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ST. PETERSBURG - In conjunction with National Summer Learning Day June 19, the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County and its partners kicked off an initiative aimed at getting new books into the hands of about 10,000 Pinellas County children this summer.

As part of the program, JWB will give new books to children who attend quality early learning centers in St. Petersburg. Throughout the summer, books will also be distributed to children served by other JWB funded programs and Summer BreakSpot sites across Pinellas County.

The effort is intended to address summer learning loss by increasing access to books, promoting intentional reading, and instilling a love of reading for young children. Parents will receive reading tips, plus other information to include a list of area public libraries.
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Wednesday, June 25
CLEARWATER - Katherine Boyd, Katelyn Haber and Amanda Nachman were selected from over 246 Florida girls nominated by their math or science teachers statewide to attend the AAUW National Tech Trek Program, a weeklong camp from June 27 to July 3 at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, designed to help girls find their passion in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Nachman wants to “create technology to help people using math and science to build robotics and create a safer environment.” Haber wants to be a scientist and Boyd is interested in robotic engineering as well as starting a charity for children in poverty. All three attend Clearwater Fundamental Middle School.

Attendees pay only a nominal $50 fee due to the generous donations of AAUW’s supporters and the community, as well as support from corporations and industry stakeholders in developing practical, career-focused curricula.
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Tuesday, June 24
SEMINOLE - Registration is underway for Bauder Elementary School’s 14th annual Summer Science Camp. The camp will take place at the school, located at 12755 86th Ave. N., Monday, July 27 through Thursday, July 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The camp is for students in kindergarten through fifth grade during the 2014-15 school year.

Classes include hands-on science activities studying earth, life and physical science, computer technology, arts and crafts, and outdoor games. Bauder teachers will be the camp counselors.
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PINELLAS PARK - Mary Footman, a sixth- through 12th-grade behavioral specialist, and co-applicant, Shuntial Green, of Pinellas Secondary School in Pinellas Park, have received a $2,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to start a research-based behavioral skills program called, “Behavior and Management Moments.”

This program will teach students about real world issues and stories while providing them with life skills essential to making appropriate behavioral choices.
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Pinellas Virtual School, a local online Pinellas County K-12 school, will host a series of meet-and-greets throughout the county for prospective students’ and their families through July.

The events will give families an opportunity to speak with school administrators and ask questions. Part-time and full-time enrollment in Pinellas Virtual School is underway for the upcoming school year.
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Pinellas County Schools kicked off its Summer Bridge programs June 16 with record enrollment of more than 15,000 students.

The district launched Summer Bridge programs in 2013 to curb learning losses and help keep students on track. Summer Bridge programs provide intensive instruction and engaging activities to ensure that students are prepared for maximum success when the school year begins. Summer Bridge runs now through July 23.
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall recently announced the 26 students who won the competition earning them a spot in the 2015 Grammy Museum Music Revolution Project.

This year’s participants include high school and college students from four surrounding Tampa Bay area counties specializing in vocals and instrumental performance ranging from guitar and piano to trumpet and trombone.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Holocaust Museum recently honored the humanitarian efforts of exceptional teens with its annual Anne Frank Humanitarian Award program, presented May 27 and 28 at the museum.

The Anne Frank Humanitarian Award was created in 2001 to focus attention on the positive actions of today’s teens.
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Wednesday, June 18
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TARPON SPRINGS - “You’re American by birth but a Sponger by the grace of God,” Cpl. Taurean Mathis calls out to a group of students huddled in the corner of the Tarpon Springs High School gym.

It’s the last Friday before school lets out for summer and Mathis, the school student resource officer, is wrapping up his responsibilities for the year, but he still stops to talk to the students. He always finds time for his students.

A member of the TSHS senior class of 2002, Mathis grew up in Tarpon Springs with a single mother and two siblings, plus his cousin who moved in with them when she was 3 months old. After high school, he joined the United States Army and served two tours in Iraq, including being a part of the initial invasion of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he returned in 2007, he said he wanted to continue helping.
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TARPON SPRINGS - In front of packed bleachers on Sponger Field, 293 Tarpon Springs High School seniors tossed their caps in the air and bid farewell to high school at their June 1 graduation.

TSHS Principal James Joyer opened the ceremonies, joined on stage by Tarpon Springs Mayor David Archie, Deputy Superintendent William Corbett, Area Superintendent Patricia Wright and Associate Superintendents Kevin Smith and Clinton Herbic, by recognizing the students for their continued hard work over their four years.
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DUNEDIN - The fifth successful year of the Dunedin Blue Jays Bookin’ It to the Ballpark program proved to be a great combination of baseball, fun and plenty of learning.

Bookin’ It to the Ballpark is designed to get and keep kids interested in reading - a task accomplished through reading visits and a friendly competition among classes at each school.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded Eckerd College a $100,000 grant to fund a three-year initiative aimed at strengthening humanities education and research.

New Frontiers in the Humanities will seek to increase student interest in the humanities at Eckerd through undergraduate research, collaborative projects, team teaching and community-building projects.
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St. Petersburg College recently announced the recipients of its Presidential Scholarship Award.

This year, 64 students were selected as SPC 2015 Presidential Scholars. The winners will receive a total of $455,000 in tuition scholarship awards.
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LARGO - Scott Kaplan, a teacher at Largo High School, recently was awarded a competitive Buchwald Summer Fellowship by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio.

The center is a highly regarded nonprofit provider of educational programs for U.S. history and government teachers, as well as high school and college students.
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