Wesley Chapel High rummage sale
The Wesley Chapel High Parent Teacher Student Association is having a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the intersection of Old Pasco Road and Country Club Road. Proceeds will benefit the school’s Assist Believe Care (ABC) program, which helps to provide a holiday meal or other kinds of assistance.
Wesley Chapel Elementary wins honor
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently honored Wesley Chapel Elementary at a conference in Little Rock, Ark.
The school was honored for its efforts to maintain a healthy campus for its students and staff.
The American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation founded The Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Wesley Chapel received the alliance’s bronze recognition award for its work to improve nutrition services and physical activity programs at the school.
“This is the second year we have earned this prestigious honor,” Chris Gorman, chairman of the school’s wellness committee, said in a release. “We have made enormous strides at our school to promote living a healthy lifestyle.”
Veterans Elementary Family P.E.P. night
The Veterans Elementary School Parent Wellness Committee and the school’s physical education coaches are hosting a Family P.E.P. night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the school’s cafeteria at 29640 Progress Parkway in Wesley Chapel.
The event is free for students and their families and will include crafts, games, prizes and healthy snacks. It will also feature opportunities for families to learn how to play more, eat right and power down electronics.
Numerous local businesses are partnering with the school to sponsor the event, including the Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Chipotle, Fit Kids Playground and Wicked Delicate Films, We Can! and PTO Today.
Financial aid advice
Many families have used a financial aid calculator and later find out that their expected family contribution is more than they can afford to provide for their child’s education.
The experts at The Right Fit offer advice to parents. Visit them for a free evaluation to see if there are errors in your calculation that result in a lower expected family contribution. For more information, call (813) 968-8989.
Watergrass celebrates Red Ribbon week
The faculty and students of Watergrass Elementary School participated in various activities for the Just Say No to Drugs campaign. Every student and staff member decorated an owl and placed it on a tree as a pledge to not use drugs.
Strides for Education
The Pasco Education Foundation is hosting Strides for Education, a 5-kilometer walk/run event at Tropicana Field on Dec. 8. The race begins at 9 a.m.
The event raises money for scholarships. To register, visit www.strides4tampabay.com/.
The show chorus The Toast of Tampa is giving a concert in the Pasco Middle auditorium at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17. The show choir is a 120-voice a cappella, national award-winning group. Tickets are $20.
The Heritage Arts Center Association is creating a $1,000 Pasco Heritage Arts Scholarship to present to a graduating Pasco County student who is talented in the arts.
For more information, visit www.heritagearts.org.
Winter shopping bazaar at Learning Gate
Learning Gate Community School, 16215 Hanna Road in Lutz, will open its doors for an evening of shopping, music and refreshments from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13. This event will be in conjunction with the school’s Glee Showcase and is open to the public.
Moore Mickens students of the month
These students were chosen as student of the month for October at Moore Mickens Education Center: Jodie Dixon, Bianca Castro, Jacob Stanley and Moises Castillo. Jodie Dixon was also selected as The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month.
Florida Prepaid College Plans
Families have until Jan. 31 to purchase a Florida Prepaid plan, locking in today’s plan prices.
During the open enrollment season, families can select one of four Prepaid Plans, which will cover tuition and most mandatory fees at Florida’s 12 state universities and 28 colleges. For more information, call (800) 552-4723 or visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com.
Getting a true picture on school performance
If you want to know about school performance in Florida’s public schools, information from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Education Consumers Foundation may be helpful.
The organization aims to improve education by making the facts of local school performance understandable to local parents and taxpayers.
The organization has used data from the Florida Department of Education to create charts to allow people to see how schools perform in comparison to others. To learn more, visit www.education-consumers.org.
Raising funds for the arts
Eric Darius and the Eric Darius Jazz Quartet will present a benefit concert for The Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the performing arts center, at 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel. Tickets are $10.
Call the box office at (813) 794-8772 to order tickets or for more details.
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