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Vol. 10 Issue 9

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7 Ways to Grow Into a Strong Leader p. 10

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September 2017



7 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wishes You Knew

5 Movie Night September We 6 This Recommend That You… 7 Parent to Parent by Jennifer Beck

Hygiene and Your 8 Oral Overall Health

14 Family Night Out Coupons 16 Kids in the Kitchen for Family Meals 17 5byRules Cancer 18 Childhood Awareness Month

Diaries: 7 Ways to 10 Dungy Grow Into a Strong Leader Lessons from a Pencil 11 4byLife

Your Kids Back to School? 21 Are Back to the Routine?

by Tony Dungy,

12 Reader Photos of the Month

by Tammy Vasquez

by Ana Frias

Tips for Helping 22 Sensible Children With Homework

Spotlight: The Story 34 Species of “Martide”

23 After School Guide Making 24 CareFest: Sharing Contagious

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19 Heart Gallery to School Advice for 20 Back Our Pets

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The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.

Stronger – September 22

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

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A Question of Faith – September 29

When tragedy strikes three families, their destiny forces them on a converging path to discover God’s love, grace and mercy as the challenges of their fate could also resurrect their beliefs.


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Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker New York Times bestselling author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF Jen Hatmaker returns with another round of hilarious tales, shameless honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether it’s the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip or the way she learned to forgive, she offers a reminder to those of us who sometimes hide in the car eating crackers that we do have the moxie to get back up and get back out.



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as well. And that means we’ve now discovered the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.

Parent to Parent So there are a lot of really great things to do right here in Tampa Bay. But with Kissimmee less than two hours up the road, our Disney-loving family ends up traveling over there on quite a few weekends. We used to just buy the 4-day Discover Disney passes that are available for Florida residents in the winter and spring, and so that would be the only time we would go to the theme parks. But for the past two years, we’ve gotten the Florida resident seasonal pass instead, and we can now go in the fall

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My youngest, Haylee, has been talking for weeks now about the Loaded Mac and Cheese. She loves any and all macaroni and cheese, and eating it at Disney just makes it taste that much better. Hanna really likes the Chocolate Belgian Waffle, and Daniel, well he just loves it all! Daniel has always been my most adventurous eater. He was 14 years old the first time we went to the Food and Wine Festival, and we made the mistake of sending him ahead to Epcot with a Magic Band while my husband, the girls, and I spent the afternoon at the pool. Let me just say, Daniel ate really well that day, and our resort bill showed it! Now we know to get each of the kids a gift card so they have a set amount to spend instead of letting them have free reign.

Besides the food, there are a lot of other fun things to do as well. I always enjoy the chocolate sculptures, although the kids are only marginally impressed with those. Haylee and I did the Remy (from Ratatouille) scavenger hunt one year, and she really enjoyed that. She was way better than I was at spotting the little statues scattered throughout the World Showcase, that’s for sure. And she was very proud of her completed map once we had found them all. But the food really is the main attraction (and I guess for some people, the wine is too). If you want to enjoy a wide variety of food in a short amount of time, or if you just want to introduce picky kids to some exotic cuisine without risking a high-priced restaurant meal, the festival is a great way to do it! Until next time,



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Oral Hygiene and Your Overall Health by Dr. Nick Reynolds, Northeast Orthodontics

Poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. But by changing certain habits, you can improve the health of your mouth and teeth and lessen your risk. How well you care for your teeth and gums has a powerful effect on your overall health. Neglecting your oral health lead to more than just sore teeth and bad breath — it can open the door to all sorts of health problems, including some pretty nasty diseases like oral cancer. Researchers have found possible connections between gum problems and heart disease, bacterial pneumonia, stroke, and even problem pregnancies.

“You cannot be healthy with an unhealthy mouth any more than one can be healthy with an infected foot,” says Richard H. Price, DMD, spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA) and a former clinical instructor at the Boston University Dental School.

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A number of dietary habits and lifestyle factors can affect oral health, including:

• Sugar consumption.

Having a sugar-laden diet will contribute to tooth decay and gum problems, as the bacteria in the mouth thrive in this environment, producing tooth and gumdestroying enzymes and acids.

• Smoking. Dental care experts have

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• Drinking alcohol. Drinking can

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Some medications, for example, some antibiotics, can cause internal staining of teeth, such as tetracycline staining, depending on the age at which you take them. Also, there are 200 to 400 medications, prescribed or over-the-counter, that have the side effect of drying up saliva. A dry mouth is more prone to gum disease and tooth decay, as well as bad breath.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

To maintain your oral health — and overall good health —you should see your dentist regularly to head off any problems early. You should also practice good oral hygiene at home by carefully brushing and flossing your teeth regularly in order to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing problems. There is nothing a dentist can do that a patient can’t undo by neglecting their dental care.

Dental Fun Fact

Even though braces weren’t designed until the early 18th century, people have had a yearning for straight, attractive smiles for thousands of years. Many mummies have been discovered with cords made from animal intestines wrapped around their teeth, much like modern braces wiring, which archaeologists believe was an attempt at straightening crooked teeth.

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by Tony Dungy

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll didn’t try to be all things to all people. He didn’t try to change who he was or alter his approach. Instead, he hired coaches with different personalities. I must admit that I didn’t notice this when I was playing for him in Pittsburgh, but it became apparent once I was on the Steelers’ staff for a while. He always looked for good football coaches who were also good people and who had different strengths that they brought to the team. For instance, he was more of a teacher than a motivator, so having coaches on the staff who were more emotional was im-

portant. He taught a certain way, but he hired other guys who taught differently. It was a sign of a mature leader. I took that lesson with me. I learned where I was strong and where I needed support. Self-evaluation may seem like a daunting and unending task, but with these 7 action steps, you will be a person who shows strong leadership.

and they are always ready to change in order to become all that God intends.

2. Evaluate Your Motives

Are you working for yourself? For God? For others?

