How to publish and sell books online
If you’re interested in publishing and selling books online, a new course at Pasco-Hernando Community College may be just the thing for you.
The new course is called Publish and Sell Your E-Books.
Those taking the course will learn how to use free tools to publish and sell e-books in the world’s largest online bookstores. The course will provide information about the free tools available to turn manuscripts into professionally published e-books, and targeting an audience, selecting bookstores and distributing books around the world.
The course is entirely Internet-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. A professional instructor facilitates the course by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions. To register, visit www.ed2go.com/phcc/. For more information, call (727) 816-3123 or send an email to .
Pasco breakfast program wins national honor
The United States Department of Agriculture has honored Pasco County Schools’ Food and Nutrition Service Department for its innovative Snack Pack program.
The USDA identified the program as being among the nation’s best practices among child nutrition programs.
To encourage children to take part in the district’s breakfast program, the district staff rebranded breakfast, serving items in snack packs instead of the traditional breakfast model.
Hillsborough School Board selects leaders
The Hillsborough County School Board has elected April Griffin as its chairwoman and Carol Kurdell as its vice chairwoman.
Griffin represents the District 6 at-large seat on the board. She was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Kurdell represents the District 7 at-large seat on the board. She was first elected in 1992 and has served since, winning a new term in November.
MOSI receives $500,000 grant
The Museum of Science & Industry has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the PNC Foundation to create Slippery Science, the first element of a new preschool education program at MOSI.
Slippery Science opened Dec. 2 inside Kids In Charge! — MOSI’s children’s science center. It has exhibits that incorporate elements of the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team as a backdrop. Slippery Science includes a series of interactive exhibits that teach friction, physics, the science behind reaction time and other lessons. Guests can play games, see what’s inside the hockey protection of a player’s uniform and ham it up on the JumboTron.
The grant will also result in MOSI’s new early childhood project called PNC Passport to Science: A Grow Up Great Initiative in collaboration with the Lightning. This program aims to motivate young children to develop an interest in science.
Golf tournament raises more than $44,000
A golf tournament hosted by the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation raised more than $44,000. The tournament, which was at Black Diamond Ranch, attracted 135 golfers despite unseasonably cool weather.
All proceeds will support student scholarships, academic and athletic programs, libraries and other college initiatives.
New River’s National Elementary Honor Society
These students have the distinction of being the first to be inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society at New River Elementary in a ceremony at the school’s media center.
The school just initiated its chapter of the national society.
The inductees are: Jordan Austin; Bayli Baker; Nathaniel Baker; Logan Burdick; Lindsey Dean; Joseph Drawdy; Andrea Figueroa; Sarah Gumulinski; Shelby Haller; Ariana Heppenstall; Oliver Hindahl; Bailey Homand; Jaydean Ireland; Anita Jacob; Corey Jafari;
Kayla Johnson; Aliyeah Kanjanapatum; Katie Locklear; Elijah Loo; Hailey Martin; Sophia Martin; Angelina Mathew; Susana Milanes; Chason Mullins; Ashley Navarrete;
Blake Perez; Areal Ramdeholl; Tyler Reaganm; Jyair Tenryk; Jadan Tillie; Reyasia West; Nicholas Whittington; Taylor Wilson; Emma Witt; Erin Wood.
Young Song Writers Symposium
More than two dozen Hillsborough County public elementary school music students had the chance to perform and record original songs Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 at the Young Song Writers Symposium.
The students spent the day at Morrisound studio recording an original song, accompanied by musicians and teachers. The students then performed at a concert showcasing their original compositions.
The Young Song Writers Symposium is an annual collaborative event between students and their music teachers combining creativity in music composition and lyric writing. Students participate in a two-month long after-school songwriting workshop led by district music teachers Daniel Shea and Sean Moats.
Take Stock scholars make PSA
Two Take Stock in Children scholars, Misty Short and Lizzie Cannon, of Wiregrass Ranch High, put together a public service announcement video to promote the Strides for Education 5K Walk/Run on Dec. 8 at Tropicana Field. They did the commercial as a community service project.
Art gallery dedication named for Rao Musunuru
Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) Foundation is paying tribute to Dr. Rao Musunuru by naming an art gallery in his honor.
The naming ceremony is slated for 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the art gallery located in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library building at 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey.
The art gallery naming is in recognition to Musunuru’s generous support of PHCC. He is currently chairman of the District Board of Trustees and has served on the board since 1999.
Girls soccer car show
The Sunlake High School Girls Soccer team is having a Kickin’ Klassics Car Show fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Beef O’ Brady’s parking lot at 18835 SR 54 in Lutz. Preregister by Dec.10 with Joyce Bertoni at (727) 688-8018.
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.
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