Thursday, December 14, 2017

R.B. Stewart Middle School Team Receives Recognition for 7-Year Winning Streak

Who: R.B. Stewart Middle School football team and Zephyrhills Mayor Gene Whitfield

What: Special presentation

When: 10 a.m. Friday, December 15,

Where: R.B. Stewart Middle School cafeteria
            38505 Tenth Ave., Zephyrhills

Why: Mayor Whitfield is recognizing the football team for winning 41 consecutive football games and seven conference titles.  

How: The Mayor is presenting a proclamation to the RBSMS football team for their outstanding performance.  The Bulldogs football team, other student athletes, cheerleaders, members of the band, school and district staff will attend the presentation and congratulate the team members for their outstanding performance and amazing winning record.  Although middle school records are difficult to find, USA Football shows that only five high schools in the country have more consecutive wins, and one has the same number.

Santa and Volunteers Bring Holiday Cheer to Gulf Trace Elementary

Who: Gulf Trace Elementary School Head Start pre-kindergarten students, school volunteers, and Santa Claus

What: Santa visit and gift distribution

When: 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 22

Where: Gulf Trace Elementary School, Bldg. 4, 3303 Gulf Trace Blvd. in Holiday

Why: Santa Claus and school volunteers will bring holiday cheer and gifts to pre-kindergarten students during this holiday event.

How: Santa Claus and school volunteer Shirley Bates, along with members of her women’s golf league, will deliver gifts to each Head Start pre-kindergarten class. Ms. Bates has long served as the school’s Secret Santa, and she and Santa Claus are sure to bring holiday cheer to all of the students. For more information, call Karen Englander at (727) 246-3653.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Video and Photos:  Community Steps Up to Donate Toys for Pasco Children in Need

Who: Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, Superintendent Kurt Browning, and school social workers

What: Delivery of Holiday Toy Drive donated toys

When: 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11th

Where: Pasco County Schools office complex warehouse
             7301 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Building 1, Land O’ Lakes

Why: To ensure needy children have gifts during the holiday season.

How: Commissioner Mike Moore initiated a toy drive for Pasco County Schools children in need during the month of November.  Community members donated unwrapped toys for children between the ages of 5 and 13 at drop-off locations throughout the county.  On Monday, Commissioner Moore will deliver the toys to the district’s warehouse and school social workers will divide them up to take back to their schools for deserving children.


Video:  (Interviews with Commissioner Mike Moore and Superintendent Kurt Browning.)


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

COULD YOU BE THE NEXT GREAT MENTOR?  Take Stock in Children New Mentor Training & Orientation Dates

Pasco County, FL – December 6, 2017 — Take Stock in Children, a Pasco Education Foundation program, offers Pasco County students scholarships, mentors and hope.  Break the cycle of poverty through education by becoming a Take Stock in Children mentor. Mentors meet at the student’s school 2 to 4 times per month.
Mentors are currently needed at: Centennial Middle (female), Hudson Middle (female), Mitchell High (female), Sunlake High (male), Zephyrhills High (female).  
Mentor 101 training dates are:

  • December 12, 2017 (4:00PM)          
  • December 18, 2017 (10:00am)
  • January 17, 2018 (1:00pm)             
  • January 22, 2018   (11:00am)

For more information, contact Diana Jerome, TSIC Mentor Coordinator, at (813) 794-2134, or

Pasco Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program has served more than 650 deserving needs-based students in grades 7-12 annually and has a 96% success rate. Take Stock’s high school dropout prevention and college attainment efforts contribute to the economic viability of Florida’s communities. To learn more about Take Stock in Children or becoming a mentor or supporter, or visit

Holiday Angels to Bring Home-Made Gifts to Hudson Elementary Students

Who: Angels in the Pines, Toy Makers, and Hudson Elementary School students

What: Holiday gift delivery

When: 8:50 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., Friday, Dec. 8

Where: Hudson Elementary School
             7229 Hudson Ave., Hudson

Why: The two Heritage Pines retirement community groups make hats, scarves, and wooden toys for the needy students whose families may not be able to afford such things, and deliver them every year during the holiday season.  The retirees also deliver gifts to other schools in the Hudson and Shady Hills areas.

How: Every class at the school will file through the media center at their designated time.  Students will choose their toys and scarves, and then the class will sit together and open their gifts at the same time.  More than 83 percent of Hudson Elementary students are considered low income.

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