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Libraries shake things up with 3D imaging, innovative programs for all ages, abilities

If it's been a while since you've visited your local library, you may be pleasantly surprised to find a whole lot more than books. Think maker spaces and tech hubs as seen in Clearwater and throughout the Tampa Bay Area.

Curtis, Kimberly and Caleb Darby are graduates of the Family Promise of Pinellas County program.

For Good: Family Promise works with interfaith congregations to help homeless families

Fourteen host congregations set up make-shift living quarters for homeless families inside their houses of worship. Volunteers take turns supplying the guests three meals a day, as well as helping in whatever ways are needed, including taking kids to school, donating personal and household items, or offering social and emotional support. 

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Pik My Kid: Local startup streamlines school dismissal process

Frustrated by your child's after-school car line? There's an app for that. Bay Area startup PikMyKid is digitizing and streamlining the school dismissal process.

Ansberto Vallejo speaks at the Not Your Average Speakers event in Wimauma.

Seeking a united front in Wimauma: Not Your Average Speakers On The Ground in Wimauma

Not Your Average Speakers: Political clout, unity, education and job training are key to shaping the future for Wimauma residents, a diverse mix of immigrants, Hispanics, blacks and whites, as development encroaches on the rural community in South Hillsborough County..

Julia Sarmiento speaks at the Not Your Average Speakers event in Wimauma.

Buscando un frente unido en Wimauma: Voces Excepcionales On The Ground en Wimauma

Voces Excepcionales: Influencia política, unidad, educación y capacitación para el trabajo son clave para forjar el futuro de los residentes de Wimauma, una mezcla de inmigrantes, hispanos, negros y blancos, mientras el desarrollo alcanza a la comunidad rural enclavada en el sur del Condado de Hillsborough.

Student built robots face-off at the start of a match.

Founder voices: Terri Willingham of The Eureka! Factory, Roboticon, Gulf Coast Makercon

Drone races, creating robots, developing games, etc. Learn how The Eureka Factory is churning out new and innovative activities to get kids engaged in technology, math and science. 

Maestra dedica su vida a inspirar niños y adultos en Wimauma

Maestra jubilada Margaret Claritt todavía vive, enseña y es voluntaria en Wimauma porque esa comunidad rural en el sur del Condado de Hillsborough sigue enfrentando grandes desafíos y para encontrar respuestas se requiere dedicación y perseverancia personal.

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Wimauma kids create artsy cards for holiday season

The specially designed holiday cards are sold in 10-unit packages, which allows the buyer to pick an individual design for all of them, or pick a different design for each of them.

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Niños de Wimauma crean artísticas tarjetas navideñas

Las tarjetas de Navidad especialmente diseñadas se venden en paquetes de 10 unidades, y el comprador tiene la opción de seleccionar un solo diseño para todas las tarjetas, o elegir un diseño diferente para cada una de ellas.

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Wimauma students on a path to college education

Students from Wimauma and other lower-income neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area participate in classes at Berkeley Prep that are designed to prepare them to pursue higher education.

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Estudiantes de Wimauma en camino a la educación universitaria

Estudiantes de Wimauma y otras áreas de bajos ingresos en la bahía de Tampa participan en clases del programa Berkeley Academy diseñadas con la intención de prepararlos para la educación superior.

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For Good: Social enterprise ventures help local nonprofits prosper, serve more people

Tampa Bay Area nonprofits can compete for prize money to start and sustain new for-profit businesses that can financially support the nonprofits’ missions.

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Imparten clases de cocina para mejorar la nutrición de habitantes de Wimauma

Con educación nutricional y clases de cocina, Hispanic Service Council busca romper esquemas alimenticios para que las familias de Wimauma coman rico y sano y para combatir la obesidad y la diabetes.

Reyna Barragan eats and feeds her family healthy food options.

Free cooking classes help Wimauma residents shop, eat, live better

In Wimauma, the Hispanic Services Council offers cooking classes that can improve nutrition and encourage better eating habits. The goal is to fight obesity and prevent diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Delia Garcia, senior liaison, National Education Association, speaks at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics event at H.C.C. in Ruskin.

Migrant families face familiar hardships in schools

A national White House initiative arrives in Hillsborough County to learn more about the special challenges migrant families face in trying to access education for their children.
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