- Sy O'Neill Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
FOREST PARK ELEMENTARY
Through the sponsorship of Earl Abramson and Sheila Schlaggar, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Carson Scholars Fund has opened a Ben Carson Reading Room at the school. The purpose of the Ben Carson Reading Project is to create a literacy-enriched environment for children to enhance their reading skills. This is the 16th reading room to open in Palm Beach County
SANDPIPER SHORES ELEMENTARY
The school was recently designated as a Florida Power Library School, acknowledging the excellence of its library media program. Sandpiper Shores is one of seven schools in the state to obtain the recognition, and the only one in Palm Beach County. The award is sponsored by the Florida Association of Supervisors of Media and the Florida Department of Education.
WEST BOCA RATON HIGH
The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Larry Shane, has been invited to perform at the 27th annual Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis in March. One of only 26 high school bands from across the nation selected to perform at the festival, the ensemble will perform in concert, be evaluated by renowned music educators and participate in master classes and special events.
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 on Feb. 17, the first day of Artigras. All finalists will have their works on display at the festival. Students and teachers can email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.