Kiwanis food drive
The Kiwanis Club of Dade City is asking for food donations on behalf of the Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) East Campus Bobcat Pantry.
The pantry is a donation-based service, free to students who need assistance in having their basic needs met, as it provides supplemental food and various hygiene products to ensure no student goes without.
Students in need or individuals who would like to donate (and get a list of acceptable items) can call (855) 669-7472, or email .
Student finalists in kindergarten through 12th grade from central and southwest Florida will compete at the Florida Invention Convention on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center.
The students have participated in other Invention, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and/or STEM education programs.
Winners of the state finals advance to the National Invention Convention at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation next year.
This year’s guest speakers will be Ben Stern, a 2016 Shark Tank winner, and Carmine Denisco, event sponsor and co-found of Inventors Launchpad.
Admission is free.
For information, visit InventFlorida.org.
School supply drive
Hawkins Photography, 24034 State Road 54 in Lutz, will collect school supplies on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for Learning Gate Community School, also in Lutz. Drop off any school supplies and receive a free mini photo shoot the day of the event.
For information, call (813) 400-0026.
The Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, 1505 Nebraska Ave., in Tampa, will host a College Readiness Workshop for high school students on Aug. 10 at 10:15 a.m., for teens.
The library will offer assistance to high school students on how to research potential colleges, scholarships, funding sources and preparation to apply to college.
The workshop will be presented in partnership with the Black Scholars Heading to College program.
For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.
Kelsey Bognar, of Lutz, has graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, earning a Bachelor of Science in community health.
Hofstra is a community of more than 11,000 students who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.
Pasco County Schools is accepting free and reduced-price household meal applications for the 2019-2020 school year and will serve free breakfasts at 51 schools.
In accordance with the National School Lunch Act, households that are below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines may qualify for free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunch benefits.
Households must complete a new application each school year. Visit PascoSchoolMeals.com for the online application, frequently asked questions, income eligibility guidelines, cafeteria menus and more.
To see a list of schools where free breakfasts will be available, use the same website and click on the ‘Meal Programs’ link and then ‘National School Breakfast Program.’
Sonic Drive-In rewards teachers
As part of its Limeades for Learning initiative in partnership with the nonprofit, DonorChoose.org, Sonic Drive-In has recognized teachers and their contributions to education.
These local area teachers received monetary awards:
- Meagan Brinkman, Connerton Elementary School, for the project, “The Microscopic World of Miss Brinkman’s Room” and the project, “Choose Your Learning Environment”
- Patsy Hicks, Lake Myrtle Elementary, for “Flexible Seating for Learning”
- Anastacia Kelley, Sanders Memorial Elementary, for “Desire to Inspire: Ron Clark Academy Training” and “Accepted to Hogwarts: Magical Room Transformation”
- Stacy Haas, Sanders Memorial Elementary, “Learning with Lego Bricks”
- Karen Nester, Lutz Elementary, “Award Winning Readers Need Award Winning Books”
Sonic supports teachers year-round. Visit LimeadesForLearning.com for updates on contributions, future donation matches, how to get involved and explore public school teacher projects in the community in need of support.
Shop with a Cop
The Dade City Youth Council, the Dade City Police Department and Walmart have teamed up for the annual “Summer Shop with a Cop.”
The activity is designed to build a strong relationship between students, the youth council and the police department, while providing less-fortunate students with back-to-school clothes.
This is the second year for the partnership between the organizations.
A total of 18 students from Pasco and R.B. Cox elementary and Pasco Middle schools were paired with a youth council member at the police department to shop at the Dade City Walmart.
Each student received $100 of new clothing.
For information about the program, call Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez at (352) 523-5050.
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