Are you creative and like to write? Submit your short story to the fourth annual Teenz Ink. The 2008 writing contest is open to Hillsborough County students in grades six to 12. It must be between 500 and 1,000 words and must not include offensive content. Only one entry per person is allowed. The grand prize is a $100 gift card and the runner-up prize is a $50 gift card. Deadline for entries is Nov. 15. Submit the writing in person at any Hillsborough County Public Library circulation desk, by mail to Teen Short Story Writing Contest, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries, c/o School Age Services, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa 33602, or electronically at www.hcplc.org/hcplc/teens. For more information, call 273-3652 or visit the www.hcplc.org.
Free kit offers tips for success
The U.S. Department of Education recently created "Empowering Parents School Box: A Tool to Equip Parents for the School Year." The free kit includes resources such as guidelines on free tutoring opportunities, steps for choosing a high-quality school, and tips for improving the learning process. To view the toolkit or to order a hard copy, visit the Web site at www.ed.gov/parents/academic/involve/schoolbox.
Hispanic culture in the spotlight
Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, will hold a celebration of Hispanic culture with music, dance, crafts, art contest display and food from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. today.
Learn to help your gifted child
The National Association for Gifted Children and the Florida Association for the Gifted will host a one-day crash course on gifted education, targeted to parents who want to learn more about meeting the learning, social and emotional needs of their gifted children. The event is from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Admission, which includes lunch and a reception, is $65 for members of NAGC or FLAG and $110 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, visit www.nagc.org.
Middleton student off to Atlanta
Middleton High School senior Eric Leeks was selected for the monthly Tom Joyner Foundation HBCU Tour. The initiative exposes 10 high school students across the country to historically black colleges and universities in order to expose promising students to various education options. Leeks will travel to Atlanta on Nov. 6 to visit Morehouse and Spelman colleges.