Making a difference through book donations

Book by book, a local teen is trying to do his part to make a difference in the community. As an avid reader himself, 13-year-old Vance Tomasi understands the value of having a broad range of books to choose from. After seeing his younger brother improve his reading during Hillsborough County Public School's annual Summer Reading Camp, Tomasi saw the value of that even more so. At the … [Read more...]

Love One Another serves up food, and kindness

It’s not uncommon for generous acts to surface during the holiday, especially charitable gestures for those who are less fortunate. But, when you have a group that guarantees a hot plate every Sunday throughout the year, that’s not such a common thing. That’s precisely what an organization called Love One Another has been doing for 10 years. The ministry serves meals every Sunday at … [Read more...]

Changes afoot, as school bells ring in a new year

School bells are summoning students back to classes in Hillsborough and Pasco counties — and some students will be attending classes on entirely new campuses. Sunlake Academy of Math and Science, a new public charter school in Hillsborough County, begins its inaugural school year on Aug. 10. It is located at 18681 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz. Meanwhile, Pasco County is opening Bexley … [Read more...]

Free breakfast for all at nearly 50 schools

Free breakfast is now available to all students in nearly 50 schools in Pasco County for the 2014-15 school year. Reduced and free meals are typically available to lower income families. However, these schools have 60 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced price meals and also are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Provision 2, according to Julie Hedine, … [Read more...]

New schools, new programs on tap for 2014-15 school year

The days of relatively easy rush-hour commutes are approaching an end as students, teachers and other employees gear up for a new school year. Students in Pasco County Schools begin the 2014-15 school year on Aug. 18, and Hillsborough County public schools begin classes a day later. Wiregrass Ranch High School already is urging students and parents to give themselves ample time to … [Read more...]

Pasco schools get good news in reading, science

Florida schools are transitioning into the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, and some proof of the success of that move already is showing up in the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores. Pasco County schools showed improvement in reading and science, but has room for improvement when it comes to math, based on test details released by Pasco County Schools on Friday. "We are … [Read more...]