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Nominate Learning Resource Center as Polk’s 2018 Best

We are truly grateful for the many votes LRC received during each round of The Ledger’s Best of the Best Polk competition last year. Your nominations and votes awarded us the title of Polk’s 2017 Best Learning & Tutoring Center.

The time has come, and the first round of the 2018 competition is taking place now. We’re asking for your assistance again to help us defend our title!
 
The first round began on Sunday, June 10, 2018 and continues through Sunday, June 24, 2018. In this stage, voters nominate the organizations, businesses, people, etc. that they believe best fit each category. Voters can enter nominees for all 150+ categories or just one category daily. We need your help nominating us, the Learning Resource Center, as the Best Learning Center/Tutor for 2018.
 
To help us advance to the second round, please nominate LRC daily through Sunday, June 24 under the Kids & Education: Learning Center/Tutor category at TheLedger.com/Contests.
 
Another way to help is by spreading the word to friends, family and co-workers by email, social media, word of mouth, phone and/or any other ways you can think of. We appreciate any help you can lend.
 
As an added incentive, when you nominate 25 or more, you will be entered to win a $500 gift card from The Ledger Media Group.
 

 
Thanks for your support in this initiative!
 
 

Take adventure to the next level at Camp Discovery

Join LRC and All Saints Academy for weekly academic adventures at Camp Discovery!

Camp Discovery grants students entering first though fifth grade in Fall 2018 the opportunity to examine, inquire and create from the world around them through individual, week-long adventures. These science-themed camps also challenge students to use critical thinking, reading, writing, science and math skills, allowing them to gain and grow important skills in an effort to prevent summer learning loss.
 
Each week presents a new theme that is useful and relevant to students. The remaining two themes are listed below.
LRC Camp Discovery
 

Camp Themes


Week 3, June 18-22
Dream It, Build It, Win It– Create structures and devices with common and recycled materials for friendly competition.
 
Week 4, June 25-29
Game World– Design and play board games, carnival games, minute-to-win-it challenges and video games using Scratch and Hour of Code.
 
A new camp runs weekly, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at All Saints Academy located at 5001 State Road 540 in Winter Haven.
 
Select the dates your child would like to attend or register for both! The cost per week is $230.
 
To reserve your child’s place, don’t delay! Do so today by clicking: Summer Programs or call LRC at 863-688-9477 for more details and to learn about our sliding fee scale based on gross family income.
 
 

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Gain Success in Reading at Camp Rockin’ READ!

The Learning Resource Center has added a new elementary program to its summer lineup.


Camp Rockin’ READ! is designed to help students who have completed grades 1, 2 or 3 enhance their reading, writing and spelling skills using the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach as well as the Barton Reading & Spelling System.
 

The Orton-Gillingham Approach:

 
The Orton-Gillingham Approach is multisensory, language-based, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, flexible and individualized instruction.
 
Multisensory focuses on visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning, engaging sight, sound, touch and motion within the same lesson.
 

 
The Barton Reading & Spelling System uses the Orton-Gillingham Approach and also focuses on multisensory learning, aiding students in making connections between sounds and words.
 
Students who attend Camp Rockin’ READ! will:
 

  • Enjoy hands-on activities to improve reading, writing and spelling skills
  • Engage all the senses in the learning process– visual, auditory, and kinesthetic
  • Experience increased independence, success, self-esteem, and confidence in the classroom
  • Effectively learn to decode words independently using the Barton Reading & Spelling System
  • Start the school year with increased skills

 
Camp will begin Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland (1628 S. Florida Ave.) and continue for three weeks, ending on Friday, July 13, 2018. The program will take place Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. during that period. There will be no class on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
 
The cost of camp is $420. LRC does offer a sliding fee scale based on the family’s gross annual income, so the fee may vary.
 
The camp size is small, so be sure to enroll your child today. You may register students online by clicking Camp Rockin’ READ!, in person at LRC or by phone at 863-688-9477.
 
 

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Get “Kindergarten-Ready” with LRC

Camp READY! dates are set for Summer 2018, and camps are kicking off soon.
 

 
If you have a rising or repeating kindergartner, ensure they’re prepared for school and academic success by enrolling them in the Learning Resource Center’s annual kindergarten-readiness program. On average, Camp READY! students have shown growth of four to seven months from pre- to post-assessment in just four weeks. Through hands-on, experiential learning centers lead by qualified teachers, students will experience learning that is fun!
 
With art, music and movement, cooking, and reading-readiness centers, Camp READY! builds pre-reading skills while also providing a safety net to allow children more time to continue motor, social and cognitive development. Teachers will engage students in themed, rich language-laden lessons, while also providing learning opportunities for parent involvement at camp and at home.
 
The program is designed for students entering or repeating kindergarten in August 2018.
 
This year, Camp READY! is scheduled to take place at nine campsites throughout Polk County. Each camp will last a total of four weeks. Dates and times vary by location. (Please see below)
 
The cost of camp is $25 for the entire month and includes a shirt.
 
