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Special Delivery to Students and Teachers

October 27th, 2014 Comments off

Students and teachers will get a wonderful surprise on Tuesday, October 28 when they are presented with hundreds of needed school supplies.

On Tuesday morning, teams of staff, donors, and business partners with the Hillsborough Education Foundation will meet at the foundation office at 7 a.m. at 2306 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa. They will load 500 Yoobi Classroom Packs and begin delivering them to schools.

The teachers and students are completely unaware of this surprise delivery.

Students in 500 classrooms at 22 different schools will receive the supplies. Interested media should either meet at the Hillsborough Education Foundation office between 7- 8:30 a.m. or at Lee Elementary at 8:45 a.m. Lee Elementary is located at 305 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa.

The school supplies are thanks to a recent donation from Yoobi, a new school supply brand. For every Yoobi item purchased at Target, Yoobi contributes an item to a Classroom Pack. The packs are then distributed through the Kids In Need Foundation’s national network of resource centers including the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Teaching Tools Store.

Friday Night Lights

October 14th, 2014 Comments off

Our high school football players battle it out on the field, but the real challenge might be for spectators driving to the stadium when  dealing with distracted drivers.

AAA, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and Hillsborough County Public Schools are teaming up for Friday Night Lights, an anti-texting initiative. The initiative is scheduled at four schools over the next four weeks.

Public service announcements geared towards safe teen driving will be announced during the game. School resource deputies will launch t-shirts with the anti-texting message into the crowd as students voluntarily take the anti-texting pledge.

It starts Friday, October 17, when Newsome High School hosts Plant High School. Newsome High School is located at 16550 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

The initiative will then move to:

Strawberry Crest High School on 10/24
Steinbrenner High School on 10/31
Hillsborough High School on 11/7

The number of people killed in car crashes in 2012 by a distracted driver was 3,328 and an estimated 421,000 people were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Transportation GM’s First Day

October 13th, 2014 Comments off

Today at 1 p.m., the media is invited to meet the new General Manager of Transportation for Hillsborough County Public Schools. Jim Beekman’s first day is today. He has been busy this morning meeting his staff and getting to know his new surroundings.

Beekman comes to HCPS from Orange County Public Schools where he was the Senior Director of Transportation. Beekman began his career in Osceola County as a mechanic and then a parts manager.

He will be available to meet the media and answer questions about his first day at 1 p.m. at the Transportation Bus Garage, 9455 Harney Road, Thonotosassa.