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Please forward to the rest of your board. Thank you!
Your monthly HCC PTA/PTSA
news & updates
Please join Florida PTA & Hillsborough County Council PTA as we remember and honor the victims of the tragic shooting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Please bring a flashlight or cell phone, no open flames are permitted in the park.
Contact vpareas@hccptaptsa.org with any questions.
Founders Day, Day of Service
Volunteer at OASIS on Feb 22! 
New Tampa - Tampa Palms Elementary 
South Tampa - Manhattan Center 
Seffner - Lopez Elementary 
Sign up at  https://goo.gl/jh2WM9

Giving Drive Update, schools will participate in the first annual Founders Day cup challenge by collecting gently used summer shirts, shorts, or jeans in youth sizes 4-18 by "the bag full contest". Your "bag" should be similar to a plastic grocery bag. This will be collected by individual schools and delivered to one of the above 3 locations on February 22nd between 9:30 am - Noon! The number of bags will be counted, the school with the most bags wins this years Founders Day Cup & bragging rights for the next year!

OASIS Network is a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization, serving underprivileged students in Hillsborough County. We provide clothing, shoes, hygiene items and other basic necessities to students in need of assistance. 
Learn more at   www.oasis-network.org
Awards
The Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA knows every local unit works very hard to focus on the Purposes of PTA. We want to recognize the individuals and units who further the mission and purposes of the PTA through your work planning events and programs that are meaningful to your members and your community. Applying for our many awards allows local units an opportunity to showcase their efforts and share successful program. Deadline to apply is February 28th.

LAST CALL!!!
The deadline for PTSA Scholarships is March 1!!!!
If you know a senior graduating from a Hillsborough County High School, then suggest they apply.
Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA offers
SCHOLARSHIPS to students based on a combination of merit and financial need. Award amounts are one $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships. Application requirements consist of an essay, student and family information, description of activities and accomplishments, financial information (including tax return), transcripts, SAT/ACT score reports and letters of recommendation. Also, the student must be a member of their school's PTSA. Applications are available online at http://hccptaptsa.org/scholarships
and are due Thursday, March 1, 2018. Awards will be presented at the HCC PTA/PTSA awards banquet April 12, 2018.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor, Matt Damon, “Backpack Full of Cash” explores the real cost of privatizing America's public schools. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, the documentary takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education “reform” where public education – starved of resources – hangs in the balance.

The screening will be held at Tampa Theatre (711 N Franklin Street, Tampa) on Monday, February 26, 2018. Doors open for film guests at 5:45 PM, the program begins at 6:30. Immediately afterwards there will be a brief Q&A session that will conclude at 9:00 PM. This event is FREE and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:45pm. 
Please click here for the minutes from our February 15th meeting.
Please note that these minutes will be approved at the next General Meeting on April 28, 2018.
Attention Local Units!!!
Hillsborough County Council is looking for local units to build baskets for the FL PTA Scholarship Fund raffle at Innisbrook. If this sounds more like a fit for your local unit, email Jessica at vpleadership@hccptaptsa.org
Spring Training & Vendor Fair
Whether you are a new or returning officer or just thinking about becoming an officer at your local PTA/PTSA unit this training is for you! FREE training, FREE giveaways, and FREE lunch! There’s a class for everyone from Presidents to Social Media to Advocacy. Take a walk around our vendor fair and prepare for the next school year with fundraisers, programs, and spirit wear! General meeting to follow during lunch.
R.S.V.P. to VPLeadership@hccptaptsa.org

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