Pasco organization assists youths on road to success

When high school student Sherman Milton entered the Pasco County’s Take Stock in Children program, he had no idea the impact it would have on his life. Through the program, he gained access to academic resources, and a mentorship, which helped him to graduate from high school — which then led to college and, now, a career in real estate in East Pasco County. He recently shared his experience … [Read more...]

More programs, initiatives, on tap at PHSC, provost says

Pasco-Hernando State College — which recently has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for its return on educational investment — continues to add new programs and initiatives. That was the message that Dr. Stan Giannet, the college’s provost, delivered to a crowd at a recent Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Golden Corral. The state college … [Read more...]

Mock election: A welcome alternate reality

Perhaps the most revealing development in this year’s unique — to say no more — choice of presidential candidates is this: Even as we rumble toward the election’s Nov. 8 resolution, everyone from paid pundits to your next-door neighbor keeps replaying the events that brought us to this sad pass, and wondering how, out of 300-odd million American citizens, the finalists are an undisciplined, … [Read more...]

Freedom to pledge allegiance … or not

Social media sites blew up recently with news out of Leon County regarding, because we have a shortage of things to disagree about, the Pledge of Allegiance. It seems the uncle of a Leon County elementary school student was presented with a form that gives custodial adults the option of having their youngsters literally sit out each morning’s traditional recitation of the … [Read more...]

‘I’m always up for a challenge,’ teacher says

As students head off for summer vacation, Becky Cicione will simply be changing her teaching venue. The Connerton Elementary School teacher will spend her summer teaching in Pasco County Schools’ science camp for children at Title 1 schools. “When I do my work in the summertime, it’s an outdoor science camp that’s enhanced by iPads. It’s held through district. We go to different … [Read more...]