Harrison Student wins LRC’s Mike Grady Award

“Desiree is a wonderful young lady. She works extremely hard, is conscientious, polite, appreciative, smart and goal-oriented.” – Lesley Chambers, Director of Student Services for Harrison School of the Arts
Mike Grady Scholarship Winner
 
Selected by the Mike Grady family, Desiree Carosi is the recipient of LRC’s 2016 Mike Grady Scholarship. In her application essay, Desiree told of her move from Italy to Lakeland two years ago, the recent fire that destroyed her home and possessions (including her beloved piano and music). She also told of her struggle with preparing for the tests, which would open or close the gates to her dream of majoring in music at a respected college. Desiree is a student at Harrison School of the Arts.
 
“Desiree was chosen for her inspiration, passion, and perseverance in continuing to pursue her life’s dream despite obstacles. The judges for the scholarship were impressed with her dedication to her education and her contribution to her school and community.” – Jon Brock, son-in-law of Mr. Grady
 

About the Mike Grady Scholarship

 
LRC was fortunate to have a champion in Mike Grady assuming leadership roles during much of the Learning Resource Center’s existence. When Mike Grady passed away in 2004, he left behind a legacy that has inspired LRC to celebrate his commitment to the community with the “Mike Grady Scholarship”. Each year, one student is selected to receive full tuition for the LRC’s comprehensive 23-hour SAT/ACT Preparation Course. The value of this year’s scholarship is $440.
 
LRC considers applicants who are role models within their high school that have clear secondary education goals when awarding the Mike Grady Scholarship.
 
 

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Camp READY! Staff is Prepped and Ready to Teach!

Seventy enthusiastic participants who will serve Camp READY! campers congregated at two different sites on Saturday, May 21. Come June and July, these folks will be in positions of camp site director, instructor, counselor or support staff. Camp READY! is LRC’s signature program for beginning or struggling kindergartners geared towards preparing them for success in the classroom.
 
During the two and a half hour training, attendees met with their camp colleagues to get acquainted and to assign roles for the upcoming four-week sessions at ten different sites across Polk County. Breakout workshops provided time and attention for practice with the curriculum for each site’s learning centers—Readiness, Cooking, Movement, and Art. This year will be the inaugural year for incorporation of Nemours’ Bright Start Program, an acclaimed pre-kindergarten language development initiative from the Nemours’ Pediatric Hospitals.
 

Master Teacher Dr. Mary Stowers introduces Nemours’ Bright Start Program to Camp READY! Instructors and Counselors.
Camp READY! instructors practice integrating reading and math readiness skills into the practical application of making pancakes.

Art Facilitator Jacel Jones models the language of art, as well as the proper way to teach children how to hold scissors or a brush.
Art Facilitator Jacel Jones models the language of art, as well as the proper way to teach children how to hold scissors or a brush.

Camp READY! instructors practice integrating reading and math readiness skills into the practical application of making pancakes.
Master Teacher Dr. Mary Stowers introduces Nemours’ Bright Start Program to Camp READY! instructors and counselors.

 

LRC Rolls Out Summer 2016 Programs for All Grades

The Learning Resource Center is offering summer enrichment programs for the 2016 season for kindergarten through high school grade levels. Scroll down to find the level you’re seeking below.
 
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Kindergarten


Rising and repeating kindergartners can gain the skills necessary for school at LRC’s
Camp READY! featuring multi-sensory learning experiences in a fun, engaging format at ten locations throughout Polk County. On average, Camp READY! students who attend the full program demonstrate learning gains of seven months in vocabulary development. Camp READY! dates are June 13-July 29, 2016. Each camp will take place Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. for four weeks except for Poinciana and Ft. Meade camps, which will take place Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Dates vary by location. The cost is $25 for the entire month.
 