3. Come To Grips With Your Past

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Consider the order of importance you place on your relationship with God, your family, your work, your friends, and everything else. Be willing to reevaluate over time.

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Get help if you need to. Effective Mirror leaders get past the past – the things Recognize that God has given that tie them down. They realize that you incredible gifts, abilities, and forgiveness leads to freedom. strengths that are unique to you.

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Leaders lead as the people God made them to be, and they don’t try to be someone else.

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3. Give thanks.

“Mom!” my daughter hollers as she impatiently waits for the rest of the family to join her at the dinner table. “I’m hungry! Can I start?” As much as you are able, begin your meal with a prayer of thanks after you’re all seated. It doesn’t have to be a long prayer, and it’s nice to let your kids take turns giving thanks too. A pre-meal prayer sets a peaceful tone and settles everyone down. If formal prayers aren’t your style, go around and say what you’re thankful for.


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Awareness Month Gold Ribbon Heroes: Why Gold Ribbon Heroes Matter For many children diagnosed with childhood cancer, the prognosis now is significantly better than it was only 40 years ago; in fact, more than 80% of children with cancer will now survive five years and even longer, as compared Gold Ribbon Heroes LRto a fiveyear survival rate of only 58% in the mid-1970s. Yet for the children who are struggling to be one of those 80%, the road is always difficult, often painful, and never straight and narrow. Luckily, these children don’t have to travel the road to survival by themselves. For as strong and as courageous as these children are, they are surrounding by loving, dedicated individuals who every day find the strength, wisdom, and commitment to help cancer’s youngest warriors on their journey, wherever it may lead. These individuals play a critical role in making the lives of children and families impacted by this terrible disease just a little bit easier.

Through the American Childhood Cancer Organization’s Gold Ribbon Hero Program, the ACCO seeks to celebrate as many of these important individuals as it can, to show the world just how important they are in helping and supporting cancer’s youngest and strongest warriors. Anyone can be a Gold Ribbons Hero. A Gold Ribbon Hero may be the child who astounds us with strength and perseverance, a parent who continues to show courage and bravery even when their heart is breaking, a medical practitioner who cares so deeply about each and every patient, or a researcher who continues to persevere in the ongoing search for the next miracle cure. These individuals are an inspiration and a positive example for everyone in the childhood cancer community and beyond.

How Can You Help Raise Awareness This September? Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately ¼ of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and — importantly — to help raise funds for research and family support.

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Jontae loves watching Bay News 9 and the Cartoon Network. He loves math and wants to become a mathematician when he grows up. When he’s not watching TV or doing homework, Jontae is outside playing football with his sister or playing video games. Friendly and athletic, Jontae enjoys being part of a team. Janay and Jontae are looking for a parent who is able to roll with the punches and guide them in life as they work to achieve their goals.

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The freedom and attention received during summer vacation abruptly ends at the first day of school. Without warning, schedules shift – the coming and going, eating, exercising, and freedom may be limited while you spend time on your lessons. Their human playmates of summer suddenly have new interests and friends. All of this can create a lot of anxiety in our pets. This stress adds insecurity and affects our pets in many ways. It can cause behavior problems such as chewing, soiling in the house, barking with dogs or clawing furniture with cats. These problems can be troubling to us, but more serious health problems can also occur with your pet. The distressed pet may experience vomiting, diarrhea, skin issues, or eating problems. Eating problems may range from not eating at all to eating things they shouldn’t, such as dirt, plants, socks, toys, etc. This can lead to emergency medical problems as these objects can easily get caught in the intestinal tract and can be deadly. Crating or sectioning off a safe pet area is always the best solution to this when you’re not home to supervise. You wouldn’t leave a toddler with free run, without supervision; and you shouldn’t with your 4-legged children either. It is important that you make them as comfortable as possible. Provide a bed, pillow, or blanket; and even when tempted, don’t leave them with a chewy. That is for when they are under supervision. Get an interactive but safe toy to leave with them, which will keep them safe and occupied. Most importantly, NEVER send them to their crate/room as a punishment! This is to be their “safe” zone; and a treat to get them in their “house”(as we call it) will associate good things, not bad, with their space. When you associate it with punishment they will never think of it as their “safe” place.

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Are Your Kids Back to School? Back to the Routine?

By Ana Frias

Today we will talk a little bit about how sports and especially Jiu-jitsu can help your children with their daily routine and why regular sports practice is such an important component of school development. A recent study conducted by The Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine study screened 12,000 6 to 18-year-old children and concluded that physical activity contributes to cognition, increasing the blood supply and oxygen to the brain, decreasing stress and improving concentration and humor. Nowdays, children are spending less time throughout the day doing physical activity and more time in front of their computer screens. While access to the internet and fast information can be good, too much time in front of the screen can also be detrimental. As parents we must be very careful with both how and how much our children use technology. We at American Top Team ST Pete are sport educators and we know how important it is to have a good balance in order to be successful at school. So school and Jiu-jitsu can make your child a more complete human being. Here are just a few of the advantages Jiu-jitsu training can have on your children: • Most children spend 7 hours or more a day at school. As a result, many parents end up signing their children up in an after school “babysitting” program because there are no other options. Children get stressed and get tired from sitting down for many hours. What a difference

though, just one hour of sports practice can make on the wellbeing of your child! It helps them grow physically, helps prevent injuries and increases the blood supply to their brains. Jiu-jitsu is a complete sport that moves all muscles of the body. • Increased focused physical activity also has been proven to help greatly with children’s behavior! As Jiu-jitsu is an individual sport, it will help children develop the competitive instinct they own. Children learn how to win and how to lose. We must teach children how to deal with the loss and how to learn from it. And then start all over again to accomplish the goal and win and to become a victorious human being. Jiu-jitsu teaches this every single day. This will also help them understand that a bad test today can motivate them to study more and do a better test tomorrow. • Physical activities also develop self discipline which will carry over into the classroom. As with most things in life, learning is developed through habit and routine. With Jiu-Jitsu children learn on TATAMI that they must respect their SESEi master and after some months they understand that this should be the same type of respect they show their school teacher, who studied for years to teach them and prepare them for their future. Discipline is taught from how the uniform is to be worn, to the respect they should have for their training friends.

