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    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times, published February 20, 2001

    Teacher appreciation evening

    The Florida Holocaust Museum will hold a teacher appreciation evening from 5 to 9 p.m. March 13. The guest speaker will be Holocaust scholar Larry Langer, an expert on Holocaust testimonies and author of The Game continues: Chess in the Art of Samuel Bak, Preemtping the Holocaust and Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology. The evening also will include docent-led tours of the museum, previews of education all resources, hors d'ouvres and entertainment. The museum is at 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. To RSVP, call (727) 820-0100.

    Support Employee of the Year finalists named

    Pinellas County Schools will name the Support Employee of the Year at a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. March 13 at the Sheraton Sand Key, Clearwater Beach. The Pinellas County Teachers Credit Union is sponsoring the breakfast, which will recognize all finalists and semifinalists.

    The finalists areTeresa Bach, secretary for the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High; Linda Bodnar, teacher assistant at Ponce de Leon Elementary; Donna Cornetta, data prep clerk at Lakewood Elementary; Joan Gordon, paraprofessional at Lealman Avenue Elementary; Penny Kelly, teacher assistant in Exceptional Student Education at Carwise Middle; Ann Marie McKelvey, teacher assistant in Exceptional Student Education at Walsingham Elementary; Shannon Mount, teacher assistant in Exceptional Student Education at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Center; Karen Ogden, secretary for the Community Involvement Department; Eva Rodriguez, secretary/bookkeeper at Calvin Hunsinger; and Kim Tatarka, teacher assistant in Exceptional Student Education at Nina Harris Exceptional Student Education Center.

    The semifinalists are Anne Allen, teacher assistant in Exceptional Student Education at Palm Harbor University High; Linda Bretherton, clerk typist for the Community Involvement Department;Karen Burmood, school office clerk at Seminole High, Louis Carson Jr., head plant operator at Clearwater Discovery;Edna Costa, library media assistant at Palm Harbor University High; Ross Kipp, night foreman at Ozona Elementary; Douglas McKeever, head plant operator at Bay Vista Fundamental; Corinne McManning, clerk specialist in Library/Media Technology; Betty Munford, teacher assistant at Oldsmar Elementary; Blanca Rivera, bilingual assistant at John Hopkins Middle; and Faye Spielberger, secretary at Largo High.

    Help for parents concerned about truancy

    The PTSA of Clearwater High School is sponsoring a presentation by the Truancy Interdiction Program at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The Truancy Inderdiction Program incorporates the efforts of parents, school, law enforcement and community resources to reduce truancy, increase student attendance and support the academic success of students. The presentation will discuss parenting Web sites, parental support groups and legislative changes in truancy, schools and juvenile justice. The seminar also will show parents how to deal with truancy proactively. The high school is at 540 S. Hercules Avenue and the seminar will take place in the chorus room, which is on the north side of campus east of the gym. For information, call Janet Sussman of the Truancy Interdiction Program at (727) 582-6914 or John O'Neal of the Clearwater High School PTSA at (727) 447-6089.


    Applications for the Italian-American Women of Today scholarship are available. Students of Italian heritage who are planning to attend accredited universities are encouraged to apply for the organization's $1,000 scholarship. The Italian-American Women of Today, or Le Italo-Americane di Oggi, is a non-profit cultural and educational organization for women of Italian ancestry. For information or applications, call scholarship chairwoman Josephine Carbone at (727) 796-4611. The application deadline is March 30.

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