TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs Elementary School students, bright and early at 8 a.m., Thursday, May 26, sit in front of the large screen in the media center waiting to chat with another group of elementary school kids just like them.
For the kids on the other side of the screen however, it was already 3 p.m.
There’s a seven-hour time difference from Greece to Tarpon Springs.
LARGO - The Pinellas County School Food Service Department has announced details for the 2016 Summer BreakSpot Program. Each summer, the district’s Food Service Department provides breakfast, lunch and/or an afternoon snack to the children of Pinellas County at no charge.
The program provides nutritious meals to children who may not otherwise have access to healthy food when school is out. Food Service serves more than 7,000 lunches, 3,000 breakfasts and 1,500 afternoon snacks each summer at locations throughout the county. Breakfast options include cereal, juice or fruit and milk, lunch includes a sandwich or wrap, fruit, vegetable, juice and milk.
LARGO - As part of Pinellas County Schools’ Summer Reading initiative, the school district has created a summer reading site to help students stay on top of their reading and log their summer reading time.
The site is available at www.pcsb.org/summerreading. Students will have a chance to win weekly prizes like movie passes, sports tickets and tablets, just for logging reading time. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the district has plenty of books for Pinellas County Schools students.
LARGO - Ridgecrest Elementary School in Largo recently received the National Promising Practice Award for exemplary work in character education.
This award from the National Character Education Partnership in Washington D.C. highlights effective strategies that develop good character in young people. Awards were received by schools, districts, and organizations throughout the country as well as Canada, China, Colombia, and Mexico. Ridgecrest is the only school in the district to receive the recognition. This year’s winning practices include unique anti-bullying programs, creative ways to integrate character and academic subjects, effective strategies for developing student leadership, and activities that build community, within the school and beyond.
The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College is co-sponsoring two separate debates for candidates for Pinellas County School Board who will face voters in the Aug. 30 primary election.
The first forum will be on Tuesday, June 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. It will be conducted in partnership with the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP.
SEMINOLE - Vincent Parisi, a former member of the Italian Olympic baseball team, was recently named head baseball coach at Seminole High School, replacing Jeff Pincus who stepped down.
Parisi brings 25 years of experience as a player and coach, including selection to the Italian national team that competed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
“I was extremely honored to be considered for the coaches interview process, let alone to be thought of for the job,” said Parisi. “To be able to land in a baseball high school, especially with one of the top baseball schools in the county, I’m just excited that I got the opportunity.”
PALM HARBOR - Graduates Peter DiNapoli and Richard “Ricky” Callum wanted to do their graduation profile together, but with the future they both have ahead of them, it’s not really surprising.
DiNapoli and Callum both played soccer, will both be attending the University of Florida to study in science related fields, and both were the top of the Palm Harbor University High School traditional class.
DiNapoli, the salutatorian, who graduated with a 4.8448 GPA, plans to study civil engineering.
At the 2016 Degrees to Jobs Summit last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott awarded St. Petersburg College the Governor’s Higher Education Leadership Award in recognition of the college’s investment in Florida’s future by producing graduates with the highest entry-level wages among Florida’s state colleges.
SPC had the highest entry wage difference between average fulltime wages of College Completers (2014-15) and Local Service Area Entry Level Wages (2015) among all 28 state colleges. The average fulltime wages of College Completers (2014-15) was $48,948 as compared to $19,802 for Local Service Area Entry Level Wages (2015), according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This was a percentage difference of 147 percent.
LARGO - Heritage Village is offering plenty of opportunities this summer for local students, including a Passport Adventure program for children ages four and up, Junior Docent volunteer opportunities for teens ages 12 to 17 and internship opportunities for college students.
Passport Adventures is a program for children ages four and up. The two-hour, hands-on history program is designed for a variety of groups, including summer camps and church groups. Session start time is 10 or 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays through Fridays from June 22 - July 29.
SEMINOLE - Denise Gerard, Starkey Elementary School’s food service manager, was one of seven children growing up in Rhode Island. Hers was a no-nonsense household. You said please. You said thank you. You minded your manners.
“Dad was very strict,” she said, “and you learned etiquette at an early age.”
Those lessons stuck with her throughout the years, whether she liked it or not.
“I didn’t love it. And I still don’t always do the right thing,” she said. “But when you’re young, you want to be an adult and you want to feel special if you go to a higher-end restaurant. So I learned to do the right things.”