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Pinellas education news: College scholarships, Summer Bridge, internships and more

LeeAnn Hudson, an eighth-grader from Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School in St. Petersburg, signs a pledge board, along with other inductees to the Take Stock in Children Scholarship program during a ceremony Tuesday. More than 100 students from South Pinellas schools were accepted into the program. [Courtesy of the Pinellas Education Foundation]
Published Mar. 28

Program pledges $1.6 million in scholarships for South Pinellas students

The Take Stock in Children Scholarship program officially accepted more than 100 students from South Pinellas schools in a ceremony this week at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. The program pairs low-income students with mentors and offers a college scholarship for students who maintain at least a C average through high school and adhere to a set of guidelines for discipline and behavior. Roughly 50 percent of the inductees would be the first in their families to attend college. Now a statewide program, Take Stock in Children originated with the Pinellas Education Foundation 26 years ago. At the ceremony on Tuesday, students signed contracts with their parents promising to abide by the program's guidelines. As a group, they stand to receive over $1.6 million in scholarships. A similar ceremony for North Pinellas students took place last month at Countryside High.

Signups begin for Summer Bridge

Families are invited to start signing up for the Pinellas County school system's Summer Bridge program, which is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 11 through July 18. The program is for students in elementary, middle and high school and is recommended for those who are performing below their grade level in reading or math or who need help to stay on track. The elementary and middle school programs focus on reading, math and science with lessons that blend technology, small group instruction, hands-on experiments and project-based learning. The middle school program also has an added focus on social studies, with emphasis on the seventh-grade civics course. For details on high school programs, call the district's High School Education office at (727) 588-6302. Parents must provide transportation to Summer Bridge sessions. They can reserve a spot for their children at, or can visit for more information.

April 19 deadline to register for Pinellas art camps

The Pinellas County school system is offering free digital and visual art camps to school district students during June. Three elementary school camps and three middle school campus will be offered in digital arts. Lessons will focus on various digital media, including digital drawing, painting, photography, comics, stop-motion animation and movie making. Student art will be exhibited online in the district's gallery, and movies will be posted on its YouTube channel. In addition, three elementary school camps will be offered in visual arts. Projects will focus on drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Students will bring home their artwork at the conclusion of camp, and some works will be exhibited in the online art gallery. Thirty seats are available at each of the nine camps. The deadline to apply is April 19. For more information, visit

Eckerd College speaker to discuss Cuban fisheries

Dr. Jorge Angulo-Valdés, visiting professor of marine science at Eckerd College, will lead a discussion Tuesday on efforts to address research, conservation and education needs relating to Cuba's coastal fisheries and its connections with the United States. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in Galbraith Auditorium on the Eckerd campus. Cuba harbors 55 percent of the Caribbean's endemic species and 50 percent of the region's coastal ecosystems, but 88 percent of Cuban fishery resources are thought to be in critical condition. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Eckerd's Sigma Xi Chapter and Natural Sciences Collegium. The campus is at 4200 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg.

SPC to host Internship Expo

St. Petersburg College is hosting an expo next week where students, alumni and community members can meet with hiring managers and recruiters to secure internships. The Internship Expo will take place from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N, Clearwater. During breakout sessions, attendees can meet with local employers and hear about topics including tips on interviewing and how to land internships. For more information, call (727) 341-3102 or visit

Elementary school lunches

Monday: Chicken and waffle, cheesy bread, fruit and yogurt plate, bologna and cheese sandwich, pease or green beans, marinara cup, fresh veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Soft chicken tacos, corn dog, Farmers' Salad or Apple-A-Day Salad, PBJ Jamwich Kit, baked beans, romaine salad.

Wednesday: Chicken drumstick with hush puppy, pasta with meatballs and sauce or ravioli and roll, yogurt and fruit parfait, ham and cheese croissant, steamed broccoli florets, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Beef Rib-B-Q sandwich, cheese stick and toasted ravioli boat, chef salad, chicken caesar wrap, marinara cup, sweet potato waffle fries, side salad.

Friday: Fish nuggets with roll, chicken caesar salad, turkey and cheese ciabata sandwich, mashed potatoes, fresh veggie dippers.


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