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  1. Education

Class notes for May 19

Weightman Middle student Dominic Fonesca was named winner of Clerk & Comptroller Paula O’Neill’s Constitutional Officers Essay Contest. He was honored at a ceremony at the school. Pictured from left are Deputy Tax Collector Billy Poulos, Tax Collector Mike Fasano, Dominic Fonseca, Weightman gifted teacher Freda Abercrombie and principal Rachel Fowler.


• May 25-28: High school commencements.

• May 26: Last day of school for students.

Class notes

• The Pasco County Schools' closing reception for the "MyArt" teacher art show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. Teacher-artists from kindergarten through Grade 12 will exhibit an array of 2-D and 3-D artwork that embodies their creativity and craftsmanship. Students and the community will have an opportunity to interact with the teacher-artists and ask them questions. For information, contact Tom Viking, fine arts program coordinator, at

Bishop Larkin Catholic School will celebrate the building of a new multipurpose building with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. May 25 at the school, 8408 Monarch Drive, Port Richey. Construction is set to begin soon after the current school year ends. The building will include a cafeteria and gymnasium as well as a place to welcome families and the community for events. Bishop Larkin Catholic School first opened to students in 1989 on the grounds of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in Port Richey. In 1998, after moving several times, the school found a permanent home adjacent to St. James Catholic Church. For information, go to or

Library notes

• Sewing Basics 101 — Mini Clutch, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. Patrons will become familiar with the sewing machine and practice by stitching a small craft item. Ages 9 and up. Call (813) 929-1214 to register. A signed liability waiver is required.

• Family Movie & Popcorn, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. Enjoy a recently released movie, popcorn and juice. For kids 12 and under accompanied by parent or guardian.

For information about events at all Pasco County Libraries, go to For information about events at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to


• Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano recently announced that Dominic Fonesca, an eighth-grade student at Weightman Middle School in Wesley Chapel, was named winner of Clerk & Comptroller Paula O'Neill's Constitutional Officers Essay Contest. The contest, held during March, was open to students in grades 6 through 8, who answered the question, "How do you, as a middle school student, benefit from taxes your family, friends and neighbors pay?" Fonseca is enrolled in the gifted program at Weightman Middle and has been accepted into the International Baccalaureate program at Land O'Lakes High School for the 2017-18 school year. He was awarded a $300 Best Buy gift card at a ceremony April 28 at Weightman Middle.