Braden River Elementary music students earn state slots
BRADEN RIVER -- Eight Braden River Elementary School students will perform in one of two All-State elementary music ensembles out of 800 students who auditioned.
Students selected for the All-State Elementary Chorus are: Alex den Boggende, Olivia Garland and Mia Merrell.
Students selected for the All-State Orff Ensemble are: Aidan Collins, Julissa Garabito, Daylin Sciarrone, Hope Tudor and Roxane Dubé.
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These students will perform at the Tampa Convention Center.
The 17th FMEA All-State Elementary Chorus under the direction of Don Ester, with 200 elementary singers, will perform at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 14.
The first All-State Orff Ensemble will take place at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15.
Oneco student prepare blankets for veterans
ONECO -- Students, parents and staff from Oneco Elementary School began assembling Blankets for Veterans just before the holiday break.
Some Oneco Elementary students are part of the Never Underestimate Brave Students Club sponsored by the local Elks. They are making dozens of fleece blankets to be presented to Veterans from Bay Pines VA Healthcare System at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Oneco Elementary, 5214 22nd St. Court E., Bradenton.
Oneco Elementary students will also serve veterans a meal in the third year the school has participated in the project.
SCF earns grant to help nursing program
BRADENTON -- A $4,300 grant earned by the State College of Florida Foundation will help create a new medical dispensing tower to benefit nursing students.
The $4,310 grant came from the Community Foundation of Sarasota's Edward K. Roberts Emerging Needs Fund and will help create a new medical dispensing tower for the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch.
"On behalf of the SCF Foundation, we thank the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for its foresight in encouraging safe medication practices for students early in the program to prepare future nurses who will provide quality health care to residents in the region," Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation said in a statement.
Students using the medical dispensing tower will learn safe procedures for administering the prescribed medication in the proper dosage and at the right time on equipment used in a hospital setting, according to officials.
The equipment is the second tower at the MTSC's Intensive Care Unit, which also features patient simulators, electronic medical records, a nurse call system and drug recognition system. The risk-free, controlled, simulated environment provides SCF nursing students with opportunities to participate in collaborative training exercises in preparation for clinical practice.
Colombia's peace negotiator to speak at New College
SARASOTA -- Frank Pearl González was a key figure in the peace talks close to ending a half-century of violence in Colombia, helping reach initial agreements between the Colombian government and the left-wing guerrilla movement FARC in 2012.
The economist and Colombia's former high commissioner for peace will discuss an updated account of "Peace Negotiations Taking Place in Colombia with Guerrilla Movements" in a lecture at New College of Florida.
Pearl González served Colombia's presidential administration for six years, spanning two separate presidential administrations.
Over the last 50 years, civil conflict in Colombia has left more than 220,000 dead and 5.7 million displaced. The dispute is a major barrier to Colombia's fastest-growing economy in the region and progress toward its least violent year in three decades.
FARC is one of the richest guerrilla armies in the world. The reopening of peace negotiations between FARC and the Colombian government has the potential to end the hemisphere's longest-running armed conflict.
The talk is at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on the Caples Campus of New College, 5313 Bay Shore Road south of the Ringling Museum. Tickets can be reserved online at donate.ncf.edu/events or by calling 487-4888.
-- Herald staff reports