Camp will wrap up with a parent program on the final day, where parents will be invited to watch their child in a performance showcasing what they learned at camp.
 

To Register

To register your child before spots are filled, please click on your desired campsite below, call LRC at 863-688-9477 or stop in at the LRC office located at 1628 S. Florida Ave. in Lakeland.
 

Camp dates and locations:

 
June 4-June 28, 2018

Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m.-12 p.m.

 
June 6-June 28, 2018

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

 
June 11-July 3, 2018

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

 
July 5-July 27, 2018

Monday-Friday, 8:30-12 p.m.

 
*Camp READY! at All Saints Academy is at maximum capacity.
 
 

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LRC Presents 2018 Summer Programs

Summer break is here! It has been shown that the majority of students may lose about two months of skills during the summer (summerlearning.com). Don’t let summer learning loss or the “summer slide” affect your children! Join us in programs suited for kindergarten through high school levels.

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Kindergarten

Rising and repeating kindergartners can gain the skills necessary for school at Camp READY! featuring multi-sensory learning experiences in an engaging format at nine locations throughout Polk County. Camps will take place for four weeks during June 4-July 27, 2018. Dates and times vary by site. The cost is $25 for the entire month.
 

Elementary

Elementary students have multiple academic enrichment options with Camp Discovery at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven, PEP Super Summer Science Camp at the Public Education Partnership Center in Winter Haven and Super Summer Success at South McKeel Academy in Lakeland, all beginning on June 4, 2018. Program dates, times and prices vary by site.
 
Camp Rockin’ READ! is another option for students who have completed grades 1, 2, or 3. This program features the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach and Barton Reading & Spelling System to enhance reading, writing and spelling skills. Camp Rockin’ READ! will take place June 25-July 13, 2018 (no class July 4) at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland for $420.
 

Middle School

Middle school students will become more effective learners through time-tested strategies with Study Habits of Successful Students at the Learning Resource Center on July 9-13, 2018 for $155.
 

High School

High school students will gain effective study techniques, leadership skills and service opportunities with Get REAL! taking place at the Learning Resource Center on July 9-13, 2018 for $175.
 

High School Test Prep

High School students may also benefit from LRC’s summer test preparation courses designed to help students achieve confidence while earning their best possible score. ACT Summer Prep takes place July 16-20, 2018. SAT Summer Prep begins July 23-27, 2018. GED Prep runs for four weeks per subject with Social Studies launching May 22, 2018, Science on June 26, 2018 and Language Arts on July 31, 2018. All will take place at the Learning Resource Center. The cost of each full ACT & SAT course is $575 and includes a book and a gift card to Starbucks or Chick-fil-A. GED Prep costs $25. Students must take a pretest prior to enrolling in GED Prep.
 
LRC offers a Sliding Fee Scale based on gross family income with the assistance of United Way. For questions or to enroll in any of the courses, please click on the program heading above or call 863-688-9477.
 
 

LRC Progresses to Phase 2 of GiveWell Matching Fundraiser

The Learning Resource Center Achieves Phase 1 of Matching Fundraiser, Moves On to Phase 2

The Learning Resource Center of Polk County (LRC) has successfully reached its goal during the first phase of the matching fundraiser. In this initial stage of a two-step matching campaign, LRC needed to reach a goal of $20,000 by May 31, 2018 in order for a funder(s) of GiveWell Community Foundation to match the amount, dollar-for-dollar.
 
LRC has attained the first stage with the help of numerous donors.
 
Now, the 43-year educational organization has entered the second phase consisting of a 1:2 match of $20,000. To receive the additional $20,000 from the private funder(s), LRC must raise $40,000 by September 30, 2018.
 
If LRC succeeds in both matches, the organization will have raised $60,000 and will receive a matching amount of $40,000, earning $100,000 total over a six-month period.
 

More about LRC

Today, LRC’s small staff and volunteers strive daily to continue coordinating services for 3,500 plus students, ages five through adult throughout Polk County.
 
These services and programs include, but are not limited to:
 

  • One-to-one tutoring services to children and adults
  • Small group instruction for remediation and enrichment
  • Study skills courses
  • Middle school courses for grade replacement
  • High school courses for credit
  • Camp READY! for kindergarten-readiness
  • GED/SAT/ACT/GRE test preparation courses
  • Heartland for Children- academy support for children in foster care
  • Productive partnerships and flexibility to offer quality programs to other agencies, educational institutions and corporations to help students of all ages

 

Your Impact

Join the effort to save the Learning Resource Center, a one-of-a-kind nonprofit agency, to continue to help students maximize their learning potential and keep hope alive for current and future students. The gift of education is a gift for life!
 
Donations will help provide academic assistance to students in need, make it possible for LRC to employ highly-qualified tutors, and enable LRC to meet the needs of students, parents and the community by aiding with the expenses of daily operation. The effect of this fundraiser will reach every aspect of the nonprofit organization.
 

