Manatee students head to Atlanta for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16, 2014 

Manatee students head to Atlanta for MLK Day

MANATEE -- A group of 25 fifth-grade students from Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School are traveling to Atlanta this weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The students will visit the MLK National Historical Site, museum, King's birth home and the church where he served as pastor.

The trip is paid for through a State College of Florida grant for MLK community service projects, business partner donations and student contributions. Bethel Baptist Church of Bradenton provided each student a winter coat to keep them warm during the trip.

The students leave at noon Friday from Orange Ridge-Bullock. After their return Monday on the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, students will honor King by planting a Peace Garden at school and placing a plaque in the garden.

Palmetto High senior earns Good Citizen Award

PALMETTO -- The Manatee chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Palmetto High School senior Bethany Brogdon with the Good Citizen Award for 2013-14.

To qualify, a student must be a high school senior who has displayed "dependability, service, leadership and patriotism."

Brogdon is a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Cadet at Palmetto High School for four years, a member of the color guard and co-captain of the drill team.

Brogdon was also inducted into the National Honor Society and is involved in the Palmetto High Interact Club, church youth groups and FFA. She plans on attending Georgia Military College and obtaining a degree in criminology.

Rowlett Elementary pre-K Arts Festival this week

MANATEE -- Rowlett Elementary is holding a pre-K Arts Festival for students entering kindergarten this coming school year.

Visitors will see the visual and performing arts curriculum offered at the conversion charter school. The event includes a cookout lunch.

The festival is scheduled for 9:15-11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday at 3500 Ninth St. E., Bradenton.

Rowlett Elementary is also holding an open house at 6 p.m. Feb. 5

RSVP Arts Festival: 941-708-6100.

-- Herald staff reports

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