Make a Difference, and Help LRC Students On #GivingTuesday

We have joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide, and hope that you will too!
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#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. This year the initiative will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
Those who are interested in joining us for the LRC #GivingTuesday initiative can make a donation online at The donations we receive will help further our cause in helping deserving students receive the educational help that they need and providing students the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

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About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website

LRC Students Received 1,170 Hours of Tutoring in October

In the month of October, Learning Resource Center students received 1,170 hours of tutoring, bringing the Year-To-Date Total to 3,150 hours (please note that the YTD total starts over in July). New and ongoing students tutored during the month of October equaled 317 students.
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Thanks to all of our tutors and students for your time, efforts, and hard work. It’s paying off!
If you’re interested in participating in One-to-One Tutoring, please visit
Related Posts:
May 2015 Tutoring Report
June 2015 Tutoring Report
July 2015 Tutoring Report
September 2015 Tutoring Report

The Learning Resource Center is Looking for Love in February

LRC is excited for another fantastic fundraiser in 2016!
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For over 40 years, the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc., as a non-profit supplemental education agency, has addressed the academic needs throughout Polk County by providing one-to-one tutoring services to children and adults, small group instruction for remediation and enrichment, and the flexibility to offer quality programs to help all students maximize their learning potential.
On February 20, 2016, the organization will host the annual For the Love…of Learning, a benefit which raises scholarship funds for students enrolled in its programs. Will you consider joining as a sponsor to ensure that LRC continues to reach Polk County’s most needy and deserving students?
LRC is currently seeking gracious sponsors and generous donations for the 2016 event. See below to become a sponsor or donor.

Sponsor levels and benefits are as follows:

$7,500 Level
10 Event Tickets (Fair Market Value: $750)
Media Recognition with Logo* (The Ledger advertising, event posters, radio PSA’s)
Program Acknowledgement*
$5,000 Level
8 Event Tickets (Fair Market Value: $600)
Media Recognition*(The Ledger advertising, event posters)
Program Acknowledgement*
$2,500 Level
6 Event Tickets (Fair Market Value: $450)
Media Recognition*
Event Posters*
Program Acknowledgement*
$1,000 Level
4 Event Tickets (Fair Market Value: $300)
Program Acknowledgement*
$500 Level
2 Event Tickets (Fair Market Value: $150)
Program Acknowledgement*
Other benefits for all sponsorship levels:
Recognition on and LRC’s social media accounts.
*Sponsor recognition in the media and on event collateral is available to sponsors whose agreements are received by December 30, 2015.

LRC is also in need of silent auction donations.
Ideas for auction items include:

  • Gift Certificates to Restaurants
  • Services (photography, salon, fitness training, etc)
  • Vacation Home Stays
  • Antique Items
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Electronics (game systems, television, computers

LRC needs your help to continue helping others!
If you are interested, please contact Executive Director Pam Craven at
For more information, please visit the fundraiser website at

Winter Haven PEP Center Seeks Volunteers to Assist Elementary Students

PEP needs you! The PEP after-school elementary program is a collaboration between the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. and the Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Inc. Currently, the after-school program is near student-enrollment capacity and is in need of volunteers to help at the center. This is a great opportunity for those looking to give back, high school students working on community service hours, college students looking for experience, and those with free time on their hands. pep photo2015
The program runs Monday-Thursday weekly from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with the exception of school holidays. It is set up so that students in grades 1-3 attend on Mondays and Wednesdays, while students in grades 4-5 attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Groups of students rotate through four stations each day (playground and snack, computers – Moby Max, homework, elective) with one of the six teachers. The PEP Center is located at 203 Avenue R NE in Winter Haven. Students are bused to the location and attend free of charge.
PEP is searching for committed volunteers who can dedicate their time to help students succeed.
Opportunities include:

  • Playground assistants, 3:30-4:00 p.m. — 4-6 volunteers
  • Teacher assistants (rotate with students), 4:00-5:30 p.m. — 6 volunteers
  • Stationary assistants (help with homework; assist 1:1), 4:00-5:30 p.m. — 2-4 volunteers

We hope that you will consider this opportunity and help us spread the word. If you are interested in volunteering with PEP, please contact Audrey Nettlow at and
PEP needs YOU as a partner in order to do a great job for our young learners!
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Click for information on the start of the after-school program.


Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. Announces 2015-2016 Board of Trustees

Join us in welcoming our 2015-2016 Board. Changes to the board include the new Executive Committee and Board Representatives as well as the addition of five Trustees.

Executive Committee

President – Joyce Barclay
Vice President – Dr. Sandy Hightower
Treasurer – Raymond Norman, Jr.
Secretary – Chrissanne Long
Immediate Past President – Richard Pellegrini

Board Representatives

Michael Carter
Cathy Kennedy
Timothy Kiley

Board of Trustees

Lisa Burton
Justin Callaham
Wilma Ferrer
Tamme Goble
Morgan Holmes
Marshall Hurley
Frank Lansford
Stephanie McLean
Elsa Nail
Annie Sullivan
Austen Snodgrass
Shandale Terrell
Becky Troutman
Britt Williams