Pasco News

School news, Oct. 19

Win $1,000

for school

Informed Families, A Florida resource on positive parenting, is offering a hand to parents across Florida on how to talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol just in time for the 28th annual Red Ribbon Week.

Families can visit to download the free Parent Guide. The website also offers an Ambassador Toolkit for educators who are interested in promoting the upcoming Red Ribbon Week in their schools and communities.

As the Florida sponsor of Red Ribbon Week, Informed Families is calling for entries in this year’s national Red Ribbon Week contest. Here’s how to enter to win $1,000 for a K-12 school and an iPad for the home.

Students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox or fence with a red ribbon and this year’s theme “A Healthy Me Is Drug Free.” Take a photo with the family and your Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to by Nov. 4. Voting will take place via Nov. 5-19. Ten winners from regions across the U.S. will win. Winners will be announced at on Dec. 6 and recognized at winning schools throughout December.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is co-sponsoring this year’s national contest.

High school

workshop at PHCC

Pasco-Hernando Community College will hold a free information workshop, “Knowing your Options for High School and Beyond,” to prepare parents and students for the first year in high school and the years that follow. The workshop will be held 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Room R-151 at PHCC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

Representatives from the Pasco school district and PHCC will explain the many options available to students entering the ninth grade, including advanced placement, dual enrollment NS International Baccalaureate programs.

Send an email to by Oct. 27 to confirm your seat. Space is limited.

Essay contest

winners announced

Diego Montoya, a fifth-grader at Odessa Elementary School, was the first-place winner in the Pasco Clerk of the Court & Comptroller’s Office constitutional essay contest.

Diego will receive a trophy and lunch with Clerk of the Court & Comptroller Paula O’Neil, and an escorted tour of the Pasco County courthouse location of his choice.

In honor of Constitution Day, on Sept. 17, all Pasco County fifth-graders were encouraged to submit an essay answering the question: “Why is the United States Constitution Important?” Diego,in his winning essay, wrote: “This document to me is important because as a U.S. citizen it protects my rights. No one can steal them as long as it stands.”

O’Neil also congratulated second-place winner Maravilla Frost of Lake Myrtle Elementary and third-place winner Gavin Geneser of Pine View Elementary.

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