Elementary


Students entering 1st- 5th grade are invited to PEP Summer Camps in Winter Haven. A collaboration between LRC, Polk County Public Schools and the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership, this enrichment program will offer students three week-long camps at the PEP Center or Inwood Elementary. Camps will focus on science, sports and art & music with math and reading components and will take place from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Monday-Thursday on June 13-30, 2016. The cost is $25 per week.
 
Students who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade are encouraged to attend Super Summer Success, an enrichment program that helps students maintain their mental momentum through the summer with a fun and active approach to reading, writing and math. Super Summer Success will take place June 20-July 14, 2016 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at South McKeel Academy in Lakeland. The full cost is $395.
 

Middle School


Middle school students may consider Study Habits of Successful Students for motivational strategies and study techniques to become a more effective learner. Lessons will include: Get Motivated, Listen Up and Take Notes, Set Goals to Achieve, Read Actively, Manage Your Time, Become Test-Wise. This study skills course will take place July 11-15 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost is $145.
 

High School


High school students can “get the competitive edge” with College Success Planning. Students enrolled in this course will learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies, as well as concrete techniques to gain the competitive edge necessary for high school and college. College Success Planning will take place July 11-15 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost is $145.
 
High School students will benefit from LRC’s ACT and SAT summer test preparation courses. Preparation courses are designed to build confident, successful students, helping them achieve their best possible score through problem-solving strategies tailored towards each test. The ACT Summer Preparation Course will take place July 18-22, 2016 at the Learning Resource Center, while the SAT Summer Preparation Course will take place July 25-29, 2016 at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost of each full course is $440.
 

Scholarships & Registration


Scholarships for any of these programs are available to families with a documented financial need. Please do not hesitate to enroll in any of the courses, as many of them are small-group settings and fill up quickly. To register, please click on the program link above or call 863-688-9477.
 
 

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Now Enrolling: Elementary Summer Programs

Make sure that your kids are not only busy this summer,
but that they’re busy learning!


Prevent summer learning loss with the Learning Resource Center’s summer programs for all ages over the next two months, including a couple geared towards elementary students.
 
In addition to hosting Camp READY!, a school-readiness program for students entering into kindergarten in the fall, LRC will also hold two elementary camps, Super Summer Success and PEP Summer Camps 2016.
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Students who have just completed any grade between kindergarten-5th this school year are invited to attend Super Summer Success at South McKeel Academy. This summer enrichment course will offer students a fun way to gain important skills in reading and math and a great way to reinforce their skills through interaction and review. The classes will be small and will include hands-on, high-interest activities as well as interactive teaching by certified instructors. Super Summer Success will take place June 20 – July 14, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (excluding Monday, July 4) at South McKeel Academy, which is located at 2222 Edgewood Drive, South, Lakeland, FL 33803. The cost is $395 for the entire four-week course. Scholarships are available for families with a documented financial need. To enroll your child, please visit lrcpolk.com/programs/super-summer-success or call LRC at 863-688-9477.
 
Students who have completed any grade between kindergarten-4th and will enter 1st-5th grade in the fall, may consider PEP Summer Camps 2016. These camps will offer students math and reading practice in an exciting way that will accompany week-long themes of science, sports and art & music at one of two Winter Haven locations, the PEP Education Center or Inwood Elementary. This program will also include high-interest, hands-on lessons, skill reinforcement and interactive teaching by certified instructors. PEP Summer Camps will take place Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. over the following weeks: June 13-16, June 20-23 and June 27-30 at the PEP Center located at 203 Avenue R NE, Winter Haven, FL, 33881 or Inwood Elementary located at 2200 Avenue G NW, Winter Haven, FL 33880. The cost is $25 per week. Scholarships are also available to families with a documented financial need. To register, please visit lrcpolk.com/programs/pep-summer-camps or call LRC at 863-688-9477.
 
Don’t hesitate to enroll your elementary student in one of these beneficial enrichment programs! Students will be able to learn and grow while still having fun this summer when they attend one of these great programs.