GREENACRES — The city’s Leisure Services department has started accepting registrations for a newly formed Youth Baseball Fall League for children ages 4 to 14 years old.
It’s a co-ed recreational league where all players are welcome, regardless of skill level or ability. Registration will be open through July 28.
Cost is $90 for residents; $110 for non-residents.
Registration forms and payment are accepted at the Greenacres Community Center, 501 Swain Blvd., Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. -to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. -to1:00 p.m.
Parents must provide a birth certificate for each child registered, and proof of residency (utility bill) is required in order to receive the $20 city resident discount. Registration fees include a uniform shirt and hat.
The league is limited to the first 48 participants in each age division.
Age levels are: Shetland: 4-6 years old (a flat $90 fee for this division); Pinto: 7-8 years old; Mustang: 9-10 years old; Bronco: 11-12 years old;
Pony: 13-14 years old.
The international observance started in Canada when a teen boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Bystanders came to school the next day wearing pink to make a statement and to stand up for others. The Literacy Coalition is calling upon organizations, schools and businesses across the county to wear pink on Wednesday in support of bullying prevention programs.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), one in three students say they have been bullied at school. However, school bullying-prevention programs can decrease bullying up to 25 percent, according to DHHS.
This year’s theme for Pink Shirt Day is “Gratitude is the Attitude.” Pink Shirt Day celebrations will be held at several locations, including Greenacres Youth Programs, 501 Martin Avenue from 2;40 to 4:30 p.m., where children will be greeted by Mayor Sam Ferreri, receive snacks and play games.
GREENACRES — Laura Schroff, author of the New York Times bestseller “An Inviside Thread,” is scheduled to speak with Okeeheelee Midldle School students on Monday.
The book tells the story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive and and an unlikely meeting with destiny.
All students have been taksed with reading the book.
Schroff will meet with students at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m.
“The book supports Okeeheelee Middle School’s three shared values, (Repsect Everyone, Be Responsible for Yourself, You Are Part of a Community),” Julie Greene, the school’s media specialist, said in a statement. “It really promotes the power of kindness and connection between people.”
This is the first time Okeeheelee Middle has had a school-wide reading program.