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Kiwanis of Dunedin presents "Terrific Kids" awards to students at Curtis Fundamental

The Kiwanis Club of Dunedin presented "Terrific Kids" awards to 10 outstanding students at Curtis Fundamental. The students received certificates and a "Terrific Kids" t-shirt. "Terrific Kids" is a student recognition program the promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance. Students work with their classroom teacher and establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance or schoolwork.

PSTA employees donate $6k to Ronald McDonald House

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority employees donated more than $6,000 in an effort to adopt a room at a local Ronald McDonald House for children and their families receiving treatment at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Leadership PSTA is an annual leadership development program for high potential employees. Each year the class is required to use the skills they've learned toward a community project that will make a positive impact. The 2018 Leadership PSTA class chose to set a goal of fundraising $5,000 in order to adopt a room in the Ronald McDonald House St. Pete West for five years. Staff donations exceeded $6,050 and will sponsor a room for six years. PSTA also provided free bus passes for the families to use for transportation during their stay.

"100 Women Who Care" donates $12K to Answered Prayers Project

100 Women Who Care of Pinellas County recently presented the Answered Prayers Project with a donation of $12,000. The charity also received a $5,000 matching gift from the Richard M. Schulze Foundation. The mission of the Answered Prayers Project is to equip low-income women with skills to gain workforce opportunities while building a community of support, restoring their dignity, and fostering hope through faith, cloth and clay. The funding will go toward the Answered Prayers Project's newest program called Sewn Together, a 16-week workforce readiness program and social enterprise. It is designed to help low-income women find community and emotional support while learning how to sew. Almost all of the women in the program are in a major life transition of some kind. They may be immigrants or refugees; they might be living in a shelter; they may be starting a new life after escaping an abusive relationship or even coming out of jail. The seamstresses who graduate from the sewing classes can go to work for the Sewn Together social enterprise, where they make pillows and wine bags, which are then sold to provide income for graduates and support the cost of classes. In turn, the graduates will also have the training necessary to secure jobs in local industries that employ seamstresses, such as cushion and awning production. Classes are offered at no cost to participants every 16 weeks.

St. Petersburg General Hospital nurse recognized

St. Petersburg General Intensive Care Unit Charge Nurse Roberta Allessandro recently won the DAISY nursing award. The DAISY award for outstanding patient care is an international recognition program. Allessandro was chosen by a council comprised of nurses at St. Petersburg General Hospital.

St. Petersburg fire rescue member wins bodybuilding championship

Rob Terry, a St Peterburg firefighter and a former WWE and Impact Wrestling professional wrestler, recently won the 2018 INBA PNBA Natural Mr. Olympia, holding the title for a second year in a row as Natural Olympian Champion.