Director’s Thoughts – November 2020

‘Tis the season to be thankful!

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Although the LRC Staff and Boards are grateful 24/7 and 365 days for each and every person who shares his or her talents, time, and resources, this holiday season offers the perfect opportunity to say “Thank You” once more. As a nonprofit in a COVID-19 world, this year has been far from easy. This organization has applied for and been blessed with two Relief Fund allocations. With that support, LRC has been able to persevere in serving this community with quality academic instruction—virtually and in person safely—although to far fewer students. Parents who are facing job or food insecurity do not seek out tutoring. Schools having to spend discretionary funds for additional protection and safety are not able to offer supplemental after-school programs. However, you have provided scholarships and funding for many students who would have continued to struggle.
Alexander is one of those students. He had been described as non-verbal and non-social, and school officials predicted that he could not function in a regular classroom. I first met this 5-year-old crawling under a table at Camp READY!, LRC’s award-winning summer program that prepares students for that first day of kindergarten. By the next visit, with the caring expertise of the camp professionals, Alexander was gradually participating, pointing to or touching words when prompted, although still sitting by himself. By the end of the four weeks, he was saying words and forming sentences, listening and engaging with other students—he even asked to be a line leader. He entered kindergarten last fall and zoomed to the top of his class. It was with your support through United Way and LRC fundraising projects that this program was available to Alexander. This is just one of many stories we love to retell about the successes of LRC students. None of which would be possible without YOU!
May you and your family enjoy a lovely and blessed Thankful Season!
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Read past editions of “Director’s Thoughts”:
October 2020
September 2020

LRC Named Central Florida’s Best Learning Center of 2020

We have a Best of the Best 2020 update!
In October, we announced that LRC was named a top 3 Learning Center in Central Florida. It is with great honor, enthusiasm, and gratitude that we share…the Learning Resource Center has been named THE top Learning Center in Central Florida for 2020.

This is the first time since 2017 that LRC has won first place. In 2018 and 2019, LRC was a top three finalist.
Your efforts have paid off tremendously, and we continue to thank you for the support you’ve shown not only in this manner but in so many other ways, as well.

About 2020 Best of Central Florida

The Ledger’s 2020 Best of Central Florida contest granted the public an opportunity to support their local favorites in 170+ categories, ranging from educational to health services (and everything in between), during two installments in August and September. During the first, individuals submitted online nominations in any or all the categories. From there, the nominations were narrowed to the top 5. The second round granted users the chance to vote daily for their favorite of the five in each category. Concluding the second round, The Ledger then recognized the top 3 winners. With more than 238,000 total votes cast throughout the competition, we are both thankful and thrilled to receive the honor of first place in the Best Learning Center/Tutor category!
Thank you for your many nominations and votes lending us this public recognition as Central Florida’s Best Learning Center 2020.

You’re invited to LRC’s 2020 ZOOM Job Fair!

The Learning Resource Center needs YOU!

LRC Virtual Job Fair November 2020
Do you have a passion for teaching, desire a flexible work schedule, enjoy creative freedom and/or want to make a difference in the life of a student?
If you answered yes to any of these, consider tutoring or teaching with LRC part-time!
Join us for a virtual hiring event on Monday, November 23 or Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m. to learn about our available one-to-one or small group opportunities to help students become more successful academically. During the event, we’ll introduce you to our organization by sharing details about who we are and the work we do throughout the community, tell you about our positions, and explain the hiring process.
Our variety of opportunities include virtual or in-person, one-to-one or small group, school hours or afterschool, weekdays or weekends, and year-round or summer.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Pam Craven at or call LRC at 863-688-9477 for your personal ZOOM invitation or to set-up an interview. When registering, please let us know which session you’d like to attend.
For additional information about LRC programs and services, visit

Support GED Students with LRC on Giving Tuesday 2020

Save the date for Giving Tuesday 2020 with LRC


You know about Black Friday, you know about Cyber Monday—do you know about Giving Tuesday? It’s an international day of giving that was established in 2012, and it’s happening on December 1. We invite you to mark your calendars and participate with us!

LRC’s Initiative

This year, the Learning Resource Center is celebrating the day by raising money for our GED program, which offers one-to-one tutoring and support for students in our community who are studying to attain their GED.

Get Involved

There are tons of ways to get involved! Donate to our GED fund, spread the word about our fundraiser, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for stories from our GED students about how your support can make a difference in their lives.
Can’t wait until the event? Click here to donate and support our adult students now!