Students asked to paint weather


Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 21, 2008 at 10:45 p.m.

Florida elementary students are being encouraged to paint some scary pictures.

In promotion of hazardous weather awareness week, several state agencies are asking fourth- and fifth-graders to make posters illustrating hurricanes, floods, wildfires and thunderstorms.

Winners of the statewide poster contest will have their artwork displayed at the State Capitol complex in the Historic Old Capitol Building during the first full week of February. Prizes will include cash awards and weather radios.

The poster contest, sponsored by the American Red Cross and several other agencies, is part of an annual public awareness campaign targeting middle school classrooms.

Posters must be postmarked on or before Jan. 28 and must arrive at the American Red Cross no later than Jan. 30. Send posters to 187 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, Fla., 32301. Winners will be notified by phone.

For more information and a complete list of contest rules and requirements, please visit: http://redcross.tallytown.com/hwaw.html or www.Florida Disaster.org, or contact Chris Floyd at (850) 878-6080.

Education endowment: Middle school reform will get a boost thanks to the generosity of two Gainesville residents.

Fred Shewey and his late wife, Christine Shewey, donated $600,000 to form an endowment in UF's College of Education that will support new research programs aimed at middle school reform and enhancement.

The gift is eligible to receive matching state funds that could raise its total value to $1 million.

Fred Shewey said the donation, which he planned with his wife before her death in October, was made as a tribute to their daughter-in-law, Kathy Shewey, a longtime Alachua County educator who is married to their son, Robert Shewey.

Kathy Shewey is supervisor of staff development for Alachua County public schools. She has taught in Alachua County for more than 37 years, instructing children at Kanapaha Middle School and Lincoln Middle School in Gainesville, Spring Hill Middle School in High Springs and Santa Fe High School in Alachua.

Fred Shewey, who owned several construction and coal companies in his West Virginia home state before retiring to Gainesville, was on the school board of Mingo County, W. Va., for 18 years.

Quote of note: "Do you anticipate any turf wars?"

So asked Tim Davis, a UF Faculty Senate member who works in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering. The Senate voted to change the name of a degree from "Turfgrass Science" to "Golf and Sports Turf Management."

The measure passed without opposition.

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