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To hear their supervisors brag on them, the 10 finalists for 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year in Pinellas public schools have at least two qualities in common: They work really hard and they care about their students and colleagues. One of them will rise to the top in the school district's annual recognition program, but all 10 will be acknowledged with special medallions Tuesday during the "Evening of Excellence" celebration at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Comment?
Pinellas school news: Feds say it's time to apply for college aid, district honors top support employee, and more For students who will be seeking loans or financial aid for college in 2016-17, it's time to file the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. Families can start the process by visiting fafsa.ed.gov. Comment?
Not much has changed at this state park located a few miles east of Lake Wales since the days when "cow hunters" ruled the Florida prairie. You'll see white-tailed deer, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and wild turkeys. Comment?
Instead of being surprised during the regular school day as in past years, the top 10 finalists for Outstanding Educator of the Year in Pinellas County heard their news Friday night, clad in cocktail attire and tennis shoes. The Pinellas Education Foundation and the Pinellas school district invited 124 nominees for the award to attend the fourth annual Ties and Tennis Shoes Gala on Friday evening at Tropicana Field. Comment?
Pinellas County students' average SAT scores surpassed the state and national averages in all three subjects of critical reading, math and writing with 508, 499 and 485, respectively, according to 2014-15 data released by the College Board, the nonprofit that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement exams. District officials called attention to the numbers for minority students, whose participation in the SAT also rose, with an increase of 6.7 percent of black test takers and 14.9 percent of Hispanic test takers. Comment?
This year marks the 450th anniversary of the founding of the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the continental United States. St. Augustine, America's First City: A Story of Unbroken History and Enduring Spirit by J. Michael Francis is a lavishly illustrated, wide-ranging recounting of the city's past. Comment?
The Tampa Jewish Book Festival celebrates its 10th year with a Festival of Conversations, an array of book events from Oct. 18 through Oct. 27. The events below are at the Tampa Jewish Community Center, Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. Ticket prices range from $5 to $18. Comment?
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