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By Times Staff Writer
Published March 6, 2008
Explorer K-8 school gets administrators
The Hernando County School District this week announced the appointment of three assistant principals to the new Explorer K-8 school. If approved by the School Board, they are expected to start in mid April.
They are Dana Pearce, from Floyd Elementary; Susan Roth, from Deltona Elementary; and Vivian Sweeney, from Fox Chapel Middle School.
Program offers clothes to students
Hernando High School's Leo's Pelts offers free clothes to students who have been referred to it by the guidance department or administration.
Leo's Pelts is funded by donations from the community, school staffers, faculty members, parents, other students and school organizations. Unclaimed clothing at the school's lost and found also is included.
Community members can drop off school-appropriate items at the front desk during school hours. Pickup is not available.
Acceptable clothes include new (packaged) socks and underwear, gently used items, including coats, jackets, shoes and sneakers. Used socks and underwear and stained, unwashed or worn items are not acceptable.
Hernando High's FFA featured on TV
Hernando High School's Brooksville Senior FFA was part of a segment on RFD-TV on Feb. 28. The show featured the chapter in its health and fitness segment.
Last year, the FFA chapter bought pedometers and kept track of mileage. The goal was to collectively walk around the world in 80 days. That was accomplished in 79 days.
Pine Grove students walk to end cancer
Pine Grove Elementary School students did a Relay for Life walk at school Feb. 27. They took turns in the morning. They also brought in change to add to the Jug of Life. The collection began in October, and the school has collected more than $1,491. Other funds were gathered from pizza and bake sales.
The event was coordinated by Gail Spears, a substitute teacher who has worked at the school for 22 years; retired paraprofessional Kathy Buchan; and Terry Ovsianik, a paraprofessional at the school who coordinated last year's walk.
Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Kids taste how fun reading can be
Westside Elementary School held an Edible Reading Night on Feb. 26 as a tasty way to encourage children to read.
There were 14 stations, including one where a teacher sat in a rocking chair with a blanket in front of her for the children and visiting parents. She read about popcorn and provided some for munching. A story about pirates was coupled with "pirate's punch."
At another station the story was about owls. Children decorated cupcakes to resemble the nocturnal birds.
Title I parent educator Stacie Wharton hoped parents would learn how to make reading more exciting to their children by doing things such as having themed reading time. "It made them think outside the box," she said.