medication to calm him down and for that reason they decided to enroll him in Jiu-Jitsu classes earlier than Ana Luiza. Jorge started practicing Jiu-jitsu at the age of 4 and he has been learning how to love others every day and that you can train with your opponent and respect him. Although his aggressiveness was making his parents worried, the Jiu-Jitsu training started to make a difference at his behavior both and home and at school. He became a new child as he was using his energy in sports and it was a scape valve. Thanks to the routine, he learned there is a time for everything. American Top Team St Pete as a family gym worries about your child’s education. Master Junior Fernandes and his wife Ana both agree that Jiu-jitsu has played an important role in the education and development of their two children. For example, our daughter Ana Luiza Fernandes has been a shy child since she was little and for her it was very hard for her to go to school. She used to cry a lot and she did not like school, as she found it hard to make new friends. After 4 years of Jiu-jitsu training, she feels more secured, communicative, loves going to school and joining clubs and projects. On the other hand, our son Jorge Fernandes “Jorjao” has always been a secured boy with high self-esteem. Since he was little, he went to day cares where he had some behavior issues and even, “bullying” other children. Jorge was diagnosed with DDI (Dissociative identity disorder) and he was prescribed

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This is just one of the examples of how Jiu-jitsu helps different personalities. Today Jorge does not take any medication and he is in a special class at school, collecting many medals at home. Although Jiu-jitsu is an individual sport, it cannot be practiced without an opponent. At American Top Tem ST Pete students are taught the importance of team work. Teaching a position to a friend will make you grow. That will be your best training. Jiu-jitsu is a contact sport and the constant trainings will create a bond between them for the rest of their lives. We hope this information helps demonstrate how physical training and especially Jiu-jitsu can help your child with both their physical development and their development at school. We are so confident with the results, that challenge to you train with us for a week to see for yourself. For more information, call (954) 638-0860 or at

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Sensible Tips for Helping Children With Homework by Judy Adorno


One of the biggest lessons for parents of school-age children is learning how to handle homework, and how best to help their children meet academic challenges. Sometimes, parents think helping their child complete homework, or even doing their child’s homework for him, will help him achieve better grades in school. Often, it’s just the opposite, creating a situation where children have not learned the concepts they are later tested on in the classroom.


Instead, parents should create a homework environment that is conducive to their child efficiently tackling school tasks. At Sylvan Learning we recommend the following tips to help parents develop a homework plan for back-to-school success:

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Help your child set attainable goals for each class and help her identify what will need to be done to reach each goal. For example, to get an A in American History she will need to turn in all her homework, participate in class, etc. Because each child is special, with different learning styles and academic needs, it’s important to personalize the learning process. Children learn in at least eight different ways, according to the Multiple Intelligences Theory: visually, verbally, physically, mathematically, musically, naturalistically, through group activity or through quiet thinking time. If you help your child work within his style, he will work more effectively.


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Develop a color-coded file for each of your child’s classes. Make separate tabs for homework assignments, exams and projects, so your child can refer back to class materials when studying for comprehensive tests.


For big projects or exams, get a large calendar for your child’s desk area and help him set short timelines to ensure projects and studying aren’t left until the last minute. Celebrate with your child when each milestone is met. By working with your child to develop a plan to efficiently complete homework tasks, you will find higher grades, fewer homework headaches and a more confident child as a result. For more educational resources for children in grades pre-K through 12, please visit or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.

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CareFest was an outgrowth of Super Bowl XXXV which was held in Tampa and was a sanctioned event of the Super Bowl. This compassion festival, done the week prior to the Super Bowl had over 1,400 volunteers serve approximately 12,000 attendees. Close to 200 churches and business combined their resources along with Somebody Cares Tampa Bay and Operation Blessing. Over 120,000 lbs. of groceries were distributed, three truckloads of clothes, lunches were served to all participants, three sports clinics hosted by active professional athletes, games, adult and youth music and more was provided. Afterwards, Daniel Bernard, President of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay, was asked to share with the heads of various departments of the City of Tampa. From this meeting where Daniel shared the desire of churches to serve the city, CareFest was born.

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“The object of CareFest is literally to do all the good we can by all the means we can,” shared Bernard. “CareFest unites churches, businesses, organizations and cities for the purpose of demonstrating God’s love in practical ways.” For the past 15 years in September, Somebody Cares Tampa Bay (SCTB) has mobilized local churches, community agencies, and businesses to meet the practical needs of our communities through a weeklong CareFest. “The object of this week is literally to do all the good we can by all the means we can. During this week we work with area churches and ministries to minister the love of God through practical acts of kindness such as passing out bags of food, delivering care packages, and giving care coupons to friends, neighbors and family members.”

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This week of caring culminates in a day-long work day in which hundreds of volunteers in different locations throughout our service area come together to beautify and repair homes and neighborhoods. These projects are identified through local government offices, churches and ministries. At the end of the day the volunteers and the people who have been helped come together to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments. Free food and drinks are provided for all involved. In addition, each year a “Care Cup” trophy is awarded to the location with the largest number of volunteers. These celebrations also provide very important opportunities for area churches to connect with people in need and the general community. Approximately 6,000 volunteers and over 150 partners from area churches, businesses and other non-profit ministries are involved in CareFest on an annual basis.

CareFest not only blesses the recipients of the services and the volunteers, but it serves to further unify the community in Tampa Bay. This week of caring provides the additional and very powerful benefit of introducing churches, businesses, ministries and individuals to each other’s work in the area. On September 30, CareFest St. Pete 2017 starts and ends at Lake Vista Park with check-in and light morning refreshments at 7:30 a.m., followed by projects conducted from 8 a.m. to Noon. Once finished at their project site, participants are invited back to Lake Vista Park for volunteer recognition, lunch and entertainment between noon and 1:30 p.m. The event wraps up with CareFest organizers and the mayor presenting certificates to all volunteer groups.

