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Former School Supt. Earl Lennard to Receive Education Award

October 9th, 2014 Comments off

Former Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Earl Lennard has been chosen to received the Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award from the University of South Florida’s College of Education at a ceremony on Friday, October 10.

Lennard, who served as superintendent from 1996 through 2005, will receive the award as part of USF’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards. The event will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m. in the College of Education Rotunda. The awards will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the TECO Hall. Dr. Lennard will give a “Last Lecture” speech as part of the ceremony.

Also being honored at the ceremony will be Pasco County teacher Freda Abercrombie, who will receive the Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award.

Dr. Lennard is a founding graduate of USF’s College of Education, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in the inaugural 1963 class. After graduation, he started teaching elementary school to save money to go to law school, but instead found his calling in the classroom.

After a 41-year career in education, Dr. Lennard was appointed in 2009 as Hillsborough County’s Supervisor of Elections where he served successfully until 2012 when he retired.

Fundraiser Planned for Schenecker Fund

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

Liberty Middle School students join forces with National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to raise money for the Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund.

Cookie dough will be on sale Monday, October 13 through Friday, October 31. The entire 100-percent of the proceeds will be donated to the memorial fund. NJHS and FBLA officers will visit classrooms beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 13 to hand out fundraising packets and explain the purpose of the fundraiser.

The fund provides scholarships for promising leaders, athletes, and artists in the Tampa Bay area. Liberty Middle School students continue to honor the lives of Calyx and Beau and create community awareness in their memory. So far, the fund has granted more than $35,000 in scholarships.

Calyx was a cross country runner and enrolled in the IB program at King High School and would have been a sophomore in college this year. Beau was a student at Liberty Middle School, a member of FBLA and would have been a senior at Freedom High School this year.

Media interested in visiting the school on Monday, October 13, should contact the Communications office at 813-272-4060.

Healthy Recipe Demonstrations for National School Lunch Week

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

In celebration of National School Lunch Week, Monday, October 13 through Friday, October 17, Hillsborough County Public Schools Student Nutrition Services is hosting “Get in the Game with School Lunch.”

This campaign celebrates the positive changes that have been made in school lunch programs. District Chef Ben Guggenmos will be demonstrating healthy recipes to students at four elementary schools, Tuesday through Friday, during National School Lunch Week.

Chef Ben will conduct two demonstrations with approximately 30 students who will make their own salad shakers (Mediterranean, Southwest, Buffalo Chicken, or BBQ Chicken). Chef Ben will then help serve the same recipe during lunch so all students can taste the recipe.

Refer to the chart below for specific locations and times.  For more information contact Ginain Grayes at 813-840-7201 or

Date                                                      School

Tuesday, October 14        Collins Elementary, 12424 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview
Wednesday, October 15      Bellamy Elementary, 9720 Wilsky Blvd., Tampa
Thursday, October 16        Muller Elementary, 13615 North 22nd St., Tampa
Friday, October 17             FishHawk Creek Elementary, 16815 Dorman Rd., Lithia


8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Demo 1 with students in the cafeteria, Muller ES 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Demo 2 with students in the cafeteria, Muller ES 9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
10 a.m.: Lunch: chef will assist in serving lunches and samples