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First Day of School Visits

August 09, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (August 9, 2017) – Superintendent Jeff Eakins, School Board Chair Cindy Stuart and Chief of Staff Dr. Alberto Vazquez will spend the first day of school welcoming back students and staff as they visit several school sites. 

The first day of classes in Hillsborough County Public Schools is Thursday, August 10. 

Please see the list below of the locations and approximate times they will be at each school visiting with administrators, teachers, staff and students.

· 7:00 a.m. - Lennard High
· 7:40 a.m. - South County Career Center
· 8:25 a.m. - Corr Elementary
· 9:00 a.m. - Dawson Elementary
· 9:50 a.m. - Nelson Elementary
· 10:30 a.m. - Colson Elementary
· 11:15 a.m. - Thonotosassa Elementary

In addition, we have some great story ideas for the first day. We can reach out to the schools to set up early morning live shots if you contact the Communications Office by 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 9.

East Bay High School (Gibsonton) has 12 current teachers who are East Bay graduates. The alumni say they want to give back to the school that helped shape their lives and positively impact students’ futures. The school also opens up their new wing this year, adding 20 new classrooms.

Dawson Elementary School (Riverview) is the district’s only new school this year. The nearly 100,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art school will relieve nearby Boyette Springs, Collins, Sessums, Stowers, and Summerfield Elementary Schools. The school is named after Warren Hope Dawson, a practicing Tampa attorney and civil rights leader who worked for decades to desegregate schools in Tampa, will be on hand to welcome students on the first day of school.

Limona Elementary (Brandon) is starting a new theme this year, G.A.M.E on! (Growth And Mindset Equal Success). As part of the theme, this summer the staff has been busy painting walkways with different colors symbolizing Florida colleges (USF=green, UF=blue, FSU= burgundy, FAMU=green/orange, etc). The goal is to give students a sense of pride, purpose and perseverance. They will learn about the importance of working hard towards college and that it's never too early to focus on that path.

To set up a live interview with Superintendent Eakins, Board Chair Cindy Stuart or Chief of Staff Dr. Vazquez, or to set up a story at one of our schools, please contact Tanya Arja in the Communications Office at (813) 272-4602.

School Board Members are also scheduling visits to schools in their area. For more information, please call Tanya Arja.


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