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Manatee Schools News Shorts Dec. 7
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Manatee Schools News Shorts Dec. 7

Bradenton, Florida -- The Manatee County School District released the following news shorts on Dec. 7.

BRADEN RIVER HIGH MARCHING BAND OF PIRATES EARNS TITLE OF ‘3A STATE CHAMPS’

The Braden River High School Marching Band of Pirates earned the title of Class 3A State Champions by taking First Place at the State Finals competition held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The State Championship capped an amazing year for the Marching Band of Pirates who earned a number of top finishes at other band competitions throughout the fall. In 2007, the Marching Band of Pirates consisted of 47 students and finished 21st in the state. This year’s State Champions had 112 students involved. 

DISTRICT TSA CHAPTERS HOST HOLIDAY PARTY FOR AREA FOSTER FAMILIES

More than 45 Foster Care Families and more than 140 children in Foster Care was treated to a special celebration when Haile Middle School hosted the Manatee County School District’s 3rd Annual Technology Student Association’s Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 7. Student and faculty volunteers representing TSA Chapters from Haile, Nolan, Johnson, Sugg, Harllee, Buffalo Creek, and King middle schools, as well as Lakewood Ranch, Southeast and Bayshore high schools provided technology-related activities and gifts for the children and families attending the event. 

‘FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY’ A HOLIDAY TREAT AT ORANGE RIDGE-BULLOCK ELEMENTARY

Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary will hold a “Free Book Giveaway” for students on Monday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. The books were made available through the Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club, which donated $1,000 to Orange Ridge-Bullock to buy high interest books for students. Rotary Club members will be on hand at the school on the morning of Dec. 17 to help hand out the books to students. For more information, contact Principal Doug DuPouy at 741-3325.

MILLS STUDENTS WRITING TO SANTA TO HELP OTHER KIDS THROUGH ‘MAKE-A-WISH’

Students at Mills Elementary School are writing letters to Santa to help make wishes come true for children that are ill. It’s part of the Macy’s “Believe” campaign that funnels funds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For every letter sent to Santa, Macy’s donates $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. On Friday, Dec. 14, Make-A-Wish representatives will visit the school to pick up the letters written by students. That day is National Believe Day, and on that day, $2 will be donated to Make-A-Wish for every letter collected. Mills students hope to donate over $2,000. For more information, contact Mills Principal Mike Rio at 721-2140.

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