Imagine School captures girls soccer title

Caidee Sumner and Bella Wood were determined to end their middle school soccer careers on a high note. The eighth-grade team co-captains did just that — leading the Imagine School of Land O’ Lakes Dragons to the 2019 Tampa Charter Athletic League (TCAL) girls soccer championship title. “It’s our last year here and we wanted to go out as a champion,” Wood said. The Dragons (9-2) entered … [Read more...]

Annual Autumn Day event set at Old Lutz School

If you want to learn about butterfly migration, visit an old-time school or purchase some items from vendors, you’ll have your chance at Autumn Day on Oct. 20, at the Old Lutz School in Lutz. The event will be held on the historic school’s grounds, at 18819 U.S. 41, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lynn Barber of the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension will offer a class at 10 a.m., to explain … [Read more...]

Lutz families will have more middle school options

Lutz, Maniscalco and Pizzo elementary schools will begin converting to pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade schools beginning this fall. The change will start with each of the elementary schools adding sixth grade in the fall. The following year, seventh grade will be added, and the following year, eighth grade. The idea is to make the transition gradually. Students living in those … [Read more...]

Building the community, one check at a time

After the race for the Lutz Guv’na wraps up every year, the money raised is doled out to local groups and causes. This year the race drew candidates Greg Gilbert of Beef O' Brady's Lutz, Jessica Sherman with Pinch A Penny, and Kori Rankin, of Kori Rankin Photography. Ultimately, Rankin won the Guv’na’s sash. Her stepmother, Jennifer Rankin, won the sash in 2015. The 2017 campaign for the … [Read more...]

Annual photos are like tiny time capsules

Taking a “first day of school” photo is a tradition many families observe. After all, it marks an important moment. For some kids, like Ryland Green, this year’s photo signifies not only the beginning of a new school year at a new school, but also in a new county. For others, like Liam Perkins, the first day of school comes with another tradition. When he returns home, there’s a giant … [Read more...]

Lutz celebrates July Fourth in grand fashion

People who like to run, enjoy mingling with friends or are attracted to an old-fashioned, small-town parade found all that and more at the Independence Day celebration on the Fourth of July in Lutz. The community, just north of Tampa, is known for its traditional Independence Day celebrations, and once again, it delivered. Carmen Rairigh, of Lutz, was there with a group of about 40 … [Read more...]

Festivities set to honor Earth Day

Finding ways to celebrate Mother Earth and to recycle, upcycle and preserve its precious resources are the themes of Earth Day celebrations planned around the region. One of the largest area events planned for Earth Day, known as Earth Day Tampa Bay, got its start as EcoFest at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Now, in its eighth year, the event has become Tampa’s signature Earth … [Read more...]

Learning Gate dishes up a garden party

Learning Gate Community School threw a garden party and invited its friends. More than 80 parents, local garden club members and community leaders shared a luncheon feast in a glade beneath the branches of an ancient oak tree. A short stroll away, fifth-graders guided lunch guests on a tour of the school's working garden. Kindergarteners through fifth-graders also entertained at the … [Read more...]

Carrying a torch for peace

‘Peace Such a wonderful thing It makes you think of a bell’s ring’ The message of peace in Jonathan Fields’ poem hung in the air. It was written on paper, dangling on a string — reminiscent of  a knitted square in a quilt of poetry made by students at Learning Gate Community School. About 600 students at the Lutz-based charter school shared artwork, poetry and songs of peace … [Read more...]

Preparations underway for EcoFest 2016

An effort that began seven years ago on the Hanna Road campus of Learning Gate Community School, in Lutz, has morphed into an event expected to draw thousands to Tampa’s Lowry Park on April 23 in a festival that pays homage to protecting Mother Earth. EcoFest is an annual event aimed at raising awareness about the principles of sustainability — ecology, equity and economy. Learning Gate … [Read more...]