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A Geico gecko visited a class of second grade students from Robles Elementary School after they won a schoolwide contest to create anti-bullying posters, with theirs using a Geico-inspired slogan. [Courtesy photo]
A Geico gecko visited a class of second grade students from Robles Elementary School after they won a schoolwide contest to create anti-bullying posters, with theirs using a Geico-inspired slogan. [Courtesy photo]
Published Mar. 28, 2016

COLLEGE PREPAREDNESS

High schools host college-related events

Hillsborough County Public Schools will hold its last Pasos al Futuro event of the school year Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Jefferson High School auditorium. The meetings are meant to offer college advice to students and parents including applying to college and financial aid, and are spoken in Spanish only. Meanwhile, Blake High School will host the Historically Black College and University College Fair and Decision Day on 10 a.m. Saturday. Students can drop off applications until 11 a.m., then visit universities including Florida A&M University, Alabama State University and Tuskegee University.

MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA

Hillsborough magnet schools recognized

Twenty-one Hillsborough magnet schools and programs were recognized by Magnet Schools of America. Those that won the top Magnet Schools of Excellence award included Cahoon, Dunbar, Muller and Riverhills elementary magnet schools, Ferrell Girls Preparatory Academy and Williams middle magnet schools, Middleton and Tampa Bay Technical high schools and Roland Park K-8 Magnet School. Other local magnet schools won secondary awards as well.

To learn more about this and other Hillsborough County School District stories, go to its Newsdesk site.

COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Robotics class headed to world championship

Coleman Middle School's robotics class has won regional and state competitions and is now headed to 2016 VEX Worlds in Louisville from Apr. 20-24. The team of 13 eighth-graders will square off against other teams from across the globe.

ROBLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Geico gecko visits students

A class of second grade students from Robles Elementary School got the chance to meet Geico's gecko. The visit came after a schoolwide contest creating anti-bullying posters, with the winning class using a Geico-inspired slogan and the company's Lakeland office learning about it. The slogan was "If you're a student, you come to school — that's what you do. If you're against bullying, you stop it — it's what you do."

RUSKIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SouthShore Players donate to music program

The performing arts group SouthShore Players donated proceeds from its recent performance to the music program at Ruskin Elementary School. The funds came from a recent Broadway Goes Pop musical revenue and split, with the other half of the money going to the construction of a new South Shore area performing arts center.

TAMPA YMCA

Students headed to Tallahassee

More than 100 students in Tampa YMCA's Youth in Government program are headed to Tallahassee to take part in the Florida State Assembly on Wednesday. The model legislative program lets students write bills, elect officers and more. Participants include 37 teens from the Campo YMCA, 34 from the Plant City YMCA, 23 from the South Tampa YMCA and 15 from Blake High School.

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