Chalk Talk 10/03/2018

(Courtesy of The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce)

Ten students awarded citizen honors
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce recognized 10 students as Citizens of the Month for September. The students were: Ari Kellerman, The Academy of Spectrum Diversity; Samuel Geist, The Broach School; Laniya Constant, Chester Taylor Elementary School; C.J. Pelto, East Pasco Adventist Academy; Cyhlas Davis-Payden, Heritage Academy; Abbygail Johnson, Raymond B. Stewart Middle School; Kendra Carter, West Zephyrhills Elementary School; Justin Negron, Woodland Elementary School; Nyjohn Moody, Zephyrhills Christian Academy; and Sophia Martin, Zephyrhills High School.

Crusader for a day
Tampa Catholic High School, 4630 N. Rome Ave., in Tampa, will offer “Crusader for a Day,” an eighth-grade shadow program, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The program provides a child the opportunity to learn about the Tampa Catholic student experience.

For information, call (813) 870-0860, ext. 232, or visit

Student achievement
The Tallahassee Community College Foundation has awarded Megan Everett, of Lutz, with the TCC STEM Council Scholarship.

The TCC Foundation will award more than $250,000 in scholarships to students based on merit, need and other factors during the fall 2018 semester.

New administrators
Pasco-Hernando State College recently named the following people to new administrative positions.

• Lisa Richardson succeeds recently retired William Shustowski as executive director, PHSC Foundation.

Richardson began her new role as associate vice president of alumni and college relations/executive director in August. Most recently, she served as provost at the East Campus in Dade City.

Richardson received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona; a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University in Evanston,  Illinois; and a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

• Ed Goolsby is now provost of the East Campus. He has served in various capacities at the college since 2007, including associate dean at North Campus; interim dean, arts and sciences, West Campus, and most recently, dean of workforce development.

Goolsby earned a Doctor of Management in organizational leadership, specializing in information systems technology, at the University of Phoenix; and a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in management information systems from the University of South Florida.

• Marcia Austin was selected as the new dean of workforce development, care and technical education.

Previously, Austin was employed with Hernando County Schools for 28 years, serving in a variety of positions. She also was an adjunct professor at PHSC for more than seven years.

Austin earned a Doctorate in education leadership and an Education Specialist in education from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale; a Master of Science in education from Fordham University, Bronx, New York; and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York.

• Gerene Thompson began her new role as dean of arts and sciences. Previously, she was the associate dean of academic affairs at Polk State College in Lakeland.

Thompson earned a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education, graduate certificates in leadership in higher education and college teaching, and Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida; a Master of Arts in history from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas; and a Bachelor of Arts in pre-law/history from Barry University in Miami Shores.

Donations help elementary students
Businesses and citizens in Wesley Chapel came together to donate more than $2,000 worth of food to support local elementary students in need for the 2018-2019 school year.

Full Circle Food Outreach hosted and benefited from a Stock-the-Pantry Food Drive over the summer.

Raffle tickets also were sold and generated another $250 in donations and raffle items.

Food and donations generated from the food drive and after-party at Country Walk Clubhouse in Wesley Chapel will fill weekly food bags for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals, or identified by school staff as food insecure.

Students enrolled in Full Circle’s program receive a bag filled with two breakfasts, two lunches and snacks each Friday during the school year.

For information about Full Circle Food Outreach, call (813) 619-8009 or email .

Pasco Schools enhance event security
Pasco County Schools has installed new safety procedures for all sporting events, as of Sept. 14.

From now on, only clear plastic, clear vinyl and clear Ziploc bags will be permitted.

No other bags of any kind will be permitted, including backpacks, fanny packs, purses and duffle bags. Some exceptions will be made for diaper bags, medically-necessary bags, and school/professional photographers’ camera bags.

Meanwhile, no re-entry will be allowed into games if a patron leaves, and no tickets will be sold after the beginning of the fourth quarter for football and basketball.

Parking lots will be cleared immediately after games, and no loitering or after-parties will be allowed.

The rules were developed in conjunction with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office after violence occurred at two Florida high school football games this season, and after surveying other school districts that are implementing similar procedures.

For more information, visit

Be a Bexley sponsor
Bexley Elementary, off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes, is looking for business sponsors for the 2018-2019 school year.

A Silver Paw Partnership sponsor will have its business cards displayed in the front office, and a business recognition on the school’s website and Facebook page, as well as the PTO Facebook page and newsletter. The silver sponsor also will receive a Certificate of Sponsorship and a Paw Partner car magnet.

A Gold Paw Partnership sponsor will include everything in the Silver level, plus: a business banner displayed outside the school for the 2018-2019 school year, and a complimentary booth space at the annual Bexley Elementary School Carnival, in the spring.

For information, contact Kathy Hrach at (813) 382-3138 or .

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