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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eggstravagant Breakfast

Who:  Richey Elementary School students and staff, Superintendent Kurt Browning, School Board Member Joanne Hurley, Senator Wilton Simpson, Representative Amanda Murphy, Debbie Bergstrom and Sarah Stevenson with the Department of Agriculture Nutrition Education and Outreach program, and Florida Poultry Federation representatives

What:  Farm to School breakfast and program

When:  9 a.m. Wednesday, October 29

Where:  Richey Elementary School, 6850 Adams St., New Port Richey

Why:  October is National Farm to School Month, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Florida Poultry Federation are helping Pasco County Schools promote egg nutrition in district schools.

How:  The district’s Food and Nutrition Services department has partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and the Florida Poultry Federation to host a special breakfast at Richey Elementary School.  Senator Wilton Simpson of Simpson Farms, Inc. will join students for breakfast then talk to K-2 students about poultry farming, how an egg gets from farm to table, and the importance of agriculture to Pasco County’s and Florida’s economy. The department has created education pieces for Richey students that show why eggs are nutritious and breakfast is important.


Linda Cobbe or Spencer Pylant
Communications & Government Relations
(813)794-2717, (813)361-8349 or (813)794-2259, (813)388-0020
Twitter: @cobbelinda / @pascoschools

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Will Lead to Mystery Book

Who:  Charles S. Rushe Middle School’s We Be Book’N! book club

What:  Mystery book reveal

When:  5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 11

Where:  Wiregrass Barnes and Noble

Why:  To reveal the mystery book that will be used for their school-wide reading incentive.

How:  Anticipation for the title of the book has been building since mid-October with videos, book talks and books wrapped in brown paper labeled “Top Secret” and “Confidential.”  On the reveal night, students will be led through the store via a scavenger hunt to find clues that will lead to the final reveal of the title.  Students will read the book through mid-February, while participating in activities that support the content of the book.  The ending incentive for reading the entire book and participating in each activity successfully will be a Lock-In held at Rushe Middle School.
Community members are invited to support the students in this literacy experience. Donations to the We Be Book’N! book club can be made to Charles S. Rushe Middle School, 18654 Mentmore Blvd., Land O’ Lakes,  in care of David Salerno. For more information, contact David Salerno, Kelli Rapaport, or Dawn Gilliland at 813-346-1200


Linda Cobbe, (813)794-2717, (813)361-8349
or Spencer Pylant, (813)794-2259, (813)388-0020
Communications & Government Relations Department

Monday, October 20, 2014

Woodland Elementary Students are Going to College

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (October 20, 2014) – For the fourth year, Woodland Elementary School will take more than 500 students in grades 2 through 5 to tour four college campuses, as follows:

2nd Grade – Saint Leo University – November 5 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
3rd Grade – University of South Florida – November 6 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
4th Grade – University of Central Florida – November 14 (noon to 3 p.m.)
5th Grade – University of Florida – November 7 (noon to 3 p.m.)

Woodland Elementary promotes a goal-oriented mindset through their motto and vision of “Planning ahead, aiming high, college bound!”  This theme is visible throughout the Woodland campus and school culture.

At Woodland, they believe that all students can achieve great things in life, including attending college and securing a successful career.  Even though most of the school’s 900 students come from impoverished homes, their possibilities are endless if they decide to dedicate themselves to their education in elementary school.

Visiting these college campuses gives students a first-hand glimpse into what is possible in their future.  The goal is to continue these trips each year so that eventually, every Woodland student will visit four college campuses before leaving for middle school at the end of fifth grade.  This year’s fifth grade class is the first to have visited all four campuses.

For more information, or if you would like to cover one or more of these trips, contact Woodland Principal Kimberly Poe at 813-794-6400, or at

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Run Hard with Sunray Elementary on October 25th

Who:  Sunray Elementary School students, staff and Principal Lee-Anne Yerkey

What: Run Hard 5K

Where:  Anclote High School track, 1540 Sweetbriar Dr., in Holiday

When:  8 a.m. Saturday, October 25

Why:  Sunray is the first Florida chapter of Run Hard, an 8-week program designed primarily for young boys, to build physical endurance and character.  The first 8 weeks will be completed on October 23, so October 25 was chosen for the culminating 5K.

How:   Run Hard is an organization based in Lexington, South Carolina, that develops after-school running programs for boys. Sunray’s Run Hard program started in September of this year with 15 boys and intends to have a spring season, since the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The runners meet twice a week from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.  The 5K is open to the community, with each participant earning a t-shirt and finisher's medal.  A promotional video for the 5K is attached.  For more information, contact Nicolle Wall at (727)365-6327.


Linda Cobbe or Spencer Pylant
Communications & Government Relations
(813)794-2717, (813)361-8349 or (813)794-2259, (813)388-0020

JLINE Dance Crew Brings Self-Esteem Message to Schrader Elementary

Who:  Schrader Elementary School students, staff and Principal Tammy Berryhill

What:  JLINE Dance Crew

When:  2 p.m. Monday, October 27

Where:  Schrader Elementary School, 11041 Little Rd., in New Port Richey

Why:  Schrader Elementary and Bayonet Point Middle have teamed up to bring the JLINE Dance Crew from New York City to visit Schrader students.

How:  The JLINE Dance Crew will be giving a 45 minute presentation to students with powerful messages including anti-bullying, tolerance, respect and responsibility. For more information contact Tammy Berryhill at (727)774-5900.  JLINE is a singer and dancer who uses his natural talents to inspire and motivate young people to change their lives and begin to believe in themselves.  He was bullied in middle and high school, and according to his website, “JLINE made it through those challenging years by confiding in family members, who supported and encouraged him, and becoming active in after school activities, eventually becoming a black belt in tae kwon do and landing the lead roles in the school plays. Cultivating his talents built up his self-esteem and made him realize that he wasn’t alone and had something to contribute to the world.”


Linda Cobbe or Spencer Pylant
Communications & Government Relations
(813)794-2717, (813)361-8349 or (813)794-2259, (813)388-0020

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