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10 News and friends bring All American Blood Drive to Lakeland

10 News and friends bring All American Blood Drive to Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida -- 10 News -WTSP has teamed up with WQYK 99.5 FM, Florida Blood Services, and Sweetbay Supermarkets to sponsor "Ten News All American Blood Drive" on Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1, 2011, to help build our community's blood supply as we prepare for the long Independence Day Holiday weekend ahead.

Florida Blood Services will have bloodmobiles onsite from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., at the following location in Lakeland on Thursday only:

  • 6220 US Hwy 98 N Lakeland

All lifesaving donors will receive

Denison Middle's field trip, Ambassador program

Denison Middle's field trip, Ambassador program

Winter Haven’s Denison Middle had two major activities near the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

Students visited Lake Wales’ HEART Institute, a training center that prepares people to serve overseas as missionaries.  HEART is an acronym for “Hunger, Education, And Resource Training.”  The institute seeks to simulate overseas conditions and help people develop practical, technical and problem solving skills enabling them to adapt and cope with challenges they may face as missionaries.

Students visited various stations at HEART. These stations were an extension of what students were learning in the classroom in subjects that included science and social studies. 

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.

List of honorees by County

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.

Polk County deputy saves choking baby

Polk County deputy saves choking baby

Lakeland, FL -- A Polk County Sheriff's deputy had a great day at the office Tuesday when he saved a 10-month-old baby from choking to death.

According to the sheriff's office, around 8:30 p.m. on June 21, 35-year-old Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Kirkpatrick responded to a call on Chestnut Woods Drive in Lakeland to assist Polk County Fire and EMS.

Kirkpatrick was the first to arrive at the home to find a baby boy in his mother's arms choking and unable to breathe. Kirkpatrick took the baby, saw his airway was completely blocked and began to perform the Heimlich to remove the obstruction.

School psychologists participate in Autism Awareness Event

School psychologists participate in Autism Awareness Event

School psychologists from the Polk County Public Schools participated in the 2011 Central Florida Autism Institute’s Walk/Run for Autism Awareness at Lakeland’s Lake Hollingsworth.

The psychologists wore their staff shirts and interacted with attendees at the event and visitors to their booth. Their booth included sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a train set, games and puzzles. 

While children were engaged in the activities, the psychologists were able to share with their parents and other community members about the services the psychologists provide to students.

Harley-Davidson Lakeland hosts Disaster Relief Benefit

Harley-Davidson Lakeland hosts Disaster Relief Benefit

Lakeland, FL -- Harley-Davidson of Lakeland is holding a Disaster Relief Benefit this Saturday for families in Joplin, Missouri.

Families of Cycle Connection Harley-Davidson in Joplin lost everything in the tornado on May 22, including the life of a team member.

Funds are being raised to provide relief for these hurting families.  Efforts started on June 3 and they have since raised $6,000!  Efforts will culminate on Saturday, June 18 with the event. 

Here's how you can get involved!

Why do they call it that? Dundee

Why do they call it that? Dundee

One hundred years ago, a man from another part of the planet came to the Bay area and started naming stuff. Among them: the town of Dundee.

Why do they call it Dundee?

In 1910, a fella named Mr. Menzie came to this beautiful Polk County hill country and started naming stuff.

"Aye, I'll be namin' this lake Lake Menzie" he may have said with a deep brogue as he overlooked a pristine freshwater lake.

Oh, did I mention he was from Scotland?