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At six Pinellas schools, food and education go hand in hand

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A seven-year-old project seeks to combine education while helping kids from low-income families get fresh foods. The Edible Peace Patch builds educational gardens in Title I elementary schools in Pinellas County, particularly in areas that are “food deserts,” meaning they do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables within a 2-mile radius. Title I school are those with a large population of low-income students. The first garden was built in 2009 at Lakewood Elementary School in St. Petersburg. Since…

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If Lewis Stephens’ City Council hopes die, he’ll keep other options open

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With sweat dripping down his temples and rolling down to his red and white polkadot bowtie, St. Pete City Council candidate Lewis Stephens was the picture of hope and optimism Tuesday morning waiting to greet voters at the Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center, formerly Wildwood. Nevermind the heat, Stephens donned a dapper cream colored suit with the bowtie serving as the cherry on top making him look friendly and approachable. Neighborhood residents showed up periodically, basketballs in hand, and each…

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Dad blogger argues ‘Failure Factories’ isn’t as bad as the Tampa Bay Times made out

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Most of us were disgusted over the weekend when we read the Tampa Bay Times investigative analysis “Failure Factories,” which showed five Pinellas County schools were grossly failing to educate its students. Those five schools — Melrose, Campbell Park, Lakewood, Maximo and Fairmount Park – went from being considered average just eight years ago to being in the bottom tier of Florida public schools. Melrose Elementary is ranked the worst elementary school in the state, with Fairmount Park right behind…

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