Lights on Afterschool event
The Pasco County Schools’ PLACE afterschool program will host its fifth annual “Lights on Afterschool” event at Fivay High School, 12115 Chicago Ave., in Hudson, on Oct. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Pasco Learning and Activity Centers of Enrichment (PLACE) celebration will include the River Ridge High School JROTC’s color presentation, a parade of PLACE program students, activities for children and a student art exhibit.
The guest speaker will be Florida Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Sharon Carie. There also will be food and refreshments available for purchase to support several school-based organizations.
For information, call Maree Marian at (813) 794-2124.
Boundary committee meetings
The High School GGG Boundary Committee has added two additional meetings and a parent information night to its schedule, to review maps and demographics of affected schools and work on potential boundary options for the school under construction on Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel.
Committee meetings will be on Oct. 20 and Dec. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A parent meeting will take place on Nov. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Boundary committee meetings are public meetings. Members of the public may attend as observers only.
All meetings are at Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road.
To see documents considered by the committee, visit PascoSchools.org, and click on the Rezoning link on the right.
Bishop McLaughlin open house
Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road in Spring Hill, will host an admissions open house on Oct. 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Registration starts at 1:30 p.m., followed by a program at 2 p.m.
For information, call (727) 857-2600, ext. 244.
Bridge breaking at Saint Leo
Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, in Lewis Hall, in St. Leo, will host its annual bridge-breaking contest on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
Students of all ages can watch the competition between other students in physics and engineering classes.
Saint Leo students have worked in teams to construct model bridges made with standard-issue kits of lightweight wood sticks and glue. The students bring the bridge entries to the competition, where faculty judges test how much stress and weight the bridges can bear. All the bridges break apart in a dramatic and entertaining testing process.
Admission and parking are free.
Rasmussen career fair
Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St., in Land O’ Lakes, will host a free Community Career Fair on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event is open to students, graduates and community members, and is designed to help those in attendance advance their career.
Job-seekers will have the opportunity to network with potential employers, such as Walgreens, Women’s Care Florida and Access Health Care Physicians.
To learn more, visit Rasmussen.edu/student-life/events/careerfair.
Quentin Poteralski, of Lutz, has been named a student-athlete at Union College in New York.
Union College athletes are committed to the pursuit of academic and competitive excellence on the field and in the classroom.
Poteralski is a member of the football team.
Denham Oaks seeking partners
Denham Oaks Elementary School, 1422 Oak Grove Blvd., has been in the Lutz area for more than 20 years and is looking for businesses to support the school.
Sponsorship opportunities start at $25, and allow the business to build its brand among local residents while supporting education.
There also are opportunities to join the School Advisory Council or serve as a judge for the student arts contest.
For information, visit DOES.my-pta.org, or email .
Sponsor Student of the Month program
The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce has promoted the Student of the Month program for more than 20 years. Chamber businesses partner with local schools to encourage youth.
In most cases, the schools choose one student each month from September to May to be the winner of a trophy and T-shirt recognizing their achievement.
The business name is listed on the T-shirt, and the schools typically provide the business with the opportunity to visit the school each month and present the award.
The cost of a company to be a sponsor is $250 for the year.
Donate shoes and socks for students
The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office is participating in the new shoes and socks collection campaign to assist local students and families in need. A collaborative effort between Pasco County government and the school district, the “Two Good Soles” campaign, is seeking to collect as many new pairs of shoes and socks as possible.
All five tax collector’s offices will be collection sites for donations until Oct. 25, and will have a labeled collection box near the door.
For information and office locations, call Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179.
Early childhood program
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, offers an Early Childhood Center through the state funded VPK program.
This is a faith-based structured preschool learning environment. The program starts at age 2, and focuses on phonetic awareness, letter recognition, writing skills, reading strategies and problem solving activities.
There are two sessions: a morning preschool program and an afternoon program. Extended hours are offered, if needed.