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February 14, 2006
Jennifer Fennell or
Just Read, Florida! Celebrates Hazardous Weather Awareness Week
LAKELAND In recognition of Hazardous Weather Awareness Week, state and local officials tomorrow will read to students in grades Pre-K through three at Southwest Elementary School in Lakeland.
The schedule for tomorrow's event includes:
8:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Command/Emergency Vehicle Tours
8:35 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
9:10 - 9:30 a.m.
1:00 - 1:20 p.m.
Region 4 and 5 Essay Contest winners will be recognized
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
State and local officials reading to students will be:
- Representative John Stargel
- Mayor Buddy Fletcher, City of Lakeland
- Larry Riles, Lakeland City Fire Marshall
- James Verplanck, Lakeland City Commissioner
- Mike Mohler, Lakeland Fire Chief
- Bill Lepere, Lakeland Assistant Chief of Police
- Dr. Samuel Bennett, 2006 Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year
- Ben Nelson, State Meteorologist
- Frank O'Reilly, Polk County School Board
- Karen Creighton, American Red Cross
- Corporal Janice Drake, Florida Highway Patrol
- Karen Brown, Daniel Noah, and Charlie Paxton, Tampa Bay National Weather Service
- Steve Jerve, WFLA TV News Meteorologist
- Cheryl Edwards, Lakeland Fire Department
Other local officials attending include:
- Dr. Gail McKinzie, Superintendent, Polk County Schools
- R. Howard Wiggs, Lakeland City Commission
- Michael Bastian, Region 4 Essay Contest winner (Lakeland High School)
- Emily Plaggemars, Region 5 Essay Contest winner (Lake Mary High School) and mother Barbara Plaggemars
- Mark Thomas, Principal and Conni Shelnut, teacher, Lakeland High School (Region 4)
- Margaret Anne Wheeler, Polk County Schools Coordinator of Community Involvement
- Katie-Jane Shytle, Polk County School Board
- Larry Coggins, Florida Highway Patrol
The event will take place from:
8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Southwest Elementary School
2650 Southwest Avenue