May 2020 – Recently, Planning Commission Executive Director Melissa Zornitta read “Please, Mr. Panda” in a segment of Storytime Online. Watch the video. *Props* to our fearless leader for this very fine reading!
Late last year, Hillsborough County Public School Board Member Stacy Hahn spearheaded Storytime Online featuring local dignitaries reading books to kids. Readers include Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Hahn, herself, and WWE superstar Thaddeus “Titus” O’Neil Bullard, who played football at the University of South Florida (USF).
“Unfortunately, not all children and youth have books at their fingertips, especially during a safer-at-home order as part of a global pandemic,” notes a recent school district news release promoting the Storytime Online playlist, with content provided by Capstone Publishing. The series is a partnership with the Hillsborough Education Foundation and Hillsborough County Public Schools in cooperation with Scholastic and the Tampa Bay Chamber and is supported by many community organizations.