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    School briefs

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 10, 2001

    Education Forum

    The NAACP will host a community forum on education at 7 p.m. on Monday at the St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP, 1501 16th St. S. The public is invited to discuss their opinions on schools and the district's choice plan. For more information, call (727) 898-3310.

    National writing contest

    The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation Inc. is sponsoring the Holocaust Remembrance Project, a national writing contest for high school students. The first-place winner from each region will receive $500, an all-expense paid trip to Israel to visit Yad Vashem and other historic sites, a gold medal and a certificate of participation. In addition, each first-place winner will compete for scholarships of up to $5,000. The purpose of the contest is to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. The deadline is May 14. For more information, visit the Web site at or call Michele Bossard at (727) 586-1818 ext. 1447.

    Devil Rays essay contest

    The Devil Rays is sponsoring an essay contest this month for Pinellas County third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. Each participating school will hold its own contest and submit one essay. A panel of judges will select first-, second- and third-place winners from those submissions. In 500 words or less, students are invited to write about the impact of spectator sports on society or about a favorite baseball player. Interested elementary school students should contact their language arts instructors. For more information, call Rick Vaughn at (727) 825-3242.

    Earth Day workshops

    The Pinellas County Extension office will host a field trip from 10:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. on April 19 and 20 at Pinewood Cultural Park Botanical Gardens in Largo. The free Earth Day celebration will give students opportunities to participate in hands-on workshops on butterflies, recycling, nutrition, water conservation and other topics. To find out about openings for elementary school classes, call Janet Harper, (727) 582-2105.

    Free writing workshop

    Students, parents and teachers are invited to attend a free writing workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. April 20. Pinellas County teachers who are graduates of the Poynter's Writers Camp will present the workshops at five Barnes & Noble bookstores in the Tampa Bay area. Workshops will be presented at:

    23654 US 19 N, Clearwater, by Mary Hosford and Michelle Hickey 122 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon, by Michelle Gallagher and Chenese Bush

    2501 Tyrone Blvd, St. Petersburg, by Roy Peter Clark, of the Poynter Institute, and Mary Osborne 213 N Dale Mabry, Tampa, by Michael Taylor and Melodee Nash

    11802 N Dale Mabry, Tampa, by Christy Curran and Crisy Mathews.

    Kindergarten registration

    Skycrest Elementary School will host registration from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 8 for pupils entering kindergarten. Parents will have an opportunity to meet the teachers and visit kindergarten classrooms. Materials to help parents prepare their children for kindergarten will be available. For information, call Skycrest Elementary at (727) 469-5987.

    Golf fundraiser

    St. Luke Early Childhood Center, Palm Harbor, will hold their 6th Annual Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. on April 28 at Crescent Oaks Country Club. Entry fees are $85 per player, which includes the game and a sit-down dinner. Proceeds will benefit educational enrichment programs at the center. To register or to sponsor a team, contact Donna at (727) 787-2914.

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