Polk County Utilities has released its 2013 Water Conservation Calendar, filled with the artwork of Polk County students and two students from Bartow made the cut.
Those two students were Bartow Elementary School kindergartener Jasmine Perry and Spessard Holland Elementary first grader Kasey Miller.
“We feel it’s important to excite and educate students about water conservation,” said Environmental Specialist Jacqueline Hollister. “The artwork these students have contributed to the calendar does a really great job of showing that they are becoming good stewards of our water.”
People can pick up their free calendar at Utilities Administration, 1011 Jim Keene Blvd., Winter Haven, or by calling 863-298-4100.
BHS grad finishes
Army Pfc. Luis I. Murillo has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Murillo is the son of Manuel Murillo of South Fairview Avenue, Bartow, and brother of Irma Murillo of Pinellas Park. He is a 2007 graduate of Bartow High School. He received an associate degree from Florida International University, Miami.
Students to be honored
The Winter Haven Optimist Club has its 26 Annual Student Appreciation Day on Nov. 8 where more than 70 elementary schools in the county will have students recognized for good deeds.
It will take place at 11 a.m. in the City of Winter Haven Chain O’Lakes Gymnasium.
During the past 25 years, the Optimists have honored more than 4,000 students from throughout Polk County at this event.
This year, guest speakers are George Tinsley Sr., president of Tinsley Family Concessions Inc., and Ernest Joe, Senior Director of Diversity Management for Polk County Schools.
Early release Wednesday
Students in Polk County Public Schools will be released one hour early on Wednesday.
Students will arrive at bus stops an hour earlier than usual and car riders will also be ready for pickup an hour earlier from their schools.
Teachers use this valuable time for planning and professional development, the school district reports.
Christine Roslow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.