Duke Energy gift boosts Pinellas STEM academies A $212,000 donation from Duke Energy will help the Pinellas County school system continue its after-school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs at dozens of schools across the district, officials said. The programs, called STEM academies, are in place at 51 elementary, middle and high schools receiving Title 1 federal funding for low-income students. The Duke Energy funding will allow the schools to offer at least two after-school academies, potentially impacting more than 2,000 students. Since 2013, Duke has donated $913,222 to the district’s K-12 STEM Department in support of the STEM Academy program. The support has impacted over 9,300 students. SPC forum to focus on national politics CNN analyst Bakari Sellers will address a community forum Oct. 10 at St. Petersburg College. His presentation will focus on the current state of politics and where the nation is headed. Sellers, who at 22 was the youngest African-American elected to public office, is also an advocate for social justice. The forum will be from 6-8 p.m. at SPC’s Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Admission is free but advance registration is required. Visit solutions.spcollege.edu to register. Eckerd College lecture: conservation, environmental activism Deirdre Yeater, an associate professor at Sacred Heart University, is coming to Eckerd College to discuss conservation psychology and the implications related to citizenship, environmental activism, and the importance of attitudes, personal action and individual responsibility. Yeater has been studying dolphin ecotourism, visitor behavior at zoos and aquariums, and people’s attitudes about nature before and after participating in a swim-with-dolphins program. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Sheen Auditorium on the Eckerd campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Resource Fair steers families toward help The Pinellas School system will host a Family Resource Fair from 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School, 3901 22nd Ave. S in St. Petersburg. The event will give families an opportunity to learn about resources available from 30 to 50 agencies, including the health department, the housing authority, city and county governments, the Juvenile Welfare Board, after-school and child care agencies, local colleges and universities and others. For more information, email Sheila Kane at [email protected] or Valerie Brimm at [email protected] The event is being organized by the school district’s Office of Strategic Partnerships. Elementary school lunches Monday: Chicken and waffle, cheesy bread, fruit and yogurt plate, bologna and cheese sandwich, sweet peas, marinara cup, fresh veggie dippers. Tuesday: Soft chicken tacos, corn dog, farmer’s salad or Apple-a-Day Salad, Jamwich Kit, country baked beans, romaine side salad. Wednesday: Chicken drumstick with hush puppy, pasta and meatballs, 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, citrus salad. Friday: Pizza variety, fish nuggets with roll, chicken caesar salad, turkey and cheese ciabatta sandwich, mashed potatoes, fresh veggie dippers.