By BETTY BRIGGS | Special correspondent
Published: August 06, 2011
PLANT CITY –
Two Plant City High School seniors who share a love of photography and history are making good use of their summer break.
Alanah Kovacs and Connor Thomas are earning community service hours by volunteering at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center.
The students snapped photos around Plant City and helped with a new exhibit entitled School Days. From their volunteer work, they have not only gained knowledge about their hometown, but have learned what it takes to process and archive close to 100,000 images of historic Plant City.
Kovacs and Thomas decided to work at the center to gain the service hours they need for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. If they meet the SAT score and high school credit requirements, the program will provide them with either a 75 percent paid tuition for 75 community service hours, or a 100 percent paid tuition for 100 hours.
This was not Thomas’ first experience with the archives and history center. In March, he won first place in the center’s photojournalism contest for Plant City High students.
The center at 106 S. Evers St. is a not-for-profit history organization and museum that was founded in 2000 by businessman Ed Verner.