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LRC named a top Learning Center

Thanks for your votes!

LRC Thank you for voting
With your continued support, LRC has been pressing on, making gains through tutoring services and test preparation programming this semester.
Not only are your efforts paying off in these ways, but because of you, we have been named a top 3 Learning Center in Central Florida for the fourth consecutive year!
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 consider it no small feat to be named a top 3 finalist!
Thank you for your many nominations and votes lending us this public recognition as a Central Florida Best Learning Center.

Director’s Thoughts – October 2020

LRC can help! And…YOU can help!

LRC Director's Throughts graphic
Halloween is not the only October date bringing thoughts of fun, but scary times.
As the first nine weeks (first quarter) of the school year ends on October 22, 2020, and the second grading period begins, blessings and concerns abound–thankfulness that students are returning safely to learning either in a classroom or on an electronic device with great Polk County educators. The concerns lie in the physical and mental health of our children, but also in their ACADEMIC health. Researchers are calling it the “COVID Slide.” They are attributing this to the loss of much direct instruction in the final three months of the past school year and reduced availability of and access to summer programs. The prediction is that many students will lose more than a year of skill and concept retention. More than ever, children who are struggling need immediate and intensive interventions to CATCH UP, GET AHEAD, and STAY AHEAD!
LRC is offering learning hubs and one-to-one tutoring—virtually and in-person. Look for upcoming LRC after-school programs throughout Polk County. We always have our arms outstretched for help—more highly qualified tutors and instructors, more community volunteers, and, of course, more financial resources. LRC can help! And…YOU can help!
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Learning & Loving It: Math Card Games Part 3

Learning & Loving It is a series featuring simple, yet fun educational activities for home learning and virtual, interactive tutoring.

LRC Learning and Loving It

Try this final game in our “Math Cards” series!

LRC LLI Math Cards Greatest Number

The Greatest Number


  • Third grade and up
  • 2 or more players
  • Students will recognize numbers, practice putting them in order from greatest to least, and identify place value.


    One deck of playing cards (with face cards removed)

    Activity Overview

    1. One player deals the cards evenly between the players. Players place their cards in a stack facedown in front of them.
    2. Each player turns over four cards.
    3. Players arrange their cards to make the greatest possible four-digit number.
    4. Players read their numbers aloud and decide which number is greater.
    5. The player with the greatest number wins all the cards from that round and places them in a separate pile.
    6. Play continues until all the cards have been used.
    7. The player with the most cards in their pile wins the game.
    Variation: Use three or five cards to create the number with the greatest value for lower or higher levels. Try creating the number with the least value instead.
    Check to see the video demonstration.
    Click for additional Learning & Loving It activities!

    Shop, save & support LRC during the Belk Charity Sale 2020

    Shop, save and support!

    Belk Fall Charity Sale 2020
    The Belk Charity Sale is back for 2020! This is a fun opportunity to support the Learning Resource Center AND receive exclusive discounts on Belk’s top designer brands. The Sale will take place on Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11 in store at any Belk location and online at Participants will now receive $10 off with their $5 Belk Charity ticket purchase from LRC.

    5 reasons to participate in the Belk Charity Sale with LRC:

    1. Even more savings this year with your ticket! You’ll now receive $10 off your Belk purchase + an additional 20-60% discount and can stack these savings with coupons.
    2. It’s easier than ever. Purchase tickets online, then use them online at or at any Belk location in the nation during Oct. 9-11.
    3. $5 ticket proceeds go directly to LRC and help support local students.
    4. This is a fun way to give back — an opportunity to give AND save while you shop. It’s a win-win!
    5. The charity with the most online ticket sales will receive a $5,000 donation from Belk, which would extend the impact of your $5 further in benefitting LRC students in need of academic assistance!
    To participate, please click “LRC Belk Charity Tickets”. From there, a webpage will open. Select Florida, Lakeland, and Learning Resource Center in the three drop-down menus. Then, click “Continue to Payment” and proceed with your payment information. Your ticket will immediately be emailed to you. This is what you’ll use online or in person to shop and save big on top brands!
    Remember, anyone can purchase a ticket from LRC to use online or at their nearest Belk store. Because of this, we aren’t limited to just spreading the word locally, but to our friends and family nationally!

