Special delivery for special needs studentsGFWC Lutz- Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club member Hazel Robles hand-delivered Easter baskets to the autism class at Pizzo Elementary School in Tampa, and spent the day visiting with and reading to the children. The baskets were filled with items such as plastic eggs, bunnies, coloring books, markers, bubbles and art supplies provided by the woman’s club.
Home-schooler helps ‘make change’
Maximus Karafilis, 9, from Land O’ Lakes, participated in his first fundraiser May 3 at the Children’s Gala at the Museum of Science & Industry, raising $248.11.
Children were given piggy banks to “collect change to make a change,” raising money to send 400 children to MOSI’s summer camps.
Karafilis takes home-school classes at MOSI, and also attends a science class and a math club there.
WRHS PTSA meets
The Wiregrass Ranch High School PTSA will meet May 22 at 5:15 p.m., in the cafeteria, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel.
Senior night awards will follow the meeting in the gym at 6 p.m.
Honor Day for African-American students
Citizens Concerned for Students will recognize public middle and high school African-American students that have earned the honor roll at least once during the current school year at an honor day ceremony May 24 at 5 p.m. It will take place at the Pasco Schools Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road.
There also will be a college and career fair at 3:30 p.m., in the adjacent Wesley Chapel High School gym.
Both the awards ceremony and the fair are open to the public.
For information, visit HonorDayPasco.org.
Corbett Prep open house
Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, 12015 Orange Grove Drive in Tampa, will host an early admissions open house May 28 at 8:30 a.m.
Prospective parents can learn about the early primary program, including goals, academics, special traditions, and daily routines.
For information and to RSVP, call (813) 961-3087.
Cadets commissioned at Saint Leo
Seven graduating students from Saint Leo University’s ROTC program at University Campus were recently commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army. The new Army officers are, from left, 2nd Lt. Travis Bush, 2nd Lt. Gabriel Keown Jr., 2nd Lt. Christopher Gonzalez, 2nd Lt. Christopher Swonger, 2nd Lt. John Crawford, 2nd Lt. Matthew Weidner and 2nd Lt. Anthony Trick.
Former Laker editor nets teaching award
Joe Humphrey, a 10-year teacher who advises Hillsborough High School’s yearbook, newspaper, broadcast and online news programs, was named Morty Schaap Teacher of the Year at the Florida Scholastic Press Association’s 2014 state convention in Orlando.
Humphrey completed two terms as president of FSPA last year, and currently serves as its evaluations/critique services coordinator.
Before becoming a high school teacher and adjunct professor at the University of Tampa, Humphrey was a reporter for the Florida Times-Union and The Tampa Tribune. He also was editor of Community News Publications, which included The Laker and Lutz News.
‘Bee Bully-Free’ in Zephyrhills
Zephyrhills area schools are encouraging students, teachers and staff to wear black and yellow on the last Friday of each month as part of the “Bee Bully-Free” Initiative. The initiative provides stickers and coloring book pages for schools that request them, participates in the Great American Teach-in, and provides certificates and awards for students who transform from bullies into kinder versions of themselves.
The last “Bee Bully-Free” day is May 30.
For information, visit Facebook.com/beebullyfree.
Double Branch Elementary, 31500 Chancey Road in Wesley Chapel, will host a kindergarten camp July 29-31 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Incoming kindergarteners can meet teachers and become familiar with the school.
Cost is $40.
For information, call (813) 346-0402.
Tampa Catholic reunion
The Tampa Catholic High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 40th reunion Aug. 22-24 at Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach.
CPA students sought for scholarship
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is looking for minority accounting students across the state to apply for the Clay Ford scholarship.
It is awarded each year to minority students looking to become certified public accountants. The program has awarded more than $1 million since it was first implemented in 1999.
A $10 portion from each individual and firm license fee funds the scholarship. Applicants may be eligible for scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 per semester, awarded for a maximum of two semesters.
Applications must be postmarked by June 1.
For information, visit MyFloridaLicense.com/CPAScholarship.