How have the contributions of African-American scientists or inventors impacted your life?" The essay should be no more than 500 words, typed or handwritten in print. Essays should have the student's name, home address, telephone number, school name, grade level and title. Winners receive a computer and a full four-year scholarship to any Florida public college or university. Entries can be e-mailed to essay@myflorida.com or mailed (postmarked by 5 p.m. today) to Executive Office of the Governor, Attention: Black History Month Essay Contest, 400 S Monroe St., Suite LL-10, Tallahassee, FL 32399. Visit www.floridablackhistory.com.

Send school announcements to northtampa@sptimes.com or fax to (813) 269-5310.

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