To learn more, visit www.carefestusa. com and click on “Get Involved”. For volunteer information, contact Susan Ajoc, Community Services, 727-892-5141, or Chris Cahall, CareFest St. Pete Co-Chair, 727-743-5695. Volunteers and groups can also request information via e-mail to

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Fair helps special education students plan for the future Pinellas County Schools has developed a special fair to help our high school students with disabilities plan for college, careers and life after high school.

ing, employment, college, military opportunities, supported living and additional resources. Families will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the district and various educational institutions and organizations.

The ESE College, Career & Life Fair will provide families with information about financial aid, career train-

The ESE College, Career & Life Fair will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m.

on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Pinellas Park High School, 6305 118th Ave. N. If you have questions or need a sign language interpreter, call Jayme Joslyn at 727-588-6000 ext. 5079. The ESE College, Career & Life Fair is especially important for 11th- and 12th-graders. The event will provide information about financial aid, career training, employment, college, military opportunities, supported living and additional resources.

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Lunch Pals mentoring program earns state award

Cindy McGarrigle of Regions Bank delivered hundreds of new shoes and socks for our students this week.

The Lunch Pals mentoring program was selected as the Elementary School Level winner of the 2017 Florida Association of Partners in Education Community Engagement Volunteer Award. As a result, district representatives will present the program in September at the 2017 Fall Leadership Conference in Orlando. The conference is hosted by the Florida Department of Education in conjunction with the 2017 Educational Strategies and Student Engagement Institute. The award also comes with a $500 prize.

The donations will go to students at Title I schools, which have high percentages of children from lowincome families. The items were donated by workers at local branches and community members as part of the bank’s Share the Good campaign.

Local Chamber of Commerce presents principal with Inspire Award Largo Middle School’s Principal Stephanie Joyner was the recent recipient of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Inspire Award. Presented by the Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Committee, the Inspire Award honors those who are making a difference in the community. This is the ninth year that the awards have been presented.

before taking the helm at Largo Middle School in 2013.

“This really goes to my family and my Largo Middle family,” Joyner said. “I work with a wonderful staff who are working hard at making students better.”

At Largo Middle School, she has implemented several programs that enhance student success. One of those programs is College for Every Student (CFES) which engages in three core practices which include mentoring, leadership through service pathways to college. The program helps underserved youth achieve college success. Last year, Largo Middle School was awarded the School Distinction Award for engaging in CFES’ three core practices.

Joyner has worked as a district middle school math teacher, an assistant principal and a district administrator

Joyner has one son and four years ago, she and her husband adopted a 2-yearold son from Haiti.

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Lunch Pals started in 2013 and allows employees of companies and community organizations to mentor 30 minutes once a week during a student’s lunch. The program started with one school and company, Mt. Vernon Elementary and Raymond James. Now, there are 51 community partners and businesses. At the end of 2016-17 school year, there were 707 students being mentored in the Lunch Pals program.

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Pictured left to right: Principal Stephanie Joyner, Largo Middle School secretary Katie Wiwi and WFLA’s Jenn Hollloway.

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lives to teaching and who want what’s best for your child. If you could sneak into the teachers’ lounge and eavesdrop during recess, this is what you would hear them say…

1. Teachers love your kids more than you know.

by Dana Hall McCain

I’m not a teacher, but I’ve spent my entire life surrounded by them on all sides: both of my parents, both siblings, and their wives, plus a countless list of friends, aunts, uncles and cousins. Education is our family thing (and I’m the oddball for choosing a different career path). What all this exposure to veteran teachers gives me, however, is a unique insider/outsider perspective. Sometimes we lose focus on the fact that the education of our children should be a partnership–a team pursuit wherein parents and teachers are all in for the goal of equipping and nurturing your child to be all God made him to be. When things get tough or a child is struggling, the parent-teacher relationship can become tense. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Our educational system isn’t perfect, but there are countless men and women who have devoted their

Let’s face it: Education isn’t an easy or especially lucrative career choice. With today’s pressure to meet standardized testing benchmarks while also caring for the social and emotional needs of kids from diverse circumstances, it’s uphill all the way. So why do they do it? With rare exception, it’s because they really do care. They worry about your kids when they lie down at night. They find themselves pondering in the grocery store line how to help a kid who’s “stuck” academically to have a breakthrough. So when you’re frustrated with your child’s teacher for whatever reason, understand that the problem is likely not a lack of concern on their part. Communicate about your concerns, but approach them as a teammate, not as the opposition.

they are unsuccessful with a task. Your teacher wishes you would resist rescuing your child too quickly or too often so those natural consequences could shape them into better people.

3. Read early. Read often. Then read some more. I posed this question to a fantastic preschool teacher who taught my oldest back in the day. She said, “I can tell almost immediately when 4K children are placed in my classroom which ones have been read to a great deal since infancy. They’re better students.” Interestingly, I received the same feedback from a high school English teacher. If, despite your best efforts, your child doesn’t love to read alone, keep reading aloud to them throughout childhood.

4. Even honest kids get things wrong sometimes. One seasoned teacher put it to me this way: “I tell my parents that if they’ll believe only about half of what their child says about me, I’ll extend the same courtesy

2. If you love your child, you’ll let her fail early. When I polled my teacher friends, this theme came up over and over. Parents are so concerned with the numbers on the report card (even in grammar school), they can’t bear to let their children take the deduction for a forgotten assignment or deal with the consequences of any failure, no matter how small. They rush to school to deliver the project or practice gear or to argue for a do-over when their student bombs an assignment. This severely inhibits the child’s ability to learn personal responsibility and how to bounce back from a misstep. Kids learn important things when

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to them.” It’s true; kids get facts mixed up, misunderstand things, and relay information incorrectly sometimes. Rather than getting upset with your teacher too quickly, a phone call or email to ask a few questions might be the better course. After all, your teacher is dismissing a fair number of outlandish and unflattering reports about what mom and dad say/do. If you only knew…

5. Speaking of emails and phone calls…

sitive or even an emergency, try calling the office and having the message relayed as such.

