Manatee County elementary students plan MLK trips

Manatee elementary students plan MLK trips

MANATEE -- Students from Daughtrey and Orange Ridge-Bullock elementary schools will travel to Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

On Friday, 24 students from Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School and chaperones will leave to visit the MLK Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta.

This will be the school's second year of visiting the MLK Jr. Center. While in Atlanta, the Orange Ridge-Bullock students will visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Museum, his birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church where he served as a pastor and his final resting place.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, 14 Daughtrey Elementary students and chaperones depart from the school to travel to Birmingham to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the 16th Street Baptist Church, site of the 1963 bombing that killed four girls.

The purpose of the trip, funded through grants from the State College of Florida and other donations, is to learn how to put MLK's ideals into practice.

Clint Hurdle to speak at BCS Make A Difference gala

BRADENTON -- Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle will be the speaker of the Make A Difference Gala held by the Bradenton Christian School at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 in Wichers Auditorium. Event information and ticket purchase are available

Most know Hurdle for his playing career and managerial stints, including being named 2013 National League Manager of the Year and leading the Colorado Rockies to the World Series in 2007.

Proceeds support Christian education. Contact Heidi Sikkema, director of development, at or 941-792-5454, Ext. 160.

Advanced middle-school scholarships offered

MANATEE -- The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and edX announced a scholarship challenge for advanced middle-school students Thursday.

Every eligible seventh-grader who completes one of the five edX courses will secure a semifinalist position in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program.

The selective pre-college scholarship is for high-performing middle-school students with financial need. It includes individualized academic advising, financial support, and a pathway to the foundation's $40,000 per year college scholarship.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program receives up to 2,000 applications each year. Typically, 500 applicants become semifinalists.

Registration for the edX courses is open and selected courses begin as soon as Jan. 20, 2015. Applications to the Young Scholars Program must be submitted by April 14.


-- Herald staff reports