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College scholarships available

College scholarships available

Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union (Suncoast Schools FCU) announces three scholarships available to high school seniors who reside in one of the 15 counties served by the credit union. 


The scholarships are awarded by the Suncoast for Kids Foundation, which has raised and donated more than $6.9 million to help provide a better future for children in our community since its formation.


The scholarship application deadline is March 31.


All applicants must be high school seniors; plan to attend an accredited four-year, two-year, or trade/vocational school in the State of Florida; demonstrate a financial need; and live in one of the following counties in Florida: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sumter.


Three awards are offered annually. One award will be given in the amount of $10,000 to a student attending a 4-year university.

Parenting classes starting soon in Hillsborough

Parenting classes starting soon in Hillsborough

Hillsborough County, Florida -- The county wants to help parents improve their skills in dealing with difficult family issues by offering a Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) class. Classes are held every Tuesday at Chamberlain High School, located at 9411 North Boulevard in Tampa, and run on a continuous cycle.

Students may start anytime during the cycle, but must attend six consecutive classes to complete the course. The first cycle for 2011 is now in session and runs through April 12. A second cycle is scheduled to run May 3 - June 7. These classes also fulfill court-ordered parenting class requirements.

STEP is taught nationally to parents of children of all ages. It emphasizes improving communication skills, understanding children's behavior, and discipline that makes sense, among other topics.

Support your Red Devils tonight in Regional Playoff

Support your Red Devils tonight in Regional Playoff

Avon Park, FL -- Show your school spirit tonight as the Avon Park Red Devils boys basketball team takes on Tampa Catholic in Regional Playoffs tonight.

The Class 3A District 9 Champion Red Devils, 20-6 on the season, are undefeated at home and hope to stay that way as they take on the 18-8 Crusaders, who are 4-2 on the road.

The teams are neck and neck in team scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals on the season but the Red Devils have a higher win percentage at .769 on the season compared to Crusaders .692.

The game tips off at 7 p.m. tonight at Avon Park High School, 700 E. Main Street.

 

YEA! Award nominations open in Hillsborough

YEA! Award nominations open in Hillsborough

Tampa, FL -- The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners wants to recognize the many positive contributions made by young people in our community through the Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards (YEA! Awards). Nominations are being accepted now through Feb. 25.


YEA! Awards nominations can be submitted for both middle and high school students in any of the following categories:


Leadership - demonstrating positive impact on others in an ongoing endeavor, such as sports, academics, the arts, etc.


Success Despite Difficult Odds - overcoming tremendous personal difficulty to attain success and a positive impact on others


Volunteer or Community Service - allocating their discretionary time to helping others or completing a project that has added to the betterment of our community

McLane Middle School receives AT&T grant

McLane Middle School receives AT&T grant

Brandon, FL -- Thirty students at McLane Middle School in Brandon will benefit from an AT&T "STEM at Work" grant.

AT&T Florida recently provided $100,000 to challenge Florida’s district-wide local education foundations to create work-related experiences throughout the state this school year through a grant to the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF).

The project’s aim is to provide students and teachers with hands-on experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom that are directly linked to their coursework in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM).

7th and 8th graders from McLane Middle School will design, build and race model solar powered vehicles in their school Robotics lab to explore alternative energy for transportation.

Brooksville student to be recognized at Hurricane & Safety Expo

Brooksville student to be recognized at Hurricane & Safety Expo

Brooksville, FL-- A student at Eastside Elementary School in Brooksville will be recognized at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Hurricane & Safety Expo in May.


As part of the annual Severe Weather Awareness Week public preparedness campaign, Florida emergency management officials joined Radio Disney to announce the winners of the annual poster and video public service announcement contests at a kickoff event at Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista on Saturday.


"Severe Weather Awareness Week is designed to educate our residents and visitors about the potential weather hazards that affect the Sunshine State," said David Halstead, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Middle school student punches teacher

Middle school student punches teacher

Brooksville, FL-- A student at Parrott Middle School in Brooksville has been recommended for expulsion after a teacher says the student punched her in the arm Thursday.


Delores Williams told Hernando County Sheriff's deputies that she had told the 17-year-old student to "stop horse playing and move from where he was sitting," according to the affidavit.


The student then walked toward the teacher, punched her in the right arm, and uttered an expletive as he walked out of the classroom, investigators said.