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School District partners Beef O’Brady’s, Publix honored by FDOE
School District partners Beef O’Brady’s, Publix honored by FDOE

Polk’s Bosko Family Enterprises Beef O’Brady’s and Publix Supermarket Charities were touted among the top businesses in the state for advancing and supporting Florida’s public education system.

The recognition occurred as part of the 2011 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards ceremony coordinated by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the Florida Education Foundation (FEF).  The FDOE and FEF administer the awards to encourage successful alliances within the business community and school districts.

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Bosko’s Beef O’Brady’s and Publix Supermarket Charities were among more than 80 business education partners honored during the Florida Association of District School Superintendents and Florida School Boards Association conference held June 9 at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa.

Members of the State Board of Education also participated in the June 9 event.

Bosko’s Beef O’Brady’s and Publix Supermarkets Charities were nominated by the Polk Public Schools and the Polk Education Foundation.

The following are profiles of Bosko Family Enterprises Beef O’Brady’s and Publix Supermarket Charities involvement with the Polk Public Schools:

Bosko Family Enterprises Beef ‘O’ Brady’s has been involved with more than 25 Polk County schools, donating more than $50,000 and more than 6,000 volunteer hours throughout 2010 and 2011.  Schools receive a percentage of sales from Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Spirit Nights.  Beef’s also honor teachers and volunteers monthly and annually in recognition programs.  Beef’s also has programs awarding students free meals for excellence in academics, attendance and behavior. 

Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. has contributed $142,500 for education programs benefiting students and teachers in the Polk Public Schools during the past seven years.  Publix sponsors major school district events, funds scholarships and assists projects that include helping homeless students and districtwide reading and literacy initiatives.

“Excellent schools and effective learning environments do not occur by chance,” said Florida’s Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “They are built piece by piece through great teaching, visionary leadership, and ongoing community and stakeholder involvement and investment. The business partners honored through these awards embody the type of commitment we need to make every one of our schools a success and I’m pleased to recognize them for the vital role they play in improving our education system.”

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