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Polk schools embrace the arts with TV broadcasts, art shows
Polk schools embrace the arts with TV broadcasts, art shows

Elementary Art Shows

The Polk Museum of Art is displaying the best artwork of students in kindergarten through fifth grade.  The “Free to be Me: Third To Fifth Grade Elementary Exhibition” art show is now until May 15. “The Learning to be Me: K-2 Elementary Exhibition” art show opens May 21 and goes until June 18.  The art is displayed in the student gallery during regular museum hours. Standard museum admission fees apply. The Polk Museum of Art is located at 800 East Palmetto Street, Lakeland. Information: Patricia Lamb, (863) 647-4730, patricia.lamb@polk-fl.net.

Polk Video Awards

The Polk Video Awards will be broadcast live on television on Tuesday, May 3 from 5 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m. The awards recognize the best student-produced videos in categories that include documentaries, animations, music videos and school news broadcasts.  The elementary awards event begins at 5 p.m. followed by the middle and high school awards at approximately 7 p.m.

This event from Lakeland’s Victory Church will broadcast on Polk County School Board Television airing on Bright House Networks channel 614, Comcast channel 7 and Verizon FiOS channel 45. The event will also be shown live simultaneously on PGTV, the county government’s channel on Bright House channel 622, Comcast channel 5 and Verizon FiOS channel 20. It will also be Web streamed on the school district’s www.polk-fl.net Web site and the county government’s Web site, http://www.polk-county.net/.

The Video Awards are Polk’s version of Hollywood’s Academy Awards.  Many works from the local Video Awards have gone on to win awards at the state, national and international level since the local awards program began in 1992. Information: David Yates, (863) 647-4254, david.yates@polk-fl.net.

About Face Awards

The school district’s About Face Awards will be broadcast live on television on Wednesday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to approximately 9 a.m. The About Face Awards honor middle and high school students for making positive improvements in areas that include grade point average, attendance, disposition and attitude toward school or themselves. Individual schools or sites chose students for an About Face Award. The event’s sponsor is Tampa Electric. Guest speaker is Polk Sheriff Grady Judd.  

This invitation-only event from Winter Haven’s Nora Mayo Hall will broadcast on Polk County School Board Television airing on Bright House Networks channel 614, Comcast channel 7 and Verizon FiOS channel 45. The event will also be shown live simultaneously on PGTV, the county government’s channel on Bright House channel 622, Comcast channel 5 and Verizon FiOS channel 20.  It will also be Web streamed on the school district’s www.polk-fl.net Web site and the county government’s Web site, http://www.polk-county.net/.

Honorees will be joined at the event by their mentors who helped them make the positive changes and turnaround. Community members, school board members and school district staff and administrators will also attend the event.

Information:  Margaret Anne Wheeler, (863) 534-0699, margaret.wheeler@polk-fl.net.

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