SEMINOLE - Councilor Thomas Barnhorn first encountered the Freedom Shrine three years ago during a trip to Tallahassee. He was there representing the city of Seminole with a group from the Florida League of Cities that was advocating for the sanctity of home rule when he saw it on display on the observation deck of the state Capital building.
“I was just out knocking on doors [of state representatives] when I saw it and I thought it was really neat,” he said in an interview.
The Freedom Shrine, which is offered by the National Exchange Club, is a collection of photographic reproductions of historic American documents. These shrines are displayed in thousands of locations throughout the country.
CLEARWATER - The walls of Clearwater High School’s newly renovated football facility are plastered with blown-up photos and inspirational quotes, with a shot of the Tornadoes players carrying the team flag onto the field with the words “Tornado Strong Football” above it.
Two years ago, the same area that now features a locker room painted in the team’s red and gray color scheme, plus offices and meetings rooms sporting couches and flat screen TVs, was condemned. As in literally condemned, due to mold and misuse.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College recently announced the release of its 2017 Winter Term catalog of nearly 200 non-credit classes and activities designed for people age 50 and older and open to all adult learners across Pinellas County.
OLLI classes include the arts and theatre, film, history, biography, culture and spirituality, current events, fitness and health, nature and technology. Special activities include day trips across Tampa Bay, special interest groups and even international excursions.
Among the winter term’s classes offered from January through April are 130 Years of Sherlock Holmes; 1962: a 55th Retrospective; The Birth of Rock ‘N Roll; Introduction to Buddhism; Climate Change: Is it Too Late for Florida?; The Art of Frida Kahlo; Hitchcock Film Trio; Current Issues in Constitutional Law; A Virtual Tour of Paris; Post-Soviet Russia; Tampa Bay’s First People; and Inside the St. Petersburg Grand Prix.
ST. PETERSBURG - Bay Point Middle School will host Innovate Together, a two-day event where 125 seventh-graders in Bay Point’s CAST Magnet Program will research and develop technology solutions to positively impact their community.
The two-day workshop will take place Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 14 and 15, 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at Bay Point Middle School, 2151 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Final judging and presentations will take place Nov. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., at the school.
The goal of this event is to inspire students to think globally but act locally. The students will work in teams to design technological solutions/concepts to address community needs or challenges such as Education, Sustainability, Housing, Health & Nutrition, Disabled & Elderly Care, Transportation, Animal Welfare or Social Services. Innovate Together is aimed at teaching students how to identify a problem, complete research to validate it, brainstorm solutions, and effectively communicate a solution in a pitch format. Each team also will develop a working prototype and present a five-minute pitch for their technology solution in front of a panel of judges represented by industry leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
ST. PETERSBURG - Students at Sexton Elementary School have the opportunity to make a nutritious and health breakfast smoothie each morning, thanks to a donation of 40 blenders by NutriBullet.
The NutriBullets were donated as part of Sexton Elementary’s recent designation as a Gold Level school from the National Health School Awards.
Students will learn about the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables and the impact a healthy breakfast has on preparing them for a day of learning. To help further the program, Publix delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to the school for students to use in their smoothies.
EAST LAKE - Artwork by East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering student Emma Smith was selected for Pinellas County Schools Art in the Capitol Competition Award.
Her art is titled “The Girl That Draws in Class.” The Art in the Capitol Competition is an annual statewide visual arts competition for public, private and home education students in grades six through eight.
Pinellas County Schools and the Dunedin Fine Arts Center recently held the Taking Shape Grades 6-8 art exhibition. Judges at this annual exhibition selected the Art in the Capitol Award. Emma’s artwork can be seen at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., through Dec. 16.
TARPON SPRINGS - Concert for Valor: A Salute to America’s Veterans will be presented Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., at in the auditorium at East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive, Tarpon Springs.
Cost is $10 cash at the door. Cost is $8 for veterans. Children 11 and younger will be admitted for free. Call 727-215-5986. Tickets can also be purchased in advance through an East Lake High School Chorus member.
Suncoast Singers of Florida, East Lake High School Chorus, and Cypress Woods Elementary School Chorus are coming together for a first-of-its kind, multi-generational Veterans Day celebration. This event is to honor the courage and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans, active duty service members, and their families.
TAMPA - The University of South Florida System and seven regional Florida College System institutions recently celebrated the launch of FUSE, a new guaranteed admission program that creates a seamless and timely degree path for students to earn an associate degree before transferring to any of the USF System institutions for a bachelor’s degree.
The new program differs from existing Florida programs that guarantee admission to a State University System school, as FUSE offers guaranteed admission to the USF System institution and degree program of the student’s choosing. With more than 40 students in the initial cohort, Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College are piloting the program, while the College of Central Florida, Pasco-Hernando State College, Polk State College, South Florida State College and State College of Florida will join the program in the near future.
By syncing courses and creating graduation pathways for select degrees, the participating institutions have ensured students will take the classes needed to seamlessly attain associate and bachelor’s degrees. Students who apply and are enrolled in the FUSE program are placed on an established graduation pathway plan to ensure that courses taken apply to their associate degree and successfully transfer towards a USF System bachelor’s degree. With academic advising provided from both institutions at their regional college, FUSE students will be ensured of the appropriate degree path, meeting all requirements, earning their associate degree in a timely manner and guaranteed admission to the USF System.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Schools Parent University will be presented Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 to 11:30 a.m., at Countryside High School, 3000 FL-580, Clearwater.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the general session begins at 8:30 a.m.
The district’s Parent University offers free workshops that help parents and caregivers support the academic life of children in kindergarten through 12th grade. There are workshops for parents of elementary, middle and high school students. The PCS Parent University will offer information that will help students with math, reading, science, graduation requirements, college/career readiness, digital learning tools, STEM, and more.
LARGO - On Oct. 14, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum named the Pinellas Education Foundation’s Next Generation Tech program as the Student Program of the Year at its 13th annual TBTF Industry Achievement Awards.
The award recognizes a company or organization that developed an innovative and effective student training, apprenticeship, or internship program.
The Next Generation Tech program, developed by Robyn Mussler, CEO of Resolution Management Inc., in collaboration with the Pinellas Education Foundation, provides high school students with a real world environment for developing software while working with business community mentors from companies such as Nielsen, Tech Data, Raymond James, GTE Financial, Power Chord, Exhedra, Triad Media, All Team, and Achieva. The uniqueness of this program is its emphasis on the software development framework and the different types of skills needed to develop and deliver technology solutions, providing insight to all the different technology career opportunities. It is so much more than programming.
LARGO - Largo Public Library is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program run by the Florida State Library and Gale, part of Cengage Learning.
Career Online High School is designed to re-engage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.
Four designated PPLC member libraries will screen and award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs students with an academic coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of course material.