Never Forget project set at Providence Community School

September 4, 2013 

'Never Forget' project set at Providence

BRADENTON -- The Providence Community School in Bradenton will set up an American flag memorial Tuesday to remember the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The memorial on campus will be made of 2,977 America flags, representing each person killed. A moment of silence and prayer will be held at 8:46 a.m., commemorating the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Representatives from the Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue, Manatee West Fire District, Manatee Sheriff's Office, Bradenton Police Department and the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines will be in attendance.

Open to the public. The memorial will be displayed outside at 5512 26th St. W. for the public to see.

United Way still needs volunteers for Reading Pals

MANATEE -- The United Way Reading Pals program needs volunteers to help kindergartners in the Manatee County School District.

The program works to build student reading and vocabulary skills.

Volunteers will read one hour a week for two consecutive 30-minute sessions, working with one student for each session.

The Reading Pals program is working with Ballard Elementary School from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Blackburn Elementary School from 9:20 to 10:20 a.m., Rogers Garden Elementary School from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and Daughtrey Elementary School from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

Information: Sandra Holmes at 941-748-1313.

Florida Student Astronaut Challenge now open

Student team registration for the third-annual Florida Student Astronaut Challenge is now open to high school students.

This three-day event focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics provides an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge through a series of team-oriented experiments and challenges.

The competition will include mobile space shuttle simulations, flight operation problem-solving, international Space Station operation experiments, astronaut encounters and a viewing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

Teams must register to take the regional qualifier exam by Sept. 27 at one of three locations on Oct. 12.

The 12 highest-scoring, five-person teams to qualify will be invited to compete for first place at the state-level competition March 7-9, 2014, organized by NASA at the Kennedy Space Center.

For more information, go to astronautchallenge.com.

Healthy student meal program enters year 5

MANATEE -- This is the fifth year the Manatee County School District will participate in the fresh fruit and vegetable program.

The purpose is to expose elementary school studentsto new fruits and vegetables.

Students at schools in the program will receive a fresh fruit or vegetable in their classrooms as a midmorning snack four days a week.

Nutrition education will be provided on where and how the snack is grown, and the health benefits.

Ballard, Daughtrey, Manatee, Oneco, Orange Ridge-Bullock, Palmetto, Rogers Garden, Samoset and Tillman elementary schools are participating.

-- Herald staff reports

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