Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WWII Veteran to Receive Posthumous Diploma

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 24, 2017) – Alfred Smith was drafted out of high-school to serve in World War II, and never completed high school.  Recently, his grandson, Robert Pullen, Esq., USAF, Ret., worked with the Florida Department of Education to see that his “Pepa” was awarded a high school diploma.

Mr. Pullen’s grandmother, Ruth Smith, will accept Alfred Smith’s diploma from Superintendent Kurt Browning during the Pasco High School graduation ceremony on Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s football stadium.

Approximately 10 of Mr. Smith’s family members will attend the ceremony and will sit in a reserved area on the field.  After traditional speeches, Superintendent Browning will present the diploma to Mrs. Smith before the class of 2017 receive their diplomas (at approximately 8:30 p.m.).

Mr. Smith was a private in the Army in Germany during WWII. He earned the Bronze Star for his service.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Land O’ Lakes High School Welcomes Home Champions

Who: Land O’ Lakes High School softball team members, students, and staff

What: Softball Team Championship Recognition

When: 7:50 a.m., Wednesday, May 24

Where: Land O’ Lakes High School football stadium, 20325 Gator Lane, in Land O’ Lakes

Why: The Land O’ Lakes High School softball team won the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 6A Softball State Championship Saturday by defeating seven-time champs American Heritage 3 to 1.

How: The school will conduct a fire drill at 7:30 a.m., during which students will evacuate to the football stadium.  While there, Land O’ Lakes principal Ric Mellin, staff, and students will congratulate and recognize Coach Mitch Wilkins and the softball team for their championship performance.

It’s Teachers’ Choice at Pasco Schools Hiring Event

Who: Pasco County Schools staff and qualified teachers interested in employment

What: Teacher Interview and Hiring Event

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 1

Where: Pasco County Schools District Office Building 3, 7205 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes

Why: During this event, qualified teachers will have the potential to get matched and interview with at least one district school.

How: Those interested in an interview must apply to attend the event at http://www.pascoschools.org/employment and complete the “Teacher Interview and Hiring Event Application.” After the application is approved, the applicant will receive an email that prompts him/her to rank the attending schools based on employment interest. Candidates will be matched based on compatibility. For more information, contact the Office for Human Resources and Educator Quality at work@pasco.k12.fl.us or (813) 794-2845.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pasco Schools to Make Sure Kids Have Fun, Don’t Go Hungry This Summer

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 22, 2017) – Pasco County Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department will once again provide the summer feeding program to all children under age 18 at various sites across the county from Monday, June 5 until Friday, August 4.

Meals will be served free of charge at 42 school locations and 45 additional locations around the county to anyone under the age of 18. Visit www.summerfoodpasco.net to find serving locations. Families without internet can find the nearest location by calling 813-794-2480.

Each day during summer, the Summer Lunch Buses will deliver food at mobile stops, as follows:

Dade City (Bus 1)

Stop #1
Arbours  Apartments
12861 Stately Oak Street, Dade City
11:30 a.m. to noon

Stop #2
Farm Workers Self-Help
37124 Lock Street, Dade City
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Stop #3
Lake George Manor
15246 Davis Loop, Dade City
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.


Dade City (Bus 2)

Stop #1
Cypress Manor Apartments
20637 Evergreen Ct., Dade City
11:30 a.m. to noon

Stop #2
Glorious Church
37504 Trilby Road, Dade City
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Stop #3
Hilltop Landings Apartments
15641 14th Street, Dade City
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Holiday (Bus 1)
Stop #1
Weston Oaks Apartments  
1251 Weston Oaks Drive, Holiday
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Stop #2
12:45-1:15
South Holiday Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday
Noon to 12:45 p.m.

Stop #3  
Centennial Park Library
5740 Moog Road, Holiday
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.


Hudson (Bus 1)
Stop #1
Hudson Hills
15902 Homewood Lane, Hudson
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Stop #2 
Hudson Library
8012 Library Road, Hudson
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Hudson (Bus 2)
Stop #1
Regency Park Library
9701 Little Rd, New Port Richey
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Stop #2
Harbor Oaks Apartments
12221 Holbrook Drive, Hudson
12:30 p.m. to1 p.m.

Stop #3
Hudson Ridge Apartments
12140 Hudson Ridge Road, Hudson
1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
For an extra dose of fun, children are invited to stop by one of four watermelon-themed parties, which will include food, games, prizes, cool treats, and lots of fun for the whole family. The parties are from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., as follows:
·         Friday, June 9 – Zephyr Park (5039 4th Street, Zephyrhills)
·         Thursday, June 15 – First Baptist Church (39607 Central Ave, Zephyrhills)
·         Thursday, June 22 – Regency Park Library (9701 Little Road, New Port Richey)
·         Thursday, June 29 – Hudson Library (8012 Library Road, Hudson)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pasco Schools Chef Serves up Veggies from Class-Run Garden

Who: Hudson Elementary School students and staff, chef Vince Blancato from Gulfside Elementary School, and Pasco County Master Gardeners

What: A Garden Experience!

When: 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 23

Where: Hudson Elementary School, 7229 Hudson Ave. in Hudson

Why: Chef Blancato will encourage students to eat fresh vegetables by showing them how to prepare delicious dishes.

How: Mrs. Sojka’s second-grade scholars and Pasco County Master Gardeners tended a class garden together throughout the school year, and now students will be able to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. Chef Blancato will prepare vegetables from Mrs. Sojka’s second-grade students’ garden.  For more information, contact parent involvement coordinator Lisa Ganes at (727) 774-4016 or lganes@pasco.k12.fl.us.

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