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Pinellas offers driver education camps. Signup deadline is Sunday.

News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.
The Pinellas County school system is offering driver education camps to hundreds of students like this one over the summer. The program will be held over two sessions at nine high school campuses across the county. [Times (2011)]

Signups end Sunday for summer driver education camps

The deadline is Sunday for students to register online for summer driver education camps through Pinellas County Schools. The school district will offer the camps at nine high school campuses, with two sessions at each location open to public and private school students living in the county. The cost is $156.00 per student and the sessions will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The online application can be found at Students will be selected using a lottery and will be notified of their placement through an email starting March 9. Each site can accommodate a maximum of 40 students per session. Students must be at least 15 years old and must have a learner’s permit or operator’s license when the session begins. Two absences result in an automatic withdrawal from the course. The program is not open to high school graduates. The first session will begin on June 3 and the second one on June 17.

Sanderlin Future City team heads to U.S. capital

From left, Natalie Rostek, Emma Soules, Emi Harris, Charlie Eggimann and Jonah Williams made up the team from James B. Sanderlin IB World School that won the 2020 Regional Future City Competition recently. [Pinellas County Schools]

Students from James B. Sanderlin IB World School in St. Petersburg won the 2020 Regional Future City Competition. The group of five students was one of 24 teams from the Tampa Bay area. They planned to travel to Washington, D.C., this week for the national competition. Future City is an engineering competition that poses a question to sixth, seventh and eighth-graders: How can you make the world a better place? The students then imagine, research, design and build cities that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics have included stormwater management, urban agriculture, public spaces and green energy. This year’s topic is “Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow.” Members of the Sanderlin team are Charlie Eggimann, Emi Harris, Natalie Rostek, Emma Soules and Jonah Williams.

Eckerd film festival highlights environmental themes

The Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival starts Friday at Eckerd College and continues through Feb. 29. All films will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on campus. In the first film Ága, an elderly indigenous Nanook and his wife attempt to live day by day on the frozen tundra in harmony with a world increasingly thrown out of balance. Other films over the next week include a Tuesday presentation of Sea of Shadows, a documentary illuminating the dual role of technology (nets, drones, moving images) to help as well as hinder efforts to save the species from exploitation by organized crime. A discussion will follow. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the festival continues with Honeyland, an observational documentary about a Turkish beekeeper in Macedonia. A discussion will follow with film studies professor Nick Corrao. The series is free and open to the public. For more information, including a full listing and official trailers, visit The Eckerd campus is at 4200 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg.

SPC concert to feature animal-themed works

St. Petersburg College will host the Community Concert Band and Wind Symphony in a performance designed to highlight the school’s Veterinary Technology program. The concert will be at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Joël Vaïsse, principal trombonist of the Florida Orchestra, will be featured as a guest soloist. The music will include several animal-themed works such as Noisy Wheels of Joy by Eric Whitacre, Old Ben’s Farm by Andrew Boysen, and more. For information, contact Nathan Muehl at

April music festival looking for student performers

Organizers of the Good Vibes Only Art & Music Festival are in search of student musicians, bands and visual artists to participate in the one-day event on Saturday, April 25. The festival, a joint venture between St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, is a celebration of student art and music. It will be held from 3-7 p.m. at Williams Park, 350 Second Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Artist applicants must apply by April 10 by visiting

Elementary school lunches

Monday: Hamburger or cheeseburger, chicken and waffle, fruit and yogurt plate, deli meat and cheese sandwich, Tater Tots, fresh veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Beef or pork tacos, Cheesy Bread, chicken caesar salad, Jamwich Kit, marinara cup, refried beans, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Mandarin orange chicken bowl, macaroni and cheese, yogurt and fruit parfait, ham and cheese croissant, steamed broccoli florets, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Student Choice Menu — students choose the hot entrees and vegetable options. Apple‐a‐Day Salad, chicken caesar wrap, mixed side salad.

Friday: Pizza variety, teriyaki beef dippers with rice and roll, chef salad, turkey and cheese hoagie or sandwich, mixed vegetables, fresh veggie dippers.