6. Remember your field trip manners. One teacher of younger children expressed frustration with parents who sign up to “chaperone” a class field trip but spend the entire day caring only for his/her own child. Chaperones need to assist and supervise other students, as well, to keep the trip safe and productive

In this age of instant communication, some parents are offended when a voicemail or email doesn’t garner an immediate response. But your child’s teacher has 20+ little faces sitting in front of her all day (many times even through her lunch “break”) who demand her attention and engagement. My teacher friends say that often they need to wait until the planning period or after school to respond to communication in order to give the children the focus and supervision they deserve. If your question or communication is time-sen-

for all. Additionally, midway through a museum tour with 20 6-year-olds in tow is not the right time to initiate a conference with the teacher about your child’s performance or needs. Taking children off-campus is a major responsibility (and therefore, a little bit stressful), and your child’s teacher must focus on the task at hand. Schedule a conference for a regular day.

7. Taking the summer off from all learning is a bad idea. Especially in the lower grades (think kindergarten-2nd grade), children are like sponges. They are learning a great deal, particularly in the area of reading and language arts, but they lose skills if they don’t continue to use them. You don’t have to put together a full-on summer homeschool curriculum, but do keep your child reading and engaging with learning a little bit each day during the break. They’ll be in much better shape on the first day of school and ready to take off with new skills!

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If you ride the bus: • Walk to and from the bus— • Wait for the driver to tell you • Never get off the bus at a don’t run, push or shove it’s OK to cross different stop • Stand back from the curb • Cross at least 10 feet in front of • Tell the driver where your while you wait for the bus the bus stop is, and stay on the bus • Never crawl under a school bus until you get there

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• Walk in a group, not alone • Walk on the sidewalk—if • Cross at corners or marked there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road so crosswalks and rememyou can see oncoming cars ber to look left-right-left • Walk during daylight if • Cross with a crossing possible—and if it’s not, guard whenever possible wear reflective clothing • Watch out for turning cars

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12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Keswick Christian School

10101 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg

Lakeside Schristian School

1897 Sunset Point Rd, Clearwater

Learning Adventures Preschool

4401 38th Ave N, St. Petersburg

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13400 Park Blvd, Seminole

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7777 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

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13233 102nd Ave. N., Largo

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1775 S Highlands Avenue, Clearwater

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4500 38th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

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501 39th St. N., St. Petersburg

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7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park

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2095 Belleair Rd, Clearwater

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5101 1st St NE, St. Petersburg

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129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater

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10895 Hamlin Blvd, Largo

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2021 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

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3909 S MacDill Avenue, Tampa

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2102 Bell Shoals Rd, Brandon

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6101 N Habana Ave, Tampa

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12606 Casey Rd, Tampa

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Florida Manatee: The Story of “Martide” If you are fortunate enough to enjoy Florida’s warm coastal waters and springs, you might have the opportunity to see a unique species of marine mammal, the Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee. Manatees are often referred to as “sea cows” because they are herbivores that graze on freshwater and saltwater plants. Florida manatees were once on the brink of extinction. There are natural threats to manatees in the wild, like cold stress, pneumonia and other diseases, but much more often manatees are affected by human-related activities like boating accidents, getting trapped in flood control structures, swallowing fish hooks and litter, and harmful algal blooms. The story of one of those manatee patients follows. A young male manatee named “Martide,” was rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) after stranding himself on a beach, suffering from seizures. Martide had been poisoned by red tide, a seasonal toxic algal bloom that harms many marine animals. Red tide affects the manatee’s nervous system and they

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are unable to control their muscles. First, FWC had to get Martide safely to the Zoo’s Manatee Hospital in a big box truck. Manatees can be safely out of the water for a few hours, but his rescuers misted him with water to keep his skin moist. Once Martide reached the Zoo, a dozen members of the staff and FWC volunteers lifted him off the truck and into a special sling, attached to a large crane. The crane then lifted him into Medical Pool 1 where the Zoo’s veterinary staff weighed and measured him, took his vital signs, and started treatment for his condition. Martide, like other manatees infected with red tide, received 24/7 care from the Zoo staff until the toxin was out of his system and he regained control of his muscles. For some red tide manatees, rehabilitation can take as much as 2-3 years. Martide spent only a month in the Manatee Hospital before he fully recovered and could be returned to the wild. Martide is just one of our success stories. Since 1991, the David A. Straz Manatee Hospital at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has treated over 400 Florida manatees.

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Q: Our second child is almost 3 years old. She doesn’t respond to any of the parenting strategies that worked well with her older sister. We’re stumped and stressed. What are we doing wrong?

they’ll rise to the challenge. Others will struggle even more. Some children thrive under rules and discipline. Others rebel at the slightest form of discipline, and may require a more creative approach to correction.

Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: This is really about adapting to the differences from person to person. Many parents think raising children is like following a recipe—use the same ingredients every time, and the cookies always come out the same, right? We know that’s not quite the case.

You have to study and know each of your kids, and invest the time and energy to connect, correct and redirect them according to what motivates them as an individual. A good starting point is the helpful, research-based and reliable 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment at

Children are individuals. They don’t all share the same talents, aptitudes and perceptions. Just because Son No. 1 is capable of straight A’s, that doesn’t mean you can expect his brother to achieve the same. And one daughter may be a great athlete, while her sister might be a brilliant musician. Each child has his or her own way of viewing, interpreting and engaging in their world.


