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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Friday, March 06, 2015

New Westchasers, March 2014

Elise Marie Longnecker

Carmen and Carl Longnecker of The Shires welcomed Elise Marie Longnecker on January 15 at 7:17 p.m. Elise Marie weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18 inches. She was greeted home by big brother, Nathan, 3, and big sister, Anna, 21 months.

Wizards Jump Rope for Heart

Wizards jump for hearts this month! Instead of the usual flowers and candy hearts that dominate this month’s festivities, Westchase Elementary’s Wizards will be focused on healthy hearts and school spirit!

Lowry Can Tab Drive to Make a Difference

Lowry Leopards are in their third year of collecting aluminum can tabs to donate to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners is a health-care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to providing care, research and programs to children up to the age of 18. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

Davidsen Mourns School Nurse Karol Wilkerson

Davidsen Media Specialist Merle Supple recently took Sarah Frank, Leisha Fuster, and Natalia Troupethree to the Hillsborough County All Middle School “Poetry Jam” Day.

This month we open with a moment paying tribute to Davidsen’s school nurse, Karol Wilkerson, who passed away suddenly on Jan. 14. The loss came as quite a blow to staff and students alike. “Karol prided herself on taking care of our kids. She was a vocal presence when it came to the health and well-being of our students and she will be sadly missed,” Principal Brent McBrien said.

Keystone Little League President Looking Forward to Feb. 20 Celebration

On Feb. 20 Keystone Little League’s baseball and softball competition will kick off when the league celebrates its 15th anniversary. The celebration will be held Opening Night at Ed Radice Park from 7 to 9 p.m. It promises to be fun for the entire family. The activities include bounce houses, face-painters, food, games, the introduction of players and coaches, plus an array of special guests and entertainers.

Troop 806 Girl Scouts Visit Aston Gardens

Girl Scout Troop 806 members who visited Aston Gardens included (standing) Natalia Milanes, Sadie Campbell, Jillian Stafford, Casey Ingram, Brooke Williams and (sitting) Kenzie McMurray and Ann Bordin.

December brought Christmas cheer to the residents at Aston Gardens. Over the holidays Junior Girl Scout Troop 806 volunteered at Aston Gardens. The girls brought the seniors living there Christmas treats. They also enjoyed playing Bingo with the residents as well as caroling and painting their nails.

Boy Scout Troop 46 Enjoys January Campouts

Another year has passed in Scouting for Troop 46! When the the Boy Scouts returned from a two week-long break, they kicked off a very busy month.

Raven Softballers Set Lofty Goals

Senior Megan Wetzel and Sophomore Amanda Wetzel, sisters who are Westchase residents, are expected to fill key roles as outfielders for Alonso’s softball team.

The Alonso High School softball team is intent on moving forward instead of looking back. But who can blame the veteran Ravens for wondering what might have been?

New Westchasers, September 2014

Brendan Richard Gorecki

Brie and Mike Gorecki of Stockbridge welcomed Brendan Richard on June 23 at 3:19 p.m. Brendan Richard weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21.75 inches. He is their first.

New Westchasers, December 2013

Mia Keely Schoenfeld

Alyson and Jeremy Schoenfeld of Stockbridge welcomed Mia Keely on September 16 at 9:19 p.m. Mia Keely weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches. She is their first.

Westchase School Supply Drive for Just Elementary Organized

Sophie Moss and Publix Manager Dan Damron prepare for Moss’ school supply drive.

Life is good, but not for everyone.Imagine getting to school ready to learn, but not being able to because you have nothing to write with and nothing to write on. Now imagine working so hard at school, and then losing all of your homework and projects because you have no binder or folder in which to carry everything.

Pack 46 Holds Sweet Bake Off

The cake bake off challenged the kids to use their imagination. For the event the Pack 46 Cub Scouts had to come up with ideas to fit the Scout, animal, holiday, sports, movie/TV or cupcake categories – and the scouts came through! Their designs also proved that Scout skills extend to the kitchen.

Casino Night Proves a Successful Fund-Raiser

If you missed it, February’s Casino Night to Remember was a blast! The Westchase Elementary Ways and Means Committee would like to thank the families, teachers and staff for their support in a very successful fourth Casino Night to Remember on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Bayanihan Arts and Event Center. The event raised money to enhance computer technology at Westchase Elementary.

New Westchasers, March 2012

Jack Richard Tamulski

Andrea and Dave Digdo of Castleford welcomed Anna Noelle on December 28 at 3:52 a.m. Anna Noelle weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches. She was welcomed home by big brother Luke, 5, and big sister Grace, 3.

Football Success Triggers Surge in Alonso School Spirit

Alonso High School football players wear navy blue polo shirts to school on game days as a display of their team unity.

Before the summer break, the lasting memory for Alonso High School’s year was its baseball team capturing a Class 6A state championship. Two months into a new school year, Alonso’s football team tied a program record by starting 5-0.

Short in Stature, Alonso Hoopsters Grow in Respectability

Alonso junior Greg Robinson, Coach Todd Price and Malachi Christopher are hoping to build upon Alonso High School

When Alonso High School boys basketball coach Todd Price sees kids waiting for space on pick-up courts in the Westchase area, he gets encouraged. When Price notices heavy enrollment for youth basketball leagues at the YMCA, he smiles. Heck, if Price spots a young boy dribbling a basketball in the driveway, that’s a positive.

Davidsen Dragons Discover Newly Painted School

September brings cooler weather and the first full month of school. With summer now a memory, the students are focusing on new classes and teachers. The newly painted hallways of Davidsen are busy with the sounds of students shuffling through textbooks and scurrying to classrooms before the bell rings.

Cub Scouts Mark Year’s End with Xtreme Fun

After a year of hit or miss temperatures and precipitation, weather was finally of no concern for the Cub Scouts of Westchase Pack 46. When the Scouts celebrated their end-of-year party at Xtreme Fun Center, all the activities took place inside! The Scouts had a wide range of fun activities to choose from, including baseball hitting ranges, video games and, of course, laser tag!