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40,000 free books available to Pinellas students and educators Pinellas County Schools is asking students to fall in love with reading. To assist in that request, students and educators will have the ability to receive free books from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The book giveaway will be held at John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St. S. St. Petersburg. There will be 40,000 brand new books that cater to all grade and reading levels. Families will have an opportunity to build their home libraries. Parents can receive five free books for each child that attends.

All educators, school staff and nonprofit and community programs that work or volunteer with Title I schools or with English Language Learner (ELL), Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs or with military families are also eligible to receive free books. Educators and community organizations must register with First Book to participate. Registration is free: Go to On the Welcome Screen, click “Sign up with First Book” which is on the left side of the page. Then click “Sign up now” at the bottom of the next page to get started.

Largo Middle School earns “School of Distinction” award Largo Middle School recently celebrated being named a College For Every Student (CFES) “School of Distinction.” The CFES “School of Distinction” award recognizes schools that have exemplary programs incorporating the three CFES core practices: mentoring, leadership through service, and pathways to college & career. These schools provide intensive exposure to the three practices for targeted students, known as CFES Scholars, and also create a culture that promotes college and career readiness for all students. Largo Middle School is one of 33 schools in eight states and Ireland to earn the

“Schools of Distinction” designation. “These 33 schools are not only helping their Scholars become college ready, but they’re also sharing their best practices and lifting up other schools across the country and beyond,” said CFES President & CEO Rick Dalton. College For Every Student engages students in its three high-impact core practices in an effort to raise aspirations and develop grit, resilience, commitment and other essential skills that advance social and educational uplift.

Great Day Tampa Bay host and former NFLer Michael Clayton addresses 5000 Role Model participants More than 200 Pinellas County Schools elementary, middle and high school boys have taken the 5000 Role Model of Excellence Program pledge for the 2017-18 school year. During an induction ceremony held last month at Gibbs High School, the boys were given their traditional red necktie that signifies membership in the program. Michael Clayton, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver and a member of the 2012 New York Giants Super Bowl winning team, was the keynote speaker. Clayton is now the host of Great Day Tampa Bay on 10 News WTSP. He told the students to be mindful of life’s seven positive Ps which are: purpose, power, passion, person, principals, path and prosperity. The 5000 Role Model of Excellence program is designed to boost the self-

Choice Program events begin in November

The application period for District Application Programs for next school year is Jan. 10-19, 2018. Parents can learn how to apply for magnet, fundamental and career programs at Parent Information Sessions. All presentations will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. in school auditoriums:

• Monday, Nov. 6 at Pinellas Park High 6305 118th Ave. N

• Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Countryside High 3000 SR 580, Clearwater

• Thursday, Nov. 9, 6 to 8 p.m. Boca Ciega High School 924 58th St. S, Gulfport

• Thursday, Nov. 2 at Boca Ciega High School 924 58th St. S, Gulfport

Families can see a showcase of all application programs and meet program representatives at Choice Information Fairs:

To advertise, call 727-612-0783

image, increase social skills, and academic performance of targeted males. Students in the program interact with respected and successful men whose real-life accomplishments help to inspire the young males to succeed. Students are paired with mentors and they meet bi-weekly to discuss academics, current teen issues, and worldwide issues. The students wear the red neckties to school on meeting days.

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to noon Pinellas Park High School 6305 118th Ave N, Largo. All programs will hold their own open-house style events called Discovery Nights from Nov. 13 to Dec. 22. Choice events and Discovery Nights are listed on the Choice Event flier. For more information, visit or call 727-588-6210. November 2017 • 29

Gulf Coast Family - November 2017  

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