Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Help River Ridge High Programs Restore Historic Florida Communities

Who: River Ridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC and National Honor Society, and Florida communities that were devastated by Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew

What: The Royal Relief Race fundraiser for the Cedar key and Flagler Beach communities

When: 7:30 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017

Where: Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive in Spring Hill

Why: To help raise money in support of families from Cedar Key and Flagler Beach, two historic Florida communities that were devastated last year by Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew.

How: River Ridge High’s Air Force Junior ROTC and National Honor Society have planned a fun run in the wilderness. Proceeds from the event will go to the families and businesses from the ravaged Cedar Key and Flagler Beach communities, and help repair the millions of dollars in damage. The event features a 1-mile fun run for all ages, and 5K and 10K races for adults and students. Registration prices vary. Donation and sponsorship opportunities also are available. To register, or learn how to donate or become a sponsor, visit, or contact Zachary Vanlangendonck — president, RRHS National Honor Society member, and RRHS AFJROTC vice corps commander — at, or Connor Beckman — vice president, RRHS National Honor Society member, and RRHS AFJROTC executive officer — at Runners must register by March 15 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Parking for the event is $2.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Unlock a Treasure Chest of Giving at Gulf Middle

Who: Gulf Middle School faculty, students and community members

What: Gulf Middle School’s Gulf Treasure Chest Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

When: 9 a.m., Friday, March 3

Where: Gulf Middle School, 6419 Louisiana Ave. in New Port Richey

Why: To celebrate the re-opening of the school’s free resource that provides Gulf Middle School students with clothing, shoes, toiletries and school supplies.

How: Gulf Middle School invites the Pasco County community to the grand reopening of this free resource for the school’s students. Light refreshments will follow the event. RSVP by March 1 with Liz Kuhns at Parking will be available off Harrison Street between the school gym and media center.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Pasco Students Begin Their Odyssey of the Mind

Who: 150 teams representing 55 Pasco County schools

What: Elementary and Secondary Odyssey of the Mind® Tournaments

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 25 (Secondary), 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 (Elementary)

Where: February 25, Rushe Middle School, 18654 Mentmore Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes - March 4, Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Rd., in Wesley Chapel

Why: To teach students creative problem solving skills and teamwork.

How: Odyssey of the Mind® is a creative problem solving competition started in 1978 by Dr. Sam Miklus. Students indulge their creativity, think critically to solve new problems, and work as a team. Their teams are comprised of five to seven members and at least one coach. The coach(es) may teach skills, but may not disclose the problem’s solution. Their teams will compete in up to six different long term problems to determine advancement to the state tournament at the University of Central Florida on April 8. Performances take place between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days. On February 25, awards are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., and on March 4, awards are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. At the awards ceremony, the Gulf Coast Regional Board will award four college scholarships to graduating seniors who spent eight to 12 years competing on Odyssey teams. Pasco students traditionally excel in these tournaments. Last year, students from Mittye P. Locke Elementary School, Wesley Chapel High School, Wiregrass Ranch High School, and Dayspring Academy won their state championship category and competed in the 37th Odyssey of the Mind® World Finals. These tournaments are open to the public. Maps and a complete schedule can be found at For more information, contact Freda Abercrombie, Gulf Coast Odyssey of the Mind® regional director, at 813-924-0850.

Renowned Speaker to Headline 6th Annual After-School Conference

Who: Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman and approximately 350 afterschool providers from around the state

What: Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a Hall of Fame leadership speaker and New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, will give the key note speech at this year’s Pasco County Schools PLACE Program 6th Annual After-School Conference: “Soaring to New Heights.”

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 8

Where: River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey

Why: Waldman will teach professional leaders how to build trusting, revenue-producing relationships with their employees, partner, and customers. Participants also will join an array of after-school providers during a full day of comprehensive professional development opportunities, food and door prizes.

How: Waldman will share his experiences as a decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman. During his service, Waldman received countless honors and flew 65 real-world combat missions. He is a Certified Speaking Professional, and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, and the Denver Broncos. Guests will have the opportunity to select from more than 30 development workshops for administration professionals, site-based management, and frontline direct care providers. They also will be able to view the latest in after-school resources, meet vendors, gain enhanced knowledge of school age childcare through the network of peers and colleagues in attendance, and earn training certificates. Tickets to the event include breakfast and lunch. Purchase cards and purchase orders are available upon request. To purchase tickets, visit For more information on the event and alternative payment methods, visit or contact registration liaison Dorcia Bartenope at (813) 794-2215.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Woodland Elementary School Invites Parents to Remodeling Project Discussion

Who: Woodland Elementary School parents, students, and staff; district staff, and representatives from Wharton-Smith, Inc. contractors and Furr & Wegman Architects

What: Woodland Elementary School remodeling and addition project parent meeting

When: 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 28

Where: Woodland Elementary School, 38203 Henry Drive in Zephyrhills

Why: Woodland Elementary invites parents to discuss the school’s plan to increase its student capacity from 652 to 900 and upgrade its facilities.

How: The school plans to add an additional building to its campus; convert its old cafeteria into classrooms and a STEM lab; remodel its restrooms to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements; remodel its administration office, including the adjoining conference room, restrooms, and teacher work area; install new school entrance signage; and redesign its parking lot and bus loop. The project will be completed in two phases, which will run from summer 2017 to August 2018. For additional information, contact Woodland Elementary School at (813) 794-6400.

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