Treating each child the same way makes sense to us because we think we’re being fair. It may be fair, but it’s not really most effective. Core values—honesty, respect, etc.—should be expected of everyone in the home. But that leaves plenty of room to tailor your expectations to your child’s personality. Push some kids to work harder in school, and

Q: Our daughter is painfully shy. As a toddler, she would run behind her mom’s legs when guests visited. Even now, as a young teenager, she struggles to look people in the eye. She does well in school, but we’re still concerned. How can we help our girl overcome her fear of social interaction? Jim: First, let’s clarify a common misconception. Author Susan Cain points out: “Shyness is the fear of social disapproval or humiliation, while introversion is a preference for environments that are not overstimulating.” Some introverts are shy, and many shy people are introverted. But those aren’t synonymous terms. Shyness is usually a personality trait. It’s not that children want to feel timid around people; they just do. With some

patience and encouragement, parents can help shy children develop confidence in social settings. Shy people feel most timid in unfamiliar situations. An obvious solution is to make those settings feel more predictable and routine. Create opportunities for your daughter to venture into unknown territory with you by her side. Have her order her own meal at a restaurant, for example. Or accompany her while she asks a sales associate a question. The first few times you may even coach her in what to say. But you’ll gradually be able to pull back until she’s handling the situation on her own. Remember, too, that you’ll probably have to repeat this process for each new situation. Ordering her own meal, for example, won’t help her feel any more prepared to make phone calls or set appointments. But with each new task she conquers, her overall confidence should grow.

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A shy child will likely always be shy. But handled properly, shyness can be a gift. Shy kids tend to grow up to be sensitive, caring adults, who show a high degree of compassion for others. They just need some help from you to learn how to manage their shyness well.

Q: We moved to a new school district over the summer; now our second-grader is expressing fear of riding the bus. He did OK last year, so I don’t understand this development. It’s too far for him to walk, and my wife and I both work, so we can’t drive him every day. What can we do?

GETTING MARRIED IS THE BOLDEST THING YOU WILL DO Q: I’m in my late 20s. I date a lot, but have seen so many marriages break up (including my parents) that I’m not keen to go down that road myself. Why pursue a lost cause? Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries: One of the most insightful statements I’ve heard about marriage comes from author Maggie Gallagher: “Getting married is the boldest and most idealistic thing that most of us will ever do.”

1976 movie, a friend asks Rocky why he would bother pursuing a relationship with Adrian, a young woman so shy she’s afraid of her own shadow. Rocky replies, as only he can, “She’s got gaps; I got gaps. Together we fill gaps!”

Ms. Gallagher is right; marriage demands a lot from us. Building a successful marriage requires us to think about our spouse’s well-being more than our own. And—this will be no surprise—that kind of sacrifice doesn’t come naturally. It takes a lot of commitment to live it out every day.

Rocky’s statement is simple, but profound. We have the ability to be strong where our spouse is weak. To do that, we have to be willing to step outside of ourselves and make our spouse’s needs a priority. The love we feel when we’re dating is usually all about our needs being met. I think that’s why Maggie Gallagher describes marriage as a “bold” move. Infatuation eventually wears off. When it does, we can only experience true, fulfilling love if we’re willing to serve our spouse and fill each other’s gaps. It’s bold, idealistic and very much worth it.

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Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: This can be quite normal for kids that are a bit shy; if that’s the case, your child will need some reassurance and coaching. If he’s generally outgoing, adventurous and not usually afraid, then you’ll need to dig deeper. First, ask your son for more information. Did something occur last year on the bus? Was there a problem with other

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with Jim Daly kids? Is anything especially scary about the new setting? If nothing bad happened previously, the issue could be he’s just nervous about the unknowns at this new school. You can make that first ride less intimidating with some planning. You could have him take a squeeze ball or a fidget toy to help him as he manages his fearful feelings. Or he could quietly play “detective” and note different eye colors, nose shapes or hairdos he sees on the bus, then share those observations with you when he gets home.

HOW SHOULD WE HANDLE CYBERBULLYING Q: I’m horrified whenever I see something in the news about cyberbullying; my son is about to start middle school, and he’s fairly sensitive. I want him to enjoy making new friends and connecting with people through various means, but I’m also worried. How can I help guard his heart without being over-protective?

Another idea is planning a special celebration for the first Bob Waliszewski, Director, Plugged In: I wish I could day and the first week of successfully riding the new bus. help alleviate your concern by citing statistics showing Celebrations help a child focus on controllable things raththat cyberbullying is a rarity, like being struck by lighter than the things that cannot be controlled. ning. Sadly, that’s not the case; 40 percent of all teens have been cyberbullied at least once. One out of five teens has Help your son see how fear is to be conquered and not been cyberbullied on a regular basis. A whopping 95 peravoided. Some personalities do better with this than othcent of social media users say they’ve witnessed it online. ers. But learning to manage uncomfortable feelings is a great life skill that will always be helpful as he grows. First, you need to ask your son if he’s ever felt bullied in a general sense. Then transition to cyberbullying. Has If you’d like to discuss this subject at greater length with he been affected or has someone he knows? How has he our Counseling Department, call 1-800-232-6459. responded? Let your son know that should it ever happen (or if it already has), you want to be aware and help him walk through it. Make sure he understands that depending upon the severity, there are times when a bully’s parents should be notified, possibly school administrators, sometimes law enforcement. Assure him that you will help facilitate this process.

be developed. I suggest a two-fold approach. Make sure he grasps that all human beings have a God-given value, independent of what others think or say, and independent of what he can or will accomplish. That said, in a parallel fashion, it still helps if your son can feel good about a special talent. Can he play the piano well? Does he have a good jump shot? Can he solve computer problems like Steve Wozniak? Make sure he can hold his head up high because of these gifts. When others tell him he’s not much—either in person or digitally—he can trust that the error must be with the bully, not with himself.

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two.

