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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Children Authors Showcase at Books-A-Million

Who:  Hudson Middle School students, staff, and Principal Joe Musselman

What:  Children as Authors Night

When:  6 p.m. Thursday, October 23

Where:  Books-A-Million, 9570 U.S. Highway 19 North, in Port Richey

Why:  14 years ago, Mrs. Starr decided to take her students’ original story presentation a step further by hosting a public event at Books-A-Million featuring her students. Each year, she hosts “Children as Authors Night” to display their work.

How:  Mrs. Starr’s 6th grade English language arts students will be reading their original stories. Prior to this event, each of her students wrote an original story and read it to their class. Students with the best presentations were chosen to read their stories at Books-A-Million. More than 80 people attended last year’s “Children as Authors Night.” Cookies will be served in Joe Muggs following the event. For more information contact Rhonda Starr at (727)774-8353.


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

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pasco School Board to Hold Executive Session

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (October 17, 2014) – The District School Board of Pasco County has scheduled a closed executive session to discuss collective bargaining at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21.

The executive session will take place in Training Room D, Building 3, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes.  The previously scheduled workshop on School Board policy revisions will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the same room.

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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