Decades of education support
The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club donated a mountain of school supplies to three local schools — Lutz Elementary, Denham Oaks Elementary and Miles Elementary — to help both stu- dents and teachers. The woman’s club has been supporting local schools and libraries since its inception in 1960. For information, visit GFWCLutzLandOLakesWomansClub.org or its Facebook page.
Alumni association wins award
The Pasco Chapter of the USF (University of South Florida) Alumni Association was honored with an Excellence in Fundraising Award by the USF Alumni Association. The chapter was recognized for its creativity in a scholarship fundraising campaign called Gimme Five, which encourages all alumni to give $5 to the fund. The Pasco Chapter leadership team of Andy Taylor and Bobby Smith, left, accept the award from USF Alumni Association Board Chairman Braulio Colon. To learn more about the Pasco Chapter, visit Facebook.com/USFPasco.
Pasco Schools hiring event
Pasco County Schools will host two non-instructional hiring events, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.:
- Sept. 14, at Land O’ Lakes (District Office-Building 2)
- Sept. 15, at Wesley Chapel High School
Those interested can meet hiring managers from district departments. Job opportunities include instructional assistants, bus drivers, food service, and custodians. Starting pay is $15 an hour, with the potential to make more based on years of experience. Register at EventBrite.com.
Technical school recognized
Wendell Krinn Technical High School in New Port Richey has been recognized as a Nationally Certified Demonstration Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America, according to a news release.
Nationally certified magnet schools provide high-quality, innovative educational options to families and students that promote choice, diversity, and academic excellence.
Magnet Schools of America created the national certification process to recognize the nation’s exemplary magnet schools (which offer specialized courses in themes designed to attract students from outside of traditional school boundaries) and to help them continue providing high-quality magnet programs.
Wendell Krinn provides access to 14 in-demand career and technical education programs, including auto service, biomedical sciences, commercial art, computer systems, pharmacy tech, cybersecurity, digital cinema, electricity, HVAC, robotics, welding and more.
Goddard School opens
The Goddard School, a childhood education franchise, has opened its first location in Land O’ Lakes, at 16718 Balance Cove, and is owned by a local family, according to a news release.
The play-based learning experience offered at the school uses the most current, academically endorsed methods in early childhood education so children can explore, learn and discover through different subjects and enrichement classes.
Children also can learn to communicate using sign language, as well as practice yoga and mindfulness.
The school features a 10,700-square-foot early education center with an indoor gym, as well as two outdoor playgrounds. Ten classrooms can provide care and education for about 160 children from infants to prekindergarteners.
For more information, visit GoddardSchool.com.
Discovery Crew contest
AAA – The Auto Club Group is bringing back its contest for eighth-graders, and the winners will be taken on a weeklong educational river cruise in Europe (March 12 to March 19, 2023).
There is no cost to enter the contest, and the prize includes the cruise, airfare, travel insurance and money for passports (for the student and a parent or guardian).
The “Discovery Crew” contest runs to Sept. 23.
Students must be at least 13 years old (at the start of the contest); be entering the eighth grade and in good standing; be willing to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at the time of the cruise; and reside in select states (visit AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew to confirm eligibility).
Winners will be selected on a creative selfie that showcases their passion for travel, and their answers to three essay questions about travel.
Winning students will bring one parent or legal guardian to serve as a chaperone, and each pair will share a cabin while sailing on the AmaWaterways “AmaLucia” ship.
Winners will be notified in October.
For official rules, prize descriptions, and eligible zip codes, visit AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew.
Early release dates for Pasco
Pasco County Schools is utilizing a monthly, two-hour early release time again this year, to allow for staff to engage in professional development aligned with student needs, and district and school priorities, according to a news release.
Scheduled early release days for the 2022-2023 school year are: Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 1, March 8 and April 12.
On each of these days, students will be release two hours early. The bell times and early release times for each school, can be found at Pasco.k12.fl.us/site/pcs_bell_schedule.
- Kali Anderson, Lutz: Master of Science, The University of Alabama
- Jennifer Nalley, Odessa: President’s List, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester
- Amanda Pollard, Lutz: Master of Science in Nursing, The University of Alabama
- Masum Rahman, Odessa: President’s List, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester
- Michael Selfe, Odessa: President’s List, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester
- Victory High School in New Port Richey has announced that two of its students have almost perfect attendance and have passed seven classes between the two of them. The school has an incentive program for its students to earn a $25 gift card for each class they pass.