Florida’s first STEM Scouts Lab

The Boy Scouts of America has launched Florida’s first STEM Scouts Lab in Spring Hill for elementary-aged children.

STEM Scouts is a pilot program intended to introduce young people to science, technology, engineering, and math through experiential activities. The program couples “traditional scouting values” with experimentation and discovery, according to the Boy Scouts of America. 

Audubon, Challenger K-8 program insuring future pollination of native plants

Photography by Alice Mary Herden


We caught up with Hernando Audubon Society President Marcie Clutter.  Clutter and a group of volunteers which included members of the Hernando Native Plant Society, Hernando Master Gardeners, and the Hernando Audubon Society planted 8 cubic feet of native Florida plants during an Audubon Day event at Challenger K8. 

YMCA Before & After School Programs Receive Some 'Sunshine'

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Thanks to a grant from a major, locally based company, YMCA of the Suncoast--serving Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas and Citrus counties--will be able to spread more sunshine among area young people.

Beth Gettig, Vice President of Youth Development for the YMCA of the Suncoast, has seen far more than academic and enrichment activities take place in the agency’s before and after school programs. She sees magic.

The Hernando Sun Newspapers In Education Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the Hernando Sun's 2020-2021 Newspapers in Education Program.  According to the Florida Press Education Services, "Newspaper in Education, or NIE, is an international program that promotes literacy by using the newspaper as a teaching tool. Through NIE programs, teachers use newspapers, in both print and digital form, as a “living textbook” to teach subjects such as history, reading, math, economics and government at all grade levels."

Dr. Jill Biden Among PHSC Professional Presenters

Students at Pasco-Hernando State College recently enjoyed a virtual presentation from a seasoned educator of more than three decades; a veteran community college educator who holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware and two Master's Degrees. Oh, and aside from teacher, this presenter has earned a second valued title throughout her diverse career: Second Lady of the United States.