Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Education

School notes for Oct. 12

Calendar

Oct. 12: End of first grading quarter.

Oct. 15: Teacher planning day. No school for students.

Oct. 23: Report cards

Briefs

Belle of the Ball Project will provide free homecoming dresses and accessories to in-need high school girls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at 1210 Holt Avenue, Clearwater. The charity, now in its second decade of serving girls, welcomes all financially needy girls to get a dress, regardless of where they live.

Dresses are available to all in-need, high school girls for their high school dances (prom, homecoming, military ball ). No referral letter or appointments are needed. A $1 to $5 donation is requested but not required.

Dresses are for high school dances only.

Donations of dresses and accessories can be made at the site, dates/times listed above. Large-size dresses are the biggest need (size 18-26). For 39 other convenient year-round donation sites (including ALL Sun Country Cleaners locations) and more information about Belle of the Ball Project, call (877) 772-3553) or go to www.belleoftheballproject.com and Facebook: Tampa Bay Area Belle of the Ball.

 

The Pasco Education Foundation is accepting applications from teachers for the 2018-2019 Innovative Classroom Projects grant program. Annually, the grant program provides teachers throughout Pasco County with financial resources to enhance education in the classroom and inspire learning. Grants are valued at $500. Deadline is Oct. 15. For information and application, go to www.pascoeducationfoundation.org/employees/classroom-grants/

Arts/Theater/Music

Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey.(727) 744-7382, centerfortheartsriverridge.com:

  • Florida Orchestra Concert, 10:30 a.m. and noon Oct. 17.

  • Gulf Middle drama presents Competition Piece, a comedy about young actors in a thespian-like competition, 7 p.m. Oct.19-20. $5.

  • River Ridge High drama presents The Awesome 80s Prom, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27 in the River Ridge High cafeteria. Tickets are $5 for Thursday preview; $10 for Friday and Saturday shows. Two for one tickets are available ($10) for audience members who come dressed in 80s' costume.

Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. (813) 794-8772, centerfortheartswesleychapel.com:

  • Florida Orchestra Concert, 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Oct. 18. $7.

  • Sunlake High drama performance, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

  • Rusche Middle choral and band concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 19.

  • Wesley Chapel Comedy Show, 7 p.m. Oct. 25-26.

Library notes

Local libraries offer an assortment of educational activities throughout the week. Check out a sample of upcoming youth activities listed below. Don't see something you like? For more information and a complete calendar of events and programs at Pasco County Libraries, go to www.pascolibraries.org. For information about events at programs at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to www.npr.org.

Make it Fall!, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. Celebrate the season with fall craft activities. For children.

Open Build Costume Making, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 in the foundary makerspace at the Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. Fabric and materials are available, or bring your own. Staff will help with sewing. All ages.

Frightening Forensics, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Learn about crime scene analysis, forensic science and more from this special presentation by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Grades 4-7.

Pumpkin Slime, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. Arts and crafts program for teens.

Newsmakers

Special Olympics named Land O’ Lakes High School, Longleaf Elementary School and Seven Springs Middle School 2018 National Banner Unified Champion Schools. Each school will receive a commemorative banner that will be hung on campus to highlight this national achievement. A National Banner School must meet ten standards of excellence among four categories, including unified sports, inclusive youth leadership, whole-school engagement and sustainability.

Send your schools news to Michele Miller at [email protected]

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