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School will mimic show to celebrate 3-year renovation

By Elisabeth Dyer, Times Staff Writer
Published February 15, 2008



To celebrate the completion of a three-year renovation, Mitchell Elementary faculty members, staffers and students will host an event inspired by the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

The school's "Move That School Bus" ceremony is at 5:45 p.m. Feb 22. The renovation restored the 1915 building's wood floors; replaced windows, doors and transoms; and raised the ceilings to their original 12 feet 10 inches.

Additions include a multipurpose room large enough for all the students to gather, 12 classrooms and a covered playground. The school on Bungalow Park Avenue was built the same year as Wilson Middle and ranks among the 10 oldest schools still in use in Hillsborough County.


Four 14-year-olds win honors in band battle

A four-member band of 14-year-olds took third place in Hillsborough County's Battle of the Bands.

Acting Natural members were the youngest competitors Feb. 2 in the 20-and-under competition, sponsored by the county's Parks and Recreation Department.

They are Plant High School freshmen J.D. Rodgers and Eric Carnevale, both vocals and guitar; Jesse Leonard on drums; and J.D. Manney on bass.


Posters, displays honor black athletes

Monroe Middle School students are celebrating African-American history by researching current and former black athletes and creating posters and displays.

The displays will be judged, and 25 winning students will get a pizza and an ice cream party and Tampa Bay Buccaneers memorabilia.

Elisabeth Dyer, Times staff writer

[Last modified February 14, 2008, 22:32:06]

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