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Pinellas education news: Summer reading program, plumbing courses, clothing donations and more

Published Jul. 6, 2016

STUDENTS who read CAN WIN PRIZES; watch for book bus

Though the summer break is half over, students are still encouraged to join the Pinellas County school system's summer reading initiative, designed to help them stay on top of their reading. The program gives students a chance to win weekly prizes such as movie passes, sports tickets and tablets, just for logging reading time at pcsb.org/summerreading. Another part of the program, the PCS Book Bus, is ongoing as well. Students will have the chance to pick out books during scheduled stops by the Book Bus on Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. at Largo Middle and noon-2 p.m. at Belleair Elementary, and on Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. at Melrose Elementary and noon-2 p.m. at Mildred Helms Elementary.

PTEC offers basic plumbing courses for homeowners

Home improvement stores offer classes on how to tackle household maintenance projects. So does the Pinellas Technical College Clearwater campus. The campus has two plumbing classes remaining on its schedule. Members of the community can learn to install a garbage disposal, replace bath and kitchen fixtures, clean and recaulk wet areas, and replace toilet flushing hardware. The classes, which cost $50, are from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the campus, 6100 154th Ave. N in Clearwater. Reservations are required. For information or to reserve a spot, call (727) 538-7167, ext. 2158.

STEM camps still have openings

Seats are still available for STEM summer camps offered by Pinellas County Schools. Students in grades 4-7 will learn how to build a robot, write their own computer code, design a building or bridge using engineering concepts and hear from experts working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The two upcoming camps are from Monday to Thursday at Pinellas Park Middle School and the following week, July 18-21, at Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater. The camps cost $100 per session and each one has 40 spots. Applications are still being accepted. For information, visit pcsb.org/stem.

Kids clothing donations needed

Clothes To Kids, which provides gently used clothing to more than 11,000 low-income and in-crisis children in Pinellas each year, needs pants, shorts and shoes for elementary age boys. There is a particular need for boys' uniform pants and shoes in sizes 6-12. Clothes To Kids asks the community to donate items from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1059 N Hercules Ave. in Clearwater or at 2168 34th St. S in St. Petersburg. Cash donations also are needed to purchase clothing in short supply, new underwear and socks. For information about the organization, call (727) 441-5050 or visit clothestokids.org.

SPC urges drone training

The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College is offering training on how to operate drones. The five-day Unmanned Aerial Systems Pilot Certificate Prep Course is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. July 18-22 at the SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N in Largo. "There is a need to understand the responsibility of ownership," said Susan Garrett, program director of industry certifications at SPC. "There is a need for safety and respect for privacy when operating a drone, either as a hobbyist or for commercial purposes. It is important for all drone owners to understand that they are, indeed, aviators." For information, call (727) 341-4445.

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