Help the Learning Resource Center and local students with more impact.


 
 

Congrats, 2018 graduates, including two of our own!

2018 Graduates


Congratulations to all the 2018 high school and college graduates!
 
We’d like to give a special “congrats” to two of our very own.
 

  • Jadie Riffe, an LRC PEP counselor and a 2018 graduate of Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School
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  • Lacie Walls, an LRC office & event volunteer as well as a summer program counselor and 2018 graduate of George Jenkins High School
     
    We appreciate your hard work and dedication to not only serving the Learning Resource Center and this community, but in your studies and educational successes, as well.
     
    We know you both will continue to excel, and we wish you the best in all to come!

 
 

Amazon Smile Triples Donations in March

3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate in March.

Amazon Smile Amazon is tripling donations on purchases made by first-time Smile customers in March! We ask you to shop Amazon Smile and choose the Learning Resource Center as your charity. In doing so during March, Amazon will make a 1.5% donation (based on your total) to LRC for your first Smile purchase.
 
If you have shopped on Amazon Smile, we encourage you to continue to do so. LRC will receive a .5% donation from Amazon for every purchase made at any time during the year.

Did you know giving back could be so simple?

This is a convenient way to support LRC while shopping online, and the funds can really add up. Giving back through Amazon Smile doesn’t require any additional money or extra effort other than selecting your charity. We invite you to choose LRC to assist in our mission of helping students reach their maximized learning potential!
 
Get started, and shop now at smile.amazon.com.
 
Your purchase will help shape educational futures!
 
 

Here’s How to get started on Amazon Smile.

1. Go to smile.amazon.com.
2. Log into your Amazon account (or create one).
3. Select “Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.” as your charity.
4. Shop as usual!

PigFest 2018 Event Info

The 22nd Annual Lakeland PigFest is almost here!

PIGFEST 2018


The festival will open to the public on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland.
 
Unlike in years past, there will be no fee for parking. Instead, there will be a $2.00 admission fee per person. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free. Once inside, stop by a Pig Bucks tent and exchange your cash for Pig Bucks. Purchasing food from competition teams, will support their efforts as well as local charities like LRC.
 
The competition will heat up with the Kingsford Professional BBQ (sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society), Publix Super Markets Backyard and Badcock Kids-Q events. There will also be plenty of entertainment featuring kids’ games, simulator racecars and live music.
 
LRC Belk Charity Sale 2017
 
Visit LakelandPigFest.org for more information.
Photo: LakelandPigFest.org
 

PIGFEST COMMUNITY


What attendees may not realize is that PigFest takes hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours to help carry out the event, and local nonprofits, such as the Learning Resource Center, partner to provide the needed amount of volunteers. PigFest then gives every dollar raised back to the community!
 
By granting the Learning Resource Center opportunities and funds based on service hours, PigFest has helped provide academic assistance and highly-qualified tutors to help students succeed and has also enabled LRC to meet the needs of students, parents and the community by aiding in the expenses of daily operation. The effect this annual barbeque festival has had on LRC reaches every aspect of the organization. Those who received any service from LRC in 2017 were impacted by its support.
 

VOLUNTEER AT PIGFEST


If you are interested in assisting at the event, please click: VOLUNTEER AT PIGFEST.
LRC will provide volunteers for shifts taking place in the judging, team breakfast, VIP party and golf cart shuttle areas on Wednesday, January 24-Saturday, January 27, 2018. To view the available shifts and to register, please click the above link.
 
We look forward to seeing you there! Whether you’re a competitor, attendee or volunteer, it’s sure be a fun weekend.
 
 

2018 ACT & SAT Dates

Don’t miss the exams! We’ve compiled a list of 2018 ACT & SAT dates and deadlines to make it easier for you to keep up with them all. Scroll down to find the test dates that work best for you.
 
test prep
 

2018 ACT

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
February 10 January 12 January 13-19
April 14 March 9 March 10-23
June 9 May 4 May 5-18
July 14 June 15 June 16-22
September 8 August 10 August 11-26
October 27 September 28 September 29-October 14
December 8 November 2 November 3-19

Earn your best possible score on the ACT with LRC’s ACT Prep.
Information gathered from ACTstudent.org
 

2018 SAT

Test dates may be subject to change
 

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Mail Deadline Late Phone/Online Deadline
March 10 February 9 February 20 February 28
May 5 April 6 April 17 April 25
June 2 May 3 May 15 May 23
August 25 July 27 August 7 August 15
October 6 September 7 September 18 September 26
Nov. 3 October 5 October 16 October 24
Dec. 1 November 2 November 13 November 20

Prepare for the SAT with LRC’s SAT Preparation.
Find more information on the SAT, and register for the exam at SAT.collegeboard.org
 
Check back for the remaining dates, which will be added throughout the year as they are announced.
 
 
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