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Amy Hammond

Amy Hammond is a freelance writer and author of children’s books that encourage the next generation to attend college. When not indoctrinating youth about the necessity of higher education, she enjoys exploring the paradise that is her St. Petersburg home. She holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Masters in Secondary English Education from the University of South Florida. Her work has appeared in such venues as the Tampa Bay Times. Children’s Book Titles by Amy Hammond include: When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Gator; When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a ‘Nole; When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Bull; When I Grow Up, I’m Bama Bound; When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Tiger.

Features

Lauren, Hudson, and Bryan Durkin pick up a popsicle at Duckweed Urban Market in downtown Tampa.

Downtown Dwellers: Raising urban kids in Tampa

For Downtown Tampa families with young children, the neighborhood isn’t an urban jungle. It’s an urban jungle gym.

Color St. Pete at the Arts Conservatory for Teens to encourage local and global unity.

For Good: Arts Conservatory for Teens changes lives forever

If all the world’s a stage, the nonprofit Arts Conservatory for Teens prepares St. Petersburg youth to take it by storm.

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For Good: Officer Friendly volunteers read to tots, improving early literacy

Officer Friendly, volunteers from Pinellas County law enforcement agencies, including the Clearwater Police Department, tackles literacy issues among young children while conveying respect for adults and the helpful role of police officers.

Beth Ross is Executive Director at Blanket Tampa Bay.

How to end homelessness? Tampa Bay area nonprofits bring fresh, new approaches

From developing urban rest stops and locations for people to fill water bottles to expanding mental health programming, local charities are focused on solutions to end homelessness.

Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick debuts LEGO masterpieces in Tampa Bay Area

The Art of the Brick family-friendly exhibit arrives in Tampa thanks to the Vinik Family Foundation, which is offering free admission to all.
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