Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Cinderella Project Makes Dreams Come True for Pasco Girls

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 1, 2018) – Pasco County high school students who have no budget for prom will have six opportunities this year to choose a free ensemble with help from the Cinderella Project’s fairy godmothers.

The Cinderella Project of Pasco is in its 15th year of providing new and gently used prom dresses and accessories at no cost to young ladies with financial need.  Girls from all Pasco County high schools can benefit from the Cinderella Project, according to head “fairy godmother” and organizer Julie Rockwell.  “We have hundreds of beautiful dresses in all colors, styles and bling to choose from”.

The Cinderella Project accepts donations of contemporary prom-style dresses and accessories (shoes, purses, costume jewelry) in excellent condition. Cash donations to the Cinderella Project are used to purchase brand new dresses and shoes when sizes are not available in the donated inventory.

Donations may be dropped off at the Raymond James office, 9040 Tryfon Blvd., Suite A-104, at the corner of Little Road and Trinity Boulevard in the Trinity Town Center.   

Since 2003, the project has supplied dresses and accessories to more than a thousand Pasco County girls with financial need.  This year, there are three locations – all Pasco County high schools – for the boutiques.

“Our goal is to be sure no one misses their prom because of lack of funds”, said Rockwell.

Students can try on and pick out their ensemble from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the following days:

· March 5 and 6 at Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Ave., Hudson
· March 7 and 8 at Gulf High School, 5355 School Rd., New Port Richey
· March 12 and 13 at Wesley Chapel High School, 30243 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

Signs will be posted at the entrances with directions to the boutiques.  For more information about The Cinderella Project, visit their Facebook page, The Cinderella Project Pasco County.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

13 Pasco Students Awarded for Going Green

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (February 20, 2018) – Pasco County Schools’ Recycling Operations Department and Pasco County Recycling and Education have named 13 Art of Recycling contest winners.

            Grace Carter, Sunlake High School, won first place overall with “In the Eyes of the Turtle;” Anna Scarfone, Ridgewood High School, won second place overall with “Bee Green, Bee Pollution Free;” and Holly Denette, Ridgewood High School, won third place overall with “Bleached Life.”

            The following Pasco Schools students won the special categories awards:

  • Meagan Reiss, Sunlake, Best Use of Materials for “Rainbow Fish;”
  • Wesley Womack, Sunlake, Best Use of Plastic for “Waves of Plastic;”
  • Sarah Wasley, J.W. Mitchell, Best Artist Expression for “Afghan Girl – Steve McCurry;”
  • Alexys Armentrout, Wiregrass Ranch, won Best Use of Aluminum for “We Can Save Our Birds;”
  • Brittany Stumpf, Gulf High, Best Environmental Concept for “Turtle Trouble;”
  • Felicitee Bly, Wiregrass Ranch, Most Innovative for “Worlds;”
  • Kiersten Houck, Genesis Prep, Covanta Award for “Recycling Is a Piece of Cake;”
  • Faith Graves, Ridgewood High, AOR Award for “Light the Way;” and
  • Hannah Farrell, J.W. Mitchell, People’s Choice Award for “Sisters in Solidarity.”

Pasco County Schools and Pasco County Recycling and Education founded the Art of Recycling contest in 1996 to promote environmental awareness, recycling, and an appreciation of the arts. Pasco County high school students submit their artwork, and it is judged during the first week of February. In addition to the categorical awards, community sponsors donate cash awards, which range from $100 to $500.

All of the artwork is on display at the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey, through Feb. 23. The 13 winning pieces then will be displayed inside the lobbies of buildings three and four at the Pasco County Schools District Office Complex, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes, throughout March.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Gulf Middle School Cleans Up Its Environment

Who: Gulf Middle School and its community

What: Great American Cleanup

When: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 3

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

Why: Students and staff will celebrate the Great American Cleanup’s 20th anniversary by beautifying the environment and promoting environmental awareness.

How: The Gulf Middle School Student Council and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) club will join forces for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.  Students will pick up trash around Gulf Middle School in an effort to beautify the area.  For more information, contact Liz Kuhns at (727) 774-8018.

Launch Your Career at Pasco Schools Spring Job Fair

Who: Pasco County Schools and aspiring educators

What: Spring Instructional Job Fair

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 1

Where: Dr. John Long Middle School, 2025 Mansfield Blvd. in Wesley Chapel

Why: Our district is hosting a job fair for teachers and student services employees.
Positions are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in various areas, including:

·         Reading
·         Math
·         Science
·         Emotional and Behavioral Disorders/Autism Spectrum Disorder (EBD/ASD)
·         School Nurse
·         Behavioral Analyst

How: Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and attend teacher certification
information sessions. Visit for more information and pre-register for a chance to win door prizes — winners must attend the event to collect their prize. Contact Lori A. Perreault at (813) 794-2845 or for additional information.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Become a Substitute Teacher at Pasco Schools

Who: Pasco County Schools and aspiring substitute teachers

What: Substitute Teacher Job Fair

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22

Where: Pasco County Schools district office complex Bldg. 2, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes

Why: Pasco County Schools is looking for substitute teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

How: Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews for instructional substitute positions.
Candidates must have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED). Certified substitute teachers can earn up to $160 each day for some long-term assignments. For more information about the event and to register, visit

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