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Press Conference Tuesday: Vaccinations Offered in Schools

September 29th, 2014 Comments off

School officials and public health officials will announce on Tuesday, September 30, the upcoming campaign to offer free flu vaccinations to children in Hillsborough County Public Schools starting next month.

Hillsborough County School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia will be joined by Dr. Doug Holt, director of the Hillsborough County Health Department; Dr. Richard Lockey, distinguished professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of South Florida; and Tony Boselli, founder of Healthy Schools. They will discuss the importance of encouraging parents to have their children vaccinated and the collaboration that has led to the effort to make the voluntary flu vaccinations available in schools, with parents’ approval.

The press conference will conclude with a student receiving a nasal mist vaccination.

Healthy Schools, founded by Boselli, a former professional football player, hopes to provide free flu vaccinations for 200,000 children in several counties this school year.

School Board members also are expected to attend the press conference.

The press conference will start at 10 a.m. and take place in the media center at the Rampello K-8 Downtown Partnership School at 802 E Washington Street, Tampa. The school is directly across the street from the school district’s main building.

3rd Annual JROTC Invitational

September 25th, 2014 Comments off

Who:     500 Cadets from a five county area compete for top honors

What:    South County Career Center (SCCC) Army JROTC “Bobcats” will be hosting their 3rd Annual Invitational Raider Meet

When:  Saturday, September 27 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. is the best time for pictures and video opportunities)

Where: 2810 John Sherman Way, Ruskin 33570

Why:     The mission of JROTC is “To motivate young people to be better citizens.” The Raider competition provides purpose, direction, and motivation to support the process of Cadet’s improving their minds and strengthening their bodies.

How:     This Raider competition combines physical fitness with team building and problem solving.  Each participating JROTC program will bring up to three teams, of 10 each, and will compete in three categories:  Male, Male Mix, and Female.  We are expecting over 20 teams within a 100 mile radius including perennial state champion competitors Alonso, Braden River, Newsome, and Boca Ciega to name just a few.

Proceeds from the event will support Wounded Warrior Care Coalition from MacDill Air Force Base. For more information contact, Major Rick Coles at 813-569-9065.

Green Apple Day of Service at Greco Middle School

September 25th, 2014 Comments off

Who:     Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and Greco Middle School parents, teachers and students

What:    Install an outdoor teaching and learning space for STEM and agricultural programs

When:  Saturday, September 27, at 8 a.m.

Where: Greco Middle School – 6925 E. Fowler Ave., Temple Terrace

Why:     To educate students how the man-made environment and the natural environment interact.

How:     The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools will create an outdoor teaching space for the STEM staff and students at Greco Middle School. This teaching space will be complete with rain barrels and Florida-friendly landscaping so students can truly experience the outdoor environment.

The Green Apple Day of Service initiative is powered by volunteers who participate in community-based service projects. The international day of service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments. This project is made possible by the following donors: Julius the Architect, Tampa Bay Trane, The Phoenix Agency, Inc., Creative Sign Designs, and ASHRAE Florida West Coast.

The STEM Academy at Greco Middle School is part of a nationwide effort to enhance the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning and interest of students from an early age. This program promotes student excitement and focuses on achievement by providing a rigorous and unique learning experience.