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The Book Nest used-book store, located in the Deltona Regional Library and run by Friends of the Deltona Library, has received recent generous donations. These allow the bookstore to offer local teachers the opportunity to come in and pick out a bag of books for free for their classrooms. The teachers can come in, during regular library hours, from Saturday, Aug. 6, through Monday, Aug. 15. Teachers need to bring their Volusia County teacher ID.

The Friends reach out to schools and other nonprofits through the program “Friend 2 Friend,” giving books to local organizations. The giveaway program is in keeping with the green theme of the Deltona Regional Library: “Reuse, Recycle and Reduce Landfills.”

To make a donation of gently used books or to inquire about volunteering, call The Book Nest at 386-624-8767.

With school starting in Volusia County on Monday, Aug. 15, the majority of the public elementary schools in Volusia County will host “Meet the Teacher” orientation for students and parents. Listed below are the dates and times for the elementary schools in West Volusia:

Blue Lake Elementary in DeLand — Meet the Teacher 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, for all grades;

Citrus Grove Elementary in DeLand — Meet the Teacher for kindergartners 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11; all the other grades 9-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12;

DeBary Elementary — Meet the Teacher 10-10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, for students with last names starting A-L; then 11-11:30 a.m. the same day for students with last names starting M-Z;

Deltona Lakes Elementary — 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, for students with last names starting A-L; then 9:45-10:45 a.m. the same day for students with last names starting M-Z;

Discovery Elementary in Deltona — 8-9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, for students in all grades;

Enterprise Elementary — 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, for kindergartners and first- and second-graders; then 10-11 a.m. the same day for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders;

Forest Lake Elementary in Deltona — Meet the Teacher for VPK, kindergarten, first and second 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, followed 10-11 a.m. the same day by grades three, four and five;

Freedom Elementary in DeLand — kindergartners 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, with pre-K and first through fifth grades 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 12;

Friendship Elementary in Deltona — all grades 8:30-9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12;

George Marks Elementary in DeLand — kindergarten 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11; first through third grades 9-9:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, followed by fourth and fifth grades 10-10:45 a.m. the same day;

Manatee Cove Elementary in Orange City — pre-K and kindergarten 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11; first and second grades 9:45-11:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, followed by third through fifth grades noon-1:30 p.m. the same day;

McInnis Elementary in DeLeon Springs — all grades 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 12;

Orange City Elementary — VPK, kindergarten, first and second grades 10-10:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, followed by third through fifth grades 11-11:45 a.m. the same day;

Osteen Elementary — kindergarten 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, followed by all other grades 10-11 a.m. the same day;

Pierson Elementary — all grades 8:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12;

Pride Elementary in Deltona — pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grades 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12; third through fifth grades 10-11 a.m. the same day;

Spirit Elementary in Deltona — kindergarten 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11; VPK and first through fifth grades 9-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12;

Starke Elementary in DeLand — all grades 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 12;

Sunrise Elementary in Deltona — VPK 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11; all other grades 6-7 p.m. the same day;

Timbercrest Elementary in Deltona — pre-K, kindergarten and first grade 10-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, followed by second and third grades 11 a.m.-noon the same day, and fourth and fifth grades 1-2 p.m. the same day;

Volusia Online — presentations 8:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 12, via Teams: kindergarten 8:30-9 a.m., first grade 9-9:30 a.m., second grade 9:30-10 a.m., third grade 10-10:30 a.m., fourth grade 10:30-11 a.m., fifth grade 11-11:30 a.m., and Special Areas 11:30 a.m.-noon;

Volusia Pines Elementary in Lake Helen — all grades 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 12; and

Woodward Avenue Elementary in DeLand — kindergarten through second grade 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 12, followed by third through fifth grades 12:30-1:30 p.m. the same day.

As stated above, classes begin for all public schools in Volusia County Monday, Aug. 15.

Students will have Tuesday, Aug. 23, off for teacher professional development, and Monday, Sept. 5, is a holiday for everyone so they can observe Labor Day.

Early-release days for the month of August are the 17th, 24th and 31st. Early-release days are when students are dismissed one hour earlier than usual.

High-school athletics

Many of your fall sports will either have begun practice before the start of school or will start on the first day of school.

All hopeful athletes are reminded that they need to have quite a lot of paperwork filled out prior to their first day of practice, and must have a medical physical as well. Contact your school’s Athletic Department for needed paperwork and for the forms for a physical.

Stetson University Athletics

The 2022 Stetson University beach volleyball team has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association with the U.S. Marine Corps Team Academic Award.

This award is given yearly to teams who maintain a yearlong GPA of 3.3 or better. This is the 10th time Stetson has received the honor and the fifth in a row.

The Stetson team had a cumulative GPA of 3.61 for the 2022 spring semester.

College honors

Veronica Marin, of DeLand, has been named to the spring 2022 dean’s list at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida Campus in Port Orange.

Lauren Bjella, of DeLand, has earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Emerson College in Boston.

— Send school news to Tony Tussing via email: at flacoach43@hotmail.com.

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