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Hi, I’m Dr. James Dobson, with My Family Talk. You know, one of the most enjoyable things to having an international radio program is the thousands of cards and letters I get from listeners. I particularly love those that come from children. One such letter came in recently from a nine-year-old girl named Christina. She sent me a poem that she had written for her grandparents. Let me share it with you. There is a place where I like to hide. There is a place with love inside. It’s my Nana’s garden. When it’s all quiet I just stand still, and listen to the trees and whippoorwill. There is a place where I like to hide. There is a place with love inside. It’s my Nana’s garden. It’s my Nana’s garden. Isn’t that creative, coming from a child? It speaks to the importance of grandparents in a child’s life. Christina sounds like a lucky young lady. I’ve always believed that grandparents have a Godgiven responsibility to help care for and nurture their grandchildren, and most do an admirable job of it. Children instinctively crave the companionship of their elders. And the strongest families are those who have loving and stable grandparents at the helm. Grandparents, let me encourage you to stay close to your grandchildren. Don’t meddle, but be available. And parents— do what you can to foster closeness with your moms and dads. Your kids need them more than you might think. Dr. James Dobson is the Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.

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t a e r It’s G ! e t a to Crdep a r e n t s Gran Craf ts Day

Grandparents Day is an officially–recognized national holiday that falls each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. With this holiday, children have an opportunity to show their appreciation and love toward their grandparents, and grandparents feel valued as their role is recognized. Here are three simple personalized crafts your children can create that are sure to put a smile on any grandparent’s face!

Tell Grandma and Grandpa how great they are by making them this adorable foot print butterfly card. While your preschoolers may not be able to write, they can still make cards with words and special messages too! They may even learn something while they’re doing it!

This cute garden apron is a lot of fun and quite inexpensive to make. With a simple white apron, a couple of paint brushes and some acrylic paint from Michaels and of course your children’s imprints you can make this keepsake which any grandparent would love to have. You don’t need to be an artist to do this craft, just some patience to make sure the kids put their footprints and hand prints in the right locations. Use your children’s tootsies to make the butterflies and their hands for the flowers.

The idea of personalized pot holders is definitely not a new one, although it does make a great gift. Grandparent love these and they love putting them up in the kitchen for all to see! Dish towels also make great gifts.

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September 2017 Events

September 1-30 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL The 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be held from September 1 through November 13, 2017. Your Epcot admission is all that’s needed to participate in this popular event! September 1 - 30 SKYWAY: A CONTEMPORARY COLLARORATION The Ringling, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts will be showing the exhibit simultaneously at all three museums and highlights the diversity and talent of local artists. The exhibition features 57 artists from Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota County. September 1 - 30 SWAPTEMBER Florida Aquarium is partnering with Lowry Park Zoo so members of each can enjoy FREE admission at the other Bay area attraction during the month of September. September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29 MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY If you are looking for a way to celebrate Halloween Disney Style, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the event for you. Adults and children can Trick-or-Treat their way through the Magic Kingdom while experiencing Halloween magic at every turn. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes.

September 1-3 ELECTRIC OCEAN AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO When the sun goes down the night comes to life at SeaWorld’s all-new Electric Ocean. Guests explore exotic worlds of light and music filled with glowing sea creatures, DJ entertainment, and a spectacular display of fireworks. With the return of celebrated shows Sea Lion Tonite and Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night, summer nights at SeaWorld have never been brighter.

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September 1 - 4 DINOS ALIVE -- TAMPA’S LOWRY PARK ZOO Dinosaurs have taken over Tampa Bay and roam the Zoo during the daylight, every day! Grab the whole family and get ready to be surrounded by life size dinosaurs as you experience Dinos Alive! Better hurry though as they will only be here till Labor Day. September 1 FIRST FRIDAY AT HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM The Museum will be open with free admission from 5 – 7 PM. Visitors are encouraged to explore the nation’s only Victorian railroad resort hotel museum, enjoy live music on the veranda, and share a treat with friends at our tastings table. A docent-led tour of the Museum will begin at 5:15 PM. September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 DILLYDALLY WITH DALI Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom. September 2, 16 MFA MAKE & TAKE SATURDAYS Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the collection and special exhibitions. Supplies are included.

Spend a special day at GCM with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to kick off football season! Test your football skills with 360 Drills and a Quarterback Challenge, or learn from the Bucs Cheerleaders. Try on a Bucs uniform and board the Bucs Bus for a special Locker Room Experience! If you are a member of the Bucs Squad for Youth or are wearing Bucs gear, you will receive $3 off GCM Admission for the day! September 5 CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FREE TUESDAY The Glazer Children’s Museum proudly presents a Free Admission Tuesday program held on the first Tuesday of every month, between 12-7pm. Join us and great partners like WEDU PBS for free, family fun. September 8 - 9 NIGHT OF JOY On September 8 and 9, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort will host Disney

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Night of Joy, 2 glorious evenings filled with gospel, hiphop, pop, rock, praise and adult contemporary music from the industry’s top artists. Attendees can kick back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable experience sure to make spirits soar! September 8 - 9 ROCK THE UNIVERSE Rock, Ride and Rejoice at Florida’s Biggest Christian music festival. Experience two nights of powerful tunes from Christian Rock’s brightest stars at Universal Studios Florida™. Lift your hands and let your heart soar with amazing performers including Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Lecrae, for KING & COUNTRY, Brandon Heath, Lauren Daigle, plus other top contemporary Christian music artists.

September 8 – 10 JURASSIC QUEST – FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultrarealistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few.

September 9-10 GUY HARVEY WEEKEND Meet Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist, in person on September 9th & 10th at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Widely recognized as one of the world’s finest marine wildlife artist, Guy Harvey combines his unique artistic talents with his background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler, to create marine wildlife art with an unmatched authenticity and visual appeal. There will be meet-and-greets, autographs with your favorite Guy Harvey gear, and more! September 9 6TH ANNUAL FALL STAMPEDE The 6th Annual Fall Stampede Presented by Chick-fil-A is held every September in acknowledgment of Childhood cancer. The festivities will begin 6:30 AM at Curtis Hixon Park. The event includes a 5K Run, 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk, a Mascot Race, photo opportunities with the Chick-fil-A cows, and a post-race party in the Family Fun Zone including Chick-fil-A food, games, and great prizes. September 10 & 24 AVANT-GARDENERS AT THE DALI Come explore The Dali Museum’s Avant-Garden and learn how Dali was inspired by nature. Little AvantGardeners (12 and under) will take a focused tour of our garden, exploring new themes each week followed by an art activity in our classroom. We recommend wearing comfortable play clothes-you might get a little messy! September 10 GREAT CONNECTIONS AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS Great Connections is a monthly program just for children with special needs and their families. The second Sunday of the month, Great Explorations will close to the general public from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., will modify lights and sounds, and will provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.

