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Benefit Night at Pollo Tropical for local elementary school tonight

Benefit Night at Pollo Tropical for local elementary school tonight

Tampa, FL -- Alexander Elementary is calling on Tampa residents to help raise funds for student incentives this school year by simply dining at the Pollo Tropical located at 3285 West Hillsborough Avenue tonight.

The school will be hosting a Benefit Night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where 20 percent of the sales generated by the guests of Alexander Elementary will be donated to the school.

Alexander Elementary is a Tampa school dedicated to providing students with lifelong skills that promote creativity and foster independent thinking through an integrated curriculum in a safe environment.

Carrollwood Day School announces groundbreaking

Carrollwood Day School announces groundbreaking

Carrollwood, FL -- Carrollwood-Initial projects include construction of a new elementary school and renovations to the main building which will provide a permanent home for the high school.


These projects will make the first phase of the Master Site Plan for the Bearss Avenue campus a reality.


CDS is very proud of their continued growth in admissions and facility expansion.


The ceremony is set for Friday, Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bearss Avenue Campus, located at 1515 W. Bearss Ave.

Berkeley Prep students serve the Tampa community today

Berkeley Prep students serve the Tampa community today

Tampa, FL -- More than 135 freshmen at Berkeley Preparatory School kicked off the New Year by participating in community service initiatives throughout the Tampa Bay area this morning.

Groups of ninth-grade students volunteered at St. John's Learning Center, Dimples Playland, Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding America, Alpha House, Hudson Manor Assisted Living Facility and the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

While the current ninth-grade class volunteers in the community, close to 100 eighth graders became "ninth graders" for the morning.

Eighth-grade students got a sneak peek of what next year will be like for them as freshmen by attending several 30-minute, ninth-grade "mini-classes" and activities.

This annual event at Berkeley is known as "Flip Day," and this is the fourth year students have "flipped" for a day.

At Berkeley, 100 percent of students in grades PreK - 12 participate in community service projects throughout the year.

Hillsborough County teachers awarded grants

Hillsborough County teachers awarded grants

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida -- Fifty-one Hillsborough County teachers and three private school teachers are among the 206 educators in the District's 16-county region awarded Splash! school grants on Dec. 20 through the Southwest Florida Water Management District. 

The goal of the Splash! school grant program is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that teach students about their local watersheds and the freshwater resources within them. Splash! school grants provide up to $5,000 per school on a reimbursement basis only and are available to public, private and homeschool teachers.

Mary Margaret Hull, lead communications coordinator, attributes the effectiveness of the grant program in Hillsborough County to the strong partnership with Hillsborough County Schools, which helped get the word out to teachers.

Prep school preps for expansion

Prep school preps for expansion

Town 'N Country, FL - With over 80 acres to work with, Berkeley Preparatory School in Town 'N Country has plenty of opportunities for physical growth. The next step is to secure the funds for the sweeping renovations and additions that are on the board of trustees' agenda.

Driven by ambitions of a new arts and sciences building, gymnasium, alumni building, chapel, and even an "early childhood center," the private school is estimating that the construction project will cost approximately $50 million. The school, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is already quite familiar with restructuring and expanding after almost doubling it's acreage in the past 10 years.

The board is reaching out for donations, loans, and other private sources of funding, and are nearing the $15 million mark of money collected. When $5 million more is raised, then the first phase of the project will begin, brining to life a large field house, quad, and clock tower on the main campus.

Ruskin teacher arrested for grand theft

Ruskin teacher arrested for grand theft

Brandon, FL - A Ruskin Christian School physical education teacher, Tonya Morris, was arrested for shoplifting at Brandon Town Center Mall on Saturday afternoon.

The 33-year-old Gibsonton resident was arrested on a charge of third degree grand theft after allegedly filling a green and black recycling bag and purse with store merchandise worth $693.40 and leaving the premises with her stash around 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 18.

She posted $2,000 bail and was released from the Hillsborough County Jail on Saturday night at 9:47 p.m.