Hillsborough County High Schoolers-$1,000 Video Contest

Student video journalists can win up to $1,000 for promoting the importance of protecting our drinking water resources and the Hillsborough River watershed. The 2010 “Water Stewardship” Student Video PSA Contest, sponsored by the City of Tampa Water Department, Hillsborough County Water Resource Services, and the Hillsborough River Watershed Alliance, opens today.

The contest is open to Hillsborough County high school students (grades 9 – 12) creating original Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos. Videos should raise the viewer’s awareness by explaining how water is used, the importance of conservation, the dangers of overuse, or exploring sustainable programs which will continue to protect the Hillsborough River watershed and local water resources.

Students can submit entries in one of two categories: a 60 seconds or less in length short-form and a 10 minutes or less in length long-form. One entry will receive a $1,000 grand prize. Submissions must be postmarked by midnight, March 26, 2010.

Entries will be judged more heavily on creativity, content, and persuasiveness than technical attributes. In addition to monetary prizes, the winners and a select number of entries may be chosen to appear during a 30-minute television program about local water issues and the PSA contest.

Contest rules, guidelines, technical criteria, and submission forms are available online at For questions concerning contest criteria, please contact Andrea Roshaven with the City of Tampa Water Department at (813) 274-5912 or .

This is great opportunity for teens to get creative and use all the electronic equipment that they have available. Rather than just creating a video to post on YouTube, kids can create a video that has a great message and that earn them $1,000. If you are a Hillsborough County high schooler or know a Hillsborough County high schooler do not miss this opportunity. Not only is the prize money a great bonus, iIf you are the winner it will be great to add that accolade to your resume or college application.

Discounts and Specials During Borders Bookstores Educator Appreciation Week

During this special week, Borders will honor current and retired teachers, librarians, licensed homeschoolers, school administrators and daycare facilitators with 30% off the list price of nearly everything in stores including books, teaching resources and materials, music, movies, educational toys and games, gifts and stationery and even Seattle’s Best Coffee cafe products. To take advantage of the 30% discount, educators need only present proof of educators status, which can be a paystub or an identification card with a current date. (Homeschoolers must present their homeschool certification.) Borders recently increased its everyday classroom discount to 25% off classroom purchases, but the special 30% discount during Educator Appreciation Week can be applied toward classroom purchases as well as items for personal enjoyment.

Teacher appreciation week is from September 29, 2009 to October 7,2009. Borders will kickoff Educator’s Appreciation Week with a “Teacher’s Town Hall” that will hosted at local Borders locations across the country. More information about Borders specials for educators can be found at:

MOSI 2009 Homeschool Day

MOSI is having their annual Homeschool Educators Open House on August 25, 2009. Admission is free and home educators get the opportunity to see what things are available for homeschool students. MOSI does have monthly science classes throughout the year. They also host an annual homeschool science fair and have a science fair workshop that helps prepare students for the fair.

During the Homeschool Educators Open House you can receive a 20% discount on your MOSI membership.

Homeschool Program at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

October 19,.2009 Busch Gardens is having a homeschool educational program. This does not include to the general park and rides. It will be from 9:45 am to 2 p.m. and $15 per student.

Their day will be full of animal interactions, including a special Wildlife Theater Presentation, a guided walking tour of select animal habitats and an educational train expedition, all led by a Busch Gardens educator.

More About the Busch Garden Homeschool Program

Disney Homeschool Days Started Today

Event Information

Disney Homeschool Days invites your homeschoolers to go behind-the-scenes and explore the inspiration behind the movies. Join us this winter, January 12th and/or 13th, to experience the wonder, adventure and fun as Disney Homeschool Days takes you through the Journey into Narnia at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ at Walt Disney World® Resort with special guest speaker and performing artist Vicky Beeching. You will travel through the portal and see what rich enchantment the Disney Imagineers have created, working side-by-side with the filmmakers themselves to produce this extraordinary three-dimensional extension of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. You and your family will have a chance to meet Prince Caspian and take home with you the living memory of Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian Attraction now forever etched in your own adventurous mind!

Each family will receive a Narnia Gift Bag* which will include:

  • Music Inspired by The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Narina CD
  • Rolled Prince Caspian Mini Poster
  • Prince Caspian Poster
  • Prince Caspian Trading Card Sets
  • Prince Caspian Bookmarks
  • And much much more!

This is a little last minute information, but if you have time you can drive on over to Orlando tomorrow and be a part of the last day of the event.


September 29, 2008 Last Day For K-12 Teachers and Home Educators to Get Free Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks has been having a month long celebration called “Great Start for Great Teachers” During the month of September Starbuck has been giving away a 12 oz. cup of Pike Place Roast to a K-12 teachers every Monday. During the last Monday (September 29, 2008) of the promotion Home Educators are included and they too can receive the free cup of coffee. Proof of being a home educator must be presented.

Form of Home Educator Identification:

  • Home School Legal Defense Association membership card.
  • Membership card from a state homeschooling organization.
  • Notification from a school district or state government recognizing compliance with compulsory attendance.
  • Paperwork submitted showing intent to establish a homeschool program.
  • Paperwork showing the establishment of a private school.


Starbuck “Great Start For Great Teachers”

Home Educators Free Coffee From Starbucks

September 13, 2007- Free Admission to the Florida Aquarium’s Homeschool Day

Florida Aquarium’s Homeschool Day will give homeschool families an opportunity to explore the Florida Aquarium and the homeschool programs it provides throughout the year. Admission to the aquarium will be completely free for the Homeschool Day. You must have proof that you are a homeschooling family to get the free admission. Homeschool programs are offered for kids 3-19 throughout the year. Each class has a fee, but the Florida Aquarium does give a discount to its members.

When: August 13, 2007, 10am-3pm

Where: Florida Aquarium
    701 Channelside Drive Tampa, Florida 33602

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More information about the Florida Aquarium’s Homeschool Day

Homeschooler wins 2007 National Spelling Bee

13 year-old Evan O’Dorney became the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. Evan is a homeschooler from California. According to the Scripps web site, Evan likes to eat fish before his spelling bee competitions. This is Evan’s third time to the National Spelling Bee Competition.

“Cash prizes for competitors range from $50 to $20,000 for the national champion. All spellers receive a commemorative watch; the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, which consists of a $100 EE U.S. Savings bond; Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, on CD-ROM from Merriam-Webster; a $20 gift certificate from Franklin Electronic Publishers; and an iQuest handheld from LeapFrog.

The national champion also receives an engraved loving cup, a $5,000 cash award from Franklin Electronic Publishers, a $5,000 cash award from LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., a $5,000 scholarship from Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation; from Merriam-Webster, a $2,500 U.S. Savings Bond, a reference library, and a $5,000 cash award and 50 reference works to the school or library of the champion’s choice; and from Encyclopedia Britannica, reference materials valued at more than $3,800.”

If you have a little one that dreams of becoming a spelling bee champ there are resources at to help.