- Sy O'Neill Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The school recently welcomed the Dream Garden to its campus, provided by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, which partners with both public and private entities to adopt environmentally conscious programs and practices. Jeannine Rizzo, who works with the Wellness Initiative, part of the Department of Food Services for the school district, was a central figure in bringing this donation to Omni through the “Garden of Dreams” contest. The garden was designed and installed in collaboration with Jeff Nurge of Florida Native Gardening and Janine Griffiths of Green Thumb Inc.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in the Hanley Foundation ArtiGras Youth Art Competition. Students can submit their artwork through their school’s art teacher until 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Entries will be narrowed down to 77 finalists, and the winners will be announced at noon Feb. 17, the first day of Artigras. All finalists will have their works of art on display at the festival. Students and teachers can email email@example.com or call 561-746-7111 for more information.
Applications are being accepted for the more than 300 Choice Programs and Career Academies at 117 district schools. Parents can complete the online application at www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms, or may download a hard copy in English, Creole, Portuguese or Spanish at www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/application/. The original application must be mailed or delivered to the Department of Choice and Career Options with a postmark no later than Jan. 26 for most Choice programs.
Performing arts programs, which require an audition score in addition to the eligibility criteria and have a Dec. 1 deadline application date, are: Bak Middle School of the Arts; The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach, Music-Band, Music-Orchestral Strings and Music-Vocal for grades six to eight; Boynton Beach High Arts Program; and Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts.
The Choice and Career Academy lottery will be held the week of March 6, and applicants will receive the status of their application on March 31.