Education

Backpack Event Provides School Supplies To Over 500 Families In Need

Backpack Event Provides School Supplies To Over 500 Families In Need

  By Kathy L. Collins On Saturday, August 9, the community came together at the Annual Backpack Event, hosted by the YMCA and the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO), to make sure that children in need have new backpacks and age appropriate school supplies for the start of the new school year.1,400 children were registered(…)

1,000 School Buses Participate In Practice Run As 2014-2015 School Year Begins

1,000 School Buses Participate In Practice Run As 2014-2015 School Year Begins

  By Tamas Mondovics Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) buses will be out in full force in a practice run on Monday, August 18, a day before the first day of the 2014-2015 school year.   The effort means motorists will get a taste of what more than 1,000 school buses during early morning and(…)

Wimauma Schools Improve From Last Year, Earn “A” Scores

Wimauma Schools Improve From Last Year, Earn “A” Scores

  By Bill Coats A pair of charter schools tailored to the needs of low-income farm-working families received school grades of “A” even though nearly all the students took the Florida’s standardized tests in their second language, English. RCMA Wimauma Academy, an elementary school, vaulted to the “A” from a “D” grade last year. Its(…)

District To Open First LEED-Certified Elementary School In Ruskin

District To Open First LEED-Certified Elementary School In Ruskin

  By Tamas Mondovics Sharing a property, home to both Lennard High School and Hillsborough Community College’s SouthShore campus, Hillsborough County Public Schools will open the district’s first brand new elementary school in years. Named J. Vince Thompson Elementary School by the community, the school is located at 2020 E. Shell Point Rd. in Ruskin(…)

Ben Simon Earns Second Networking Concepts National Title

Ben Simon Earns Second Networking Concepts National Title

  By Tamas Mondovics Sixteen-year-old local computer technology student, Ben Simon, has done it again. He became a national champion after winning first place during the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Competition, where he competed in Networking Concepts. Held earlier this summer in Nashville Tenn., the event saw more than 100 competitors from(…)

Local Resident Receives First Future Leader Scholarship From Lansky Law

Local Resident Receives First Future Leader Scholarship From Lansky Law

  By Kathy Collins Seth Reid of Bloomingdale was the recipient of the first Future Leader Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship, fully funded by the Lansky Law Group, which will be awarded annually to a local high school senior who desires to pursue a career in law. Reid, who is home schooled, will attend(…)

Etiquette School Fosters Good Manners, Morals

Etiquette School Fosters Good Manners, Morals

  By Marisa Webber Kids, teenagers and young adults of this century struggle with basic etiquette skills, but that is not the case with students of Mind Your Manners Etiquette School located in the Millennium Business Park in Brandon. For ages 5-21, these classes are one of the best ways for children and teens to(…)

Strawberry Crest Graduate Wins $20,000 Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Scholarship

Strawberry Crest Graduate Wins $20,000 Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Scholarship

  By Robyn St. James The roar of a motorcycle engine is a unique sound, but many that love it don’t get to hear it up close. Cameron Goins of Plant City went right to his dream job after high school – being a Supercross racing motorcycle technician. Goins, along with more than 50 other(…)

Fire Rescue Summer Youth Academy Post Camp Success

Fire Rescue Summer Youth Academy Post Camp Success

  By Tamas Mondovics Students with the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue (HCFR) Summer Youth Academy had a chance to get their feet wet this summer—literally—while training in water rescue operations during the conclusion of this year’s summer camp. As part of their training, the 26-participating cadets, ages 14-17, were probed with simulated swimmer in distress(…)

Clapping Out For Cimino Elementary

Clapping Out For Cimino Elementary

  By Scott Mann It is just after 12 Noon on Friday afternoon on May 27. A  group of parents have been working all morning to prepare for the fifth grade end of school party, and now it is in full swing. We managed to feed them and now it’s party time. I think I(…)