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Students take field trip to USF’s 41st Annual Engineering Expo

Students take field trip to USF’s 41st Annual Engineering Expo

Bartow, Florida -- In February, Jesse Keen Elementary STEAM Academy students got full exposure to the engineering field at USF's 41st Annual Engineering Expo.

During the outing, students got to see first hand how important engineering is in their everyday lives. They also got to participate in interactive activities by USF students organizations, explore engineering departments, research laboratories and meet with local engineers.

Kindergarten registration begins in Polk County

Kindergarten registration begins in Polk County

Bartow, Florida -- For the first time, Polk County Public Schools will allow parents and guardians the option to register their kids online over the course of a month-long registration period.

There  will be an option to register in-person at the zoned school. However parents and guardians are being urged to “spring into action” beginning Friday, March 1 until the registration period ends on Monday, April 1.

Students entering kindergarten must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2013.

Help girls make amazing memories by donating a prom dress

Help girls make amazing memories by donating a prom dress

Lake Wales, Florida -- Donate a gently used prom dress to help other girls create wonderful prom memories.

The high cost of a prom gown can be a major barrier between teens and an opportunity for them to attend their prom.

You can take away that barrier and help a young woman make amazing memories by donating a gently used prom dress to the Prom Dress Drive at Eagle Ridge Mall from Feb. 4 - 28.

The mall is asking for gowns that are clean and not more than five years old. All sizes are needed, especially sizes 14-40 -- and both short and long dresses are welcome.

New superintendent sought for Polk County Public Schools

New superintendent sought for Polk County Public Schools

Polk County, Florida -- The search is on for a new Polk County Public Schools superintendent.

The school district is seeking an exceptional leader to serve more than 97,000 PreK-12 students and more than 13,000 staff members.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2013.

The School Board also wants to hear from the community on qualities you seek in the qualified candidates applying for the position. Your response to the following questions will help the Board develop a profile of leadership qualities that you would like to see in the new Superintendent.

Polk County Utilities Division Water Conservation Art Contest

Polk County Utilities Division Water Conservation Art Contest

Polk Co., FL-- Polk County Utilities Division announced their 2013 Water Conservation Art Contest for all Polk County students enrolled in both publi,c and private schools, in grades K-12.

Competitors are encouraged to create a poster depicting a water conservation idea.

Rosette ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each of the thirteen grade categories. All others receive participation ribbons. The blue ribbon winner in each category will be featured in the 2013 Water Conservation Calendar.

Contest Guidelines:

New Polk County Public Schools administrator announced

New Polk County Public Schools administrator announced

Polk County, Florida--  Superintendent Dr. John A. Stewart and the Polk County School Board approved the appointment of Mrs. Yvette Scarborough as Principal at Horizons Elementary during the January 22 School Board meeting.

Polk Co. named Ford Next Generation Learning Community

Polk Co. named Ford Next Generation Learning Community

Polk Co., FL-- Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) has named Polk County as a Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) Community ‐‐ one of only 17 communities in the nation.