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TARPON SPRINGS - Last month, Debbie Tsalickis, a fifth grade teacher and the wellness coordinator at Sunset Hills Elementary School sat alongside representatives from schools around the country at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2014 Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.

Two hundred fifty schools were recognized for providing their students with physical activity and healthy foods before, during and after class, as well as offering health education and helping staff members develop healthier habits.

Every recognized school meets or exceeds federal nutrition standards for school meals and Smart Snacks beverage guidelines. Additionally, all schools:
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SEMINOLE - The Sheriff's Office is hosting a 12-hour drumming event designed to raise awareness about the problem of bullying; and to beat bullies out of Pinellas County Schools. The "Beat the Bullies" drumming event will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Multi-Purpose Room at Osceola Middle School located at 9301 98th Street North in Seminole.

Pinellas County School Resource Deputy Ural Darling, along with other law enforcement members, students, teachers and community leaders will beat the drums against bullying for 12-straight hours.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the problem of bullying in schools and to encourage intervention and prevention before matters escalate and get out of hand.
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As part of October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, Pinellas County Schools is creating heightened awareness among its students with a host of activities at all grade levels.

According to studies, nearly 30 percent of Florida students have a fear of bullying. These findings, according to a 2013 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, demonstrate that more can be done to stave off the problem.

As part of a national campaign called Bullying Begins with Me, some students at Rawlings Elementary School in Pinellas Park are taking a pledge against bullying and posting pledge cards in the school’s cafeteria. At Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg, students’ handprints showcase words of kindness on display on classroom doors.
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Pinellas County Schools wants to help families gear up for the 2015 district application programs application period, which runs Jan. 7-16, 2015.

In an effort to inform families and students about available educational choice options and the process for applying to these programs, PCS will present a series of events leading up to the application period.

The following parent information sessions will be offered in school auditoriums from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on these dates at these locations:
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The College Fund of Pinellas County Inc. recently received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information.

This level demonstrates college fund’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

"We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents," said treasurer Sharron Rankine in a press release. "As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar's immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media."
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LARGO - The Pinellas Education Foundation recently announced that it received a $1.25 million grant from Helios Education Foundation to be used in the creation and maintenance of the Pinellas Education Foundation’s highly anticipated Future Plans program - the third and final tier to the Stavros Institute, home to the nationally acclaimed Enterprise Village and Finance Park programs.

Future Plans is a self-administered, engaging, online, career guidance program aimed at helping high school students and young adults discover how their strengths, interests and values are aligned with educational pathways to in-demand, 21st century, globally-competitive careers.

After completing the online program, students receive a detailed report that can be used easily by guidance counselors and parents to help students outline coursework in preparation for postsecondary and career success.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute is partnering with the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative in Ohio to measure the entrepreneurial mindset of students and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The partnership will provide the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and their innovative Who Owns the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program with the cutting-edge Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile, a powerful online tool that assesses entrepreneurial capacity.

Founded in 2007, the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative is a social enterprise dedicated to expanding human potential through education programs built around experiential education and blended learning methods.
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PALM HARBOR - Jennifer Lotti, a school counselor at Palm Harbor Middle School, recently was named Florida’s Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Florida School Counselor Association.

The association recognizes school counselors, administrators and advocates of the school counseling profession across the state at the elementary, middle and high school level for outstanding work achieved.

Lotti was also named Pinellas County’s Middle School Counselor of the Year in January. She has been a school counselor for 14 years and a licensed mental health counselor for five years. She will be honored in October at the FSCA conference in Orlando.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Eckerd College offers a myriad activities and programs as a service to the community.

All events are held on the Eckerd College campus and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated. Eckerd College is located at 4200 54th Ave. S. Programs and events are subject to change. For information, email events@eckerd.edu or call 864-7979.

Following in a list of lectures to be presented in November:
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Wednesday, October 15
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LARGO - Imaginations of fourth- and fifth-graders and recycled pieces of cardboard combined into an arcade of games as the Country Day School celebrated the third annual Global Cardboard Challenge Oct. 10.

Rachel Piper is a junior at Largo High and her mom, Amy, is a teacher at Country Day School, at 131st Street in Largo. As part of her school service project, Piper got 40 fourth- and fifth-graders at Country Day to help her. Their challenge was to see what they could accomplish with just used, recycled cardboard.
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Thursday, October 9
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CLEARWATER - There’s a new way to learn math in the Countryside area, and it’s for both students who are struggling in math, those who excel and want an extra challenge, and everyone in between.

Mathnasium is a national chain, but the first north Pinellas location opened in January at 2510-C N. McMullen Booth Road. Largo and Palm Harbor locations are also in the works and should open later this year.
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Mathnasium is ready to host its TriMathlon contest for students in grades 2 through 5 on Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Countryside Mathnasium Learning Center, 2510-C N. McMullen-Booth Road.

The contest is designed to encourage kids to engage in math and to support the local schools. Not only can kids win medals, all students who participate will earn money for their school, with $10 for each student going to their school. The winner at each grade level also will be entered into the Grand Prize TriMathlon.

Participation is free. Register at www.mathnasiumtrimathlon.com.
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ST. PETERSBURG - To help boost the local skilled workforce in supply chain management, St. Petersburg College will begin offering entry and mid-level certifications in January.

The training is being offered through a $1.5 million federal grant received last year.

The certifications, to be endorsed by the national Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, will cover key aspects of supply chain management like planning and forecasting, purchasing, product assembly, storage and transportation. The training programs will include internships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training opportunities so participants get hands-on, real world experience.
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