September 10 PAINTING ON THE WILD SIDE AT BUSCH GARDENS Celebrate wildlife during a one-of-a-kind instructed canvas painting session. The special experience will take place inside the state-of-the art Tiger Lodge, overlooking Busch Gardens’ magnificent tigers on their habitat. Enjoy an artist’s adventure Painting on the Wild Side featuring Guy Harvey, where you’ll meet Guy Harvey before embarking on a 60 minute painting session with a local artist. September 14 - 15 WORKING WOMEN STATE CONFERENCE 2017 Working Women of Florida will host its 2017 state conference on September 14th and 15th at The Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa. The conference will feature dozens of speakers from all over the country. Working Women of Florida is a savvy and supportive community of entrepreneurial women. “Bloom Where You Are” is this year’s theme for the conference and Working Women of Tampa Bay’s signature flower has been encouraging women throughout the region to bloom in their professional careers and endeavors which is always très chic! September 16 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. BOSTON RED SOX The first 15,000 fans will receive a Blake Snell Bobble-head - while supplies last.

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September 16 MY DOLL AND ME - KIT KITTREDGE Travel through time with your favorite dolls! Explore the past with crafts, games and gallery experiences based on American Girl© historic characters as well as Tampa’s exciting history. This month we will focus on Kit and life in the 1930s! American Girl dolls are welcome but not required for participation. September 17 PEPPA PIG LIVE! AT RUTH ECKERD HALL Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back at Ruth Eckerd Hall with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises! Performances geared to young audiences. September 17 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. BOSTON RED SOX Kids 14 and under will receive a Rays Hooded Bath Towel - while supplies last. September 19 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS. CAROLINA HURRICANES - PRESEASON The Lightning open the 2017-18 campaign with their first preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes at AMALIE Arena.

September 23-24 GCM FREE ADMISSION WEEKEND The Glazer Children’s Museum is turning 7 years old and they want this weekend to be one of the best, which is why museum admission will be FREE Saturday and Sunday! Let’s celebrate! September 20 -23 TAMPA BAY FASHION WEEK Now in its tenth year, the event returns Wednesday through Saturday. Started in 2008, Tampa Bay Fashion Week has varied in nature each year since. “Fashion Is A Story” is the theme for this year’s Tampa Bay Fashion Week! Come experience the local fashion scene and witness firsthand the latest and greatest fashion trends, style tips, industry news and fashion designers. September 22 COYOTE PETERSON’S BRAVE ADVENTURES TOUR AT THE STRAZ With more than 1.1 billion views and 7.4 million subscribers, Brave Wilderness, YouTube’s top-rated wildlife channel, is a one-stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing, up-close animal encounters. Whether he is diving into the water to catch a giant

September 23 - 24 SUPERHERO SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS Tap into your own superpowers and perfect your superhero look at Great Explorations on Sept. 23-24! Earn a super certificate at Great Explorations Superhero Academy, design your own superhero paper doll, make a super-cool mask, rid our Touch Tunnel of glowing “kryptonite” and more! There will also be super hero guest appearances throughout the day. September 23, 24, 30 HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts and up-close animal encounters in a family-friendly event that could only come

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from SeaWorld. SeaWorld offers children the ultimate in safe and exciting trick-or-treat fun. September 23 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE Rowdies fans! Here’s your chance to cheer on our Tampa Bay Rowdies and enjoy fun filled evening at Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete.

History Center for this year’s Duckwall Lecture. Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson for audiences across the U.S. since his first appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1984. Don’t miss this intimate evening with one of our Founding Fathers. September 29-30 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE - IN CONCERT

September 23 GS FEST AT THE USF SUN DOME Spend a day experiencing everything exciting for Girl Scouts and their families! Presented by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, GS Fest is a great time to bring family, friends, and neighbors so everyone can see all the wonderful, comfort-zone expanding, creative, science-y, thrilling, have-so-much-fun-you-can’t-wait-to-do-it-again things girls can do in Girl Scouting. September 24 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS PRESEASON The Lightning conclude their preseason home slate against the in-state rival Panthers at AMALIE Arena. September 27 9TH ANNUAL DUCKWALL LECTURE: AN EVENING WITH THOMAS JEFFERSON Direct from Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s premier Thomas Jefferson interpreter, Bill Barker, heads to the

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The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-alifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert will feature The Florida Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. September 29 SNAP JUDGMENT AT THE TAMPA THEATRE Snap Judgment, the public radio storytelling phenomena, electrifies Tampa audiences on WUSF 89.7 every week. This fall, WUSF is bringing Glynn Washington and the rest of the Snap Judgment crew to Tampa Theatre for a onenight-only LIVE performance.

September 29 - 30 DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. September 30 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. BETHLEHEM STEEL Rowdies fans! Here’s your chance to cheer on our Tampa Bay Rowdies and enjoy fun filled evening at Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete. September 30 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. BALTIMORE ORIOLES The first 15,000 fans will receive a Rays Burst car emblem - while supplies last.

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The Art of the Brick Downtown Tampa, September 1 – 4 The Art of the Brick is the first art exhibition to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO® bricks as an art medium and artist Nathan Sawaya has taken it to new heights. Presented by the Vinik Family Foundation



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Celebrate Glazer Children’s Museum’s 7th birthday weekend with FREE admission Saturday and Sunday!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Select Nights in September and October Be there to watch these mad machines manned by superb driver and throttlemen tackle choppy gulf waters at mind blowing speeds of nearly 200 mph!

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