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Community partners assist Auburndale High, Tenoroc High

Community partners assist Auburndale High, Tenoroc High

Two philanthropic organizations have partnered to help students at Auburndale High and Lakeland’s Tenoroc High.

The Hamptons Educational Foundation, composed of residents of The Hamptons retirement community in Auburndale, secured a $15,000 grant through the TD Bank Charitable Foundation that will benefit both schools. The check presentation was made at a ceremony held  July 27 at the TD Bank branch in Auburndale.

The money will be used to fund an after-school tutoring and literacy program at Auburndale High and for college scholarships for Auburndale High and Tenoroc High students.  Auburndale High tried to initiate an after –school tutoring and literacy program in the 2010-2011 school year but fell short when they could not secure funding for student transportation in the program.

Know of a great business? Nominate them!

Know of a great business? Nominate them!

Bartow, FL -- The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 has announced it is now accepting nominations and applications for its 2nd Annual Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards.

The purpose of the program is to recognize and honor businesses and organizations that have championed exemplary practices and have a positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.

What's even better is the nomination process is even easier and according to the committee shouldn't take more than 10 or 15 minutes to complete.

18 teens named Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. recipients

18 teens named Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. recipients

Polk County, FL -- On Monday, July 18, Sheriff Judd and the Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. (PSCI) Executive Board presented scholarships to 18 Polk County graduating seniors.

Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. (PSCI) was officially formed in December 2006, as a result of the tragic murder of D/S Matt Williams and K-9 Diogi after a routine traffic stop. 

The community’s outpouring of emotional and monetary support after that tragic event ultimately demonstrated how a charity like PSCI would be supported. To date, the charity has provided monetary support to PCSO members who are facing significant unexpected tragic events in their lives.

The primary goal of the charity, realized in January 2011, was to fund the Polk County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement memorial located at the Sheriffs Operation Center in Winter Haven. 

Another goal of PSCI is to annually fund scholarships for eligible high school seniors who meet the following requirements:

Lakeland Citizens Police Academy

Lakeland Citizens Police Academy

Lakeland, FL -- The Citizens' Police Academy is designed for selected community-oriented citizens.

The CPA includes detailed information on police topics such as uniformed patrol, special investigations, crime scene investigation, SWAT, K9 and many other areas of interest.

Also included in the curriculum is a tour of the police station and communications center.

Bartow Chamber kicking off school supply drive

Bartow Chamber kicking off school supply drive

Bartow, FL -- The Bartow Chamber Young Professionals will kick off "Stuff the Bus" this week, collecting donations for Polk County students in need.

The month-long campaign, according to the Chamber's website, will begin with a CYP luncheon on Thursday, July 21, at the Bartow Civic Center.

Anyone may donate to the drive by bringing donations to the Bartow Chamber of Commerce until August 19.

The items most needed this time of year, they say, are school supplies including backpacks, zip binders, paper, 3-prong folders, spiral notebooks and calculators (scientific and graphing).

Lakeland Police Athletic League Summer Camp Etiquette Dinner

Lakeland Police Athletic League Summer Camp Etiquette Dinner

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland Police Athletic League Summer Camp held their Etiquette Dinner on June 9, 2011.

The event provided good tips for proper manners at the dinner table straight out of Emily Post.

Male students practiced pulling out chairs for ladies and using good manners at the dinner table. This is all a part of the dressed for success portion of summer camp.

PAL Director, Tim Abrams, says that dressing properly is just the beginning. It is important to know good manners, and just as important to practice what you know in public situations.

Nearly 27,000 school volunteers donate more than 800,000 service hours in 2010-2011

Nearly 27,000 school volunteers donate more than 800,000 service hours in 2010-2011

The school district honored 112 individuals with a Volunteer of the Year Award during an event near the end of the 2010-2011 school year held at Winter Haven’s Nora Mayo Hall.  Schools chose one person as their Volunteer of the Year.

A total of 26,901 volunteers performed 801, 624 hours of service in the 2010-2011 school year in the Polk Public Schools. This represents and in-kind monetary donation of $16,072,561.

Volunteers are mentors, tutors, chaperones, classroom speakers or volunteer in other roles.  They volunteer during school hours and extracurricular activities.  Volunteers are parents, students’ family members, community members, business partners, school neighbors or other supporters.

In addition, five Volunteers of the Year earned special countywide honors at the year-end event.  They were: