The wives of several Tampa Bay Buccaneers players will give away 100 turkeys to needy families today at Van Buren Middle School.
The pre-Thanksgiving event is part of the Buccaneers ongoing efforts to make a difference in the community and to improve the lives of needy families.
The event will start at 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Van Buren Middle School at 8715 N 22nd Street in Tampa.
Who: 4th grader at Turner/Bartels K-8 and classmates
What: A student-initiated fundraising drive raised money for Moffitt Cancer Center to help with cancer research
When: Friday, November 21, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Turner/Bartels K-8 School - 9190 Imperial Oak Blvd., Tampa
Why: A 4th grade student hopes the money raised will help with cancer research and ultimately find a cure for cancer.
How: Sean Scott, a 4th grade student, decided back in September that he wanted to raise money for cancer research. Sean and two friends started speaking to their class and asking for donations. His teacher, Heather Heinzman, had class discussions about the importance of raising money for research and what it means for people who suffer from those diseases. Parents were told of the collection drive and one mom says her daughter brought in more than $25 of her birthday money to help. Sean’s motivation for this is two-fold. His father works at Moffitt and one of Sean’s grandparents died from cancer. He and his classmates will present a check for $250 on Friday to representatives from Moffitt Cancer Center. Staff from H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute will talk to the students about the work they do and thank the students for their generous donation. The amount of money is not huge but the generosity and excitement the children had for helping others is inspiring to see at a young age.
At the November 18 meeting, the Hillsborough County School Board selected a new chair and vice chair.
Susan Valdes was unanimously elected as School Board chair, and Doretha Edgecomb was elected vice-chair. Ms. Valdes represents District 1 and was first elected to the Hillsborough County School Board in 2004. This is the second time Ms.Valdes has been elected by her fellow board members to serve as chair.
Ms. Edgecomb was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board in 2004. She represents District 5.
On the same night, two newly elected board members, Sally Harris (District 2) and Melissa Snively (District 4) were sworn in. April Griffin (District 6), who was re-elected to the countywide seat, also took the oath of office.