BPS News in a Minute

November 2, 2012


During the holiday shopping season, customers of Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Melbourne will once again have the opportunity to spread some holiday cheer and help a child learn to read.  Each year, Barnes & Noble invites customers to purchase a book that is then donated to Brevard Public Schools through Brevard Schools Foundation and distributed to the neediest schools.  Brevard Schools Foundation is coordinating the drive this year, which can bring in upwards of 5,000 books.  Customers may choose their own title, one suggested by Barnes & Noble, or one requested by individual schools.  They typically cost about $5.

 “There continues to be a great need for books in our schools, especially for the lower grades,” said Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation.   “We appreciate companies like Barnes & Noble for encouraging community contributions that support literacy.” 

Shoppers wishing to support the Holiday Book Drive by purchasing a book may visit the store located at 1955 West New Haven Avenue in West Melbourne.  For more information or to donate financially, contact Brevard Schools Foundation at 633-1000 ext. 756.

School Happenings

Apollo Elementary

On Election Day, Tues., Nov. 6, at 8:30 a.m., Apollo Elementary will hold a “Mock Election” to help students understand the differences of popular and electoral votes, and to build a foundation on the importance of voting.

Missy Slack, Apollo school librarian, said of the project, “It is our hope to instill a responsibility, a pride in our students that having the right to vote sets American apart from other countries.”

For more information, please contact Slack at 321-267-7890 ext. 3008 or slack.missy@brevardschools.org.


Apollo will hold its 32nd Annual Veteran’s Day Program on Fri., Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. on the school grounds in recognition of all veterans who have served our nation both past and present.

“The Apollo students need to know how fortunate they are to live in this country,” said Principal Dr. Pamella O’Kell.

News media outlets are welcome; however, arrangements should be made ahead of time.  For more information, please contact classroom teacher Sharon Jaszczak at 321-267-7860 or jaszczak.sharon@brevardschools.org.


Merritt Island High

On Fri., Nov., 9 at 10 a.m. in the commons area, Merritt Island High will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony to honor military veterans. The ceremony will be complete with full protocol including the participation of the JROTC, band, and chorus as well as a flag ceremony.

“It is very important that our students understand the sacrifices our veterans have made for the freedoms we have in this country, including the right to a free public education, said Principal, Gary Shiffrin.

News media outlets are welcome; however, arrangements should be made ahead of time. For more information, please contact Shiffrin at 321-454-1009 or shiffrin.gary@brevardschools.org.