TBK8 principal Cindy Land

Like most schools, the Turner/Bartels K-8 (TBK8) School hasn’t had enough money available to just give teachers to use in their classrooms.

Until now.

On March 26, the newly opened Burlington store in the Cypress Creek Town Center on the north side of S.R. 56 said hello to the local community it hopes to serve by presenting TBK8 principal Cindy Land with a $10,000 check during a school pep rally as part of the AdoptAClassroom.org program.

AdoptAClassroom.org provides teachers with an online marketplace of nearly 30 school specialty and office supply vendors where they can purchase the materials and tools they need at a discount.

Burlington makes a donation to a local school in each Grand Opening market to celebrate a new store’s location.

“They had one stipulation and that was that the money gets to the kids and the teachers, and it will,” said Land. “There’s not many opportunities for them to have extra cash for their classroom and we want to make this available for everyone.”

Marcus Britt, an ESE Teacher at TBK8 the past five years, said he and most other teachers have had to dip into their own pockets at times to buy the supplies they need.

“Donations, like the one we received today, are incredibly valuable,” he said. “We’re very thankful.”

As for his portion of the $10,000, Britt says he doesn’t know exactly what he’ll buy for his classroom but can’t wait to find out.

“I still need to figure out how I’m going to spend my portion of the funding,” he said. “But no matter what, it will be well spent in a manner that directly affects the student experience.”

Land said it was the biggest donation the school, which opened in 2014, has ever received. Last year, the school received $1,000 from WFLA-TV Channel 8 for being picked as a School of The Week.

Wharton’s Tim Norwood and Rachel Welsh, 3rd place, Structural Design

TECH SAVVY STUDENTS: A number of students from Turner/Bartels K-8 School (TBK8) and Wharton High earned several awards from the Technology Student Association (TSA) statewide competition held in Orlando beginning in late February.

As in past years, the TBK8 team had a strong showing, taking second place in the state in the middle school division. Of the eight entries from Wharton that placed in the top ten in the high school division, one also made the top three.

Nathaniel Bostic and his wife Rebecca are co-advisors for TBK8’s chapter of TSA, which is a national organization made up of 250,000 middle and high school students in about 2,000 schools.

The Bostics say they will take 18 students to the TSA national competition, which will be held in June in Washington, D.C. They hope to be able to bring along the Wharton team, which is made up of a pair of the TBK8 TSA chapter’s alumni.

“It’s exciting for us to see our former students, now in ninth, tenth and eleventh grade,” says Nathaniel Bostic. “They’re coming back to work with our kids and mentor them, and also grow in their own projects.”

Find out more about the TSA chapter at TBK8 by visiting TBK8TSA.org.

Congratulations to the following students, all of whom placed in the top three in their respective categories:

TBK8 First-Place Finishers: Jake Dostal, Danielle Arrigio and Simon DuPriest for Bio Tech; Rajuta Kansara, Antra Sharma, Emily You and Sophie Tian for Children’s Stories; Riley Hall for Essays on Technology; Aubrey Glover, Sayeed Azam and Roman LaRock for Mechanical Engineering; Emily You and Sophie Tian, Technical Design.

TBK8 Second-Place Finishers: Aubrey Glover and Sayeed Azam for Challenging Technology Issues; Riley Hall and Ryan Hutchinson for Coding; Ashlynn Costello for Digital Photography; Alexis Cowles, Tyler McDowell, Abigail Welsh and Danielle Arrigio for Off the Grid.

TBK8 Third-Place Finishers: Ryan Hutchinson and Tyler Yee for Electrical Application; Sayeed Azam for Flight; 

Nyasa Kumar, Danielle Arrigio, Kiara Torres and Arnav A. for Inventions and Innovations; Riley Hall, Julan Carvajal, Alonzo Reroma and Pranav Magaluru for Website Design.

Wharton Third-Place Finishers: Tim Norwood and Rachel Welsh, 3rd place, Structural Design.

LIBERTY SHINES AT FBLA:Students from Liberty Middle School (see photo, above) were award winners at the 2019 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference, held in Orlando March 22-25. 

Congratulations to Shreya Gullapalli (1st place, Business Etiquette), Uma Panchal (2nd, Business Etiquette), Amulya Ravipati (5th, Business Etiquette), John Madadha (3rd, Business Math and Financial Literacy), Destiny Nieves and Tanvi Chetal (4th, Community Service), Sai Aashrith Kossireddy (3rd, Elevator Speech), Kenzo Cogswell (3rd, Introduction to Business Communication), Keerthi Penumuchu (2nd, Keyboarding), Sofia Murrin (3rd, Keyboarding), Yana Kumar (4th, Keyboarding), Pavan Moturi (3rd, Multimedia & Website Design), Dante Boin (3rd, Spreadsheet) and Olivia Kurtz (4th, Spreadsheet).

Shreya Gullapalli, the school’s first-place finisher in Business Etiquette, will be recognized for her achievement at the Hillsborough County Public Schools School Board meeting in May. All of the winners named are eligible to attend FBLA’s National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX, this summer.

“We are really proud of all of our chapter representatives, because from 24 competitors, 13 placed at the state level. One of our members placed first in Business Etiquette and she is eligible to attend nationals,” said Sofia Murrin, Chapter President, “and our entire chapter was inspired to continue with FBLA in high school and beyond.”

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., is the largest career student business organization in the world, with more than 230,000 members.

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