Who: Check presentation to the mother of Tyra Brown, senior at Spoto HS, who continues to recover from a traumatic brain injury she suffered on January 11, 2015, in an accident
What: Teachers and students will present Tyra’s mom, Cynthia Leeks, with a check from fundraising efforts the school has done. The students are very proud of the amount of money they’ve raised and it will be a surprise for mom who has no idea how much they raised.
When: Friday, May 22, 8:45 a.m.
Where: Spoto High School – 8538 Eagle Palm Drive, Riverview
Why: 18-year-old Tyra Brown should be graduating from Spoto High School on Friday, June 5. But she was injured while stopped on the shoulder of the Selmon Expressway with a flat tire back in January. Tyra was with two friends but was the most seriously injured. Her mother, a single mom and a teacher at Frost Elementary, has stayed by Tyra’s side since the accident.
How: During the Senior Send-Off, teachers and students at Spoto HS will present Cynthia Leeks with a check. Tyra’s injury has touched the entire student body at Spoto. She is captain of the cheerleading squad, serves in student government, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She had already been accepted to several Florida universities.
Who: More than 5,000 fifth grade safety patrols
What: Annual Mark Dafeldecker Safety Patrol Picnic
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 22
Where: Medard Park – 5726 Panther Loop, Plant City
Why: To thank the students for helping to maintain safe schools
How: Each year the Hillsborough County Elementary Principals Council and business partners sponsor the picnic to honor and thank the more than 5,000 fifth grade safety patrols for keeping schools safe. The School Board officially named the event the Mark Dafeldecker Safety Patrol Picnic in 2006, to honor the Northwest Elementary School principal who passed away that school year. Students will be served hot dogs, chips, cookies, snow cones, and beverages. Activities include hiking, and drum and dance performances. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue will have exhibits. Middle and high school students will provide entertainment. Sponsors include AAA, Caspers Company, Hillsborough Association of School Administrators, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Saladino Baseball, Strawbridge Studios, and Tampa Fire Rescue.
Who: Boys Preparatory Academy students
What: Memorial honoring Gold Star Families
When: Thursday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Boys Preparatory Academy at Franklin Middle Magnet School – 3915 E. 21st Ave., Tampa
Why: To present their Capstone Project honoring the sacrifices that are endured by fallen soldiers and their families.
How: Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy (BPA) students present the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument as their Capstone Project. The students have raised funds and worked with local philanthropists to make this project a reality. Gold Star Families are families who have suffered the loss of a loved one serving in the military. Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel “Woody” Williams, will be a keynote speaker. Mr. Williams has made it his mission to have a monument constructed in each state to honor these families. After learning about these resilient families, BPA students decided that honoring Gold Star Families truly reflected the BPA core values: honesty, integrity, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, judgment, sportsmanship, confidence and respect.
The event will kick-off with a parachute drop by the SOCOM Para-Commandos. Five students along with Gold Star Families will cut the ribbon for people to view the monument. The monument was built on the BPA campus adjacent to the flag pole so that students, staff, and community members can reflect daily on the sacrifices of these families. A bagpiper will play Amazing Grace and Taps, and the Blake Jazz Messengers will close the event.