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Back to school Monday, road traffic to increase

Back to school Monday, road traffic to increase

Polk County, Florida-- Sheriff Grady Judd anticipates a major increase in early morning traffic this coming Monday, as children throughout the county head to their first day of the '12-'13 school year.

Bikers, walkers, cars and buses will flood sidewalks and roadways.

In an effort to get drivers to obey speed limits and safety laws, Sheriff Judd reminds that "fines are doubled in school zones and that all law enforcement members take the safety of our children very seriously. As a responsible motorist, so should you.”

Lakeland firefighters to remind motorists of schools in session

Lakeland firefighters to remind motorists of schools in session

Lakeland, Florida-- If you drive by one of the following 13 elementary schools during your daily commute, you can expect to see fire engines or rescue trucks, and signs telling you to "slow down, buckle up and drive safely" next week.

Middle School students first to become Microsoft Certified

Middle School students first to become Microsoft Certified

Bartow, Florida -- Once upon a time you had to be a college graduate and bonafide brainiac to be a certified Microsoft pro.

Not anymore.

This year, education officials say students at eight Polk County Public Schools will have access to resources such as online classes and software when they attend the Microsoft IT Academy.

For the first time ever, middle school students who attend the Microsoft IT Academy will be able to become Microsoft Certified.

Florida is the first state in the nation to offer the program at middle schools.

Back to School one week away!

Back to School one week away!

Polk County, Florida-- It seems it was such a short time ago that we were singing to the tune of, "Schools out for Summer!" The summer has flown, and next Monday, August 20, students all across Polk County will begin the '12-'13 school year.

Feeding Children Everywhere donates food in Bay area

Feeding Children Everywhere donates food in Bay area

Lakeland, Florida -Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) is donating 100,000 healthy meals to 30 school districts across the country this August. 

This donation is part of a national $3 million meal project in Tampa that will rally 20,000 people from the Bay area to hand-package rice, lentils, veggies and Himalayan sea salt into easy-to-make meals. 

STEM Education: Students Witness Landing of Mars Rover Curiosity

STEM Education: Students Witness Landing of Mars Rover Curiosity

 

Polk County, Florida-- A group of 40 students, parents, teachers and guests from Kathleen High’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), CFAA’s Civil Air Patrol and the Lakeland Aero Club were given an opportunity to experience space exploration firsthand during a trip to the John F. Kennedy Space Center. With the help of a live-feed video coming from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California the group witnessed Curiosity make its historic landing on Mars.

Nearly 50 students achieve perfect FCAT 2.0 scores

Nearly 50 students achieve perfect FCAT 2.0 scores

Polk County, Florida-- Despite reports of poor performance throughout the state on the FCAT writing assessment, Polk County proudly announces that nearly 50 students scored perfectly on both the reading, and math assessments. 

According to a release from Polk County Public Schools, 47 third - eighth graders achieved perfect ranks on the reading and math portions of FCAT 2.0.