    Learning & Loving It: Math Card Games Part 2

    Learning & Loving It is a series featuring simple, yet fun educational activities for home learning and virtual, interactive tutoring.

    LRC Learning and Loving It

    Try these two games in our “Math Cards” series!

    LRC LLI Math Cards What is the value

    What’s the Value?


  • For grades kindergarten through second
  • 1-2 players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice counting as well as addition or subtraction if older.


    One deck of playing cards (with face cards removed); manipulatives (ex. beads, pennies, skittles, etc.)

    Activity Overview

    1. Have the first student turn over a card.
    2. The student will then count out the number of manipulatives represented by the number on the card.
    3. If there are two players, the second player takes their turn.
    Variation: Each player can also state the difference (subtraction), sum (addition) or product (multiplication), adding or removing tokens to reflect the amount, on their turn.
    LRC LLI Math Cards Card Countdown

    Card Countdown


  • For second grade and older
  • 2 players
  • Students will build automaticity with subtraction.


    Two decks of playing cards (without face cards); pencil; Card Countdown Sheet

    Activity Overview

    1. Each player takes a deck of cards. Players stack their cards face down.
    2. At the same time, players draw the top card from their piles.
    3. Players record their own number in the subtract column on the countdown sheet.
    4. They then subtract the value from 100 and record the difference at the top of the “=” column.
    5. Players continue to draw cards, subtract and record answers, working as quickly and accurately as possible at their own pace.
    6. Continue until either both reach zero or a negative number or, if racing, until the first player reaches zero or a negative number.
    Check to see the video demonstration.
    Click for additional Learning & Loving It activities!

    Vote LRC as Central Florida’s Best Learning Center 2020

    We need your help one more time to be names Central Florida’s Best!

    We’re in the final stretch of The Ledger’s 2020 Best of Central Florida contest and asking you to continue voting the Learning Resource Center as Polk’s Best Learning Center/Tutor daily through Sunday, September 20!
    Vote LRC Best Learning Center
    With your help, LRC won the 2017 title and was named runner-up in 2018 and 2019. Will 2020 be our year to reclaim our title?

    To vote, please CLICK HERE.

    Then, scroll to find the “Learning Center/Tutor” category, which is where you’ll find us listed. 
    We are grateful for your many votes leading us closer to the “2020 Best of Central Florida” title, which helps make us more visible to others in the community and further our effort to assist more students in academic need.
    Want to go a step beyond? Please spread the news by telling others, forwarding this email, sharing on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter and posting on your other social networks.

    Fall for Learning with LRC

    Fall for Learning with LRC
    With your support, we have successfully navigated summer together concluding six fruitful enrichment camps and now transitioning to a fall lineup of opportunities. Some of which include:
    1. Three SAT Prep courses (start dates: Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3)
    2. Two ACT Prep sessions (start dates: Sept. 21, Nov. 2)
    3. One middle school Study Habits program (start date: Oct. 14)
    4. GED Prep (varies by subject)
    In addition, LRC will continue tutoring students of all grade levels, expanding services to not only provide supplemental learning to campus students but coaching for eCampus and Polk Virtual attendees with options to choose one-to-one or small group instruction (learning hub) and in-person or virtual learning.
    Working with parents to determine the best location and catering to families’ scheduling needs enables us to offer an unmatched, customized approach best suited for parents and students.
    Due to financial hardships faced by many, we’re extending our reduced rates through the fall semester. If you have a student who needs homework help, remediation, virtual coaching or wants to get ahead, please call us at 863-688-9477 or visit us online to get started.

    We can help!


    Director’s Thoughts – September 2020

    Summer 2020 was not the summer of LRC Past!

    LRC Director's Throughts graphic
    With your input, much deliberation and intentional vigilance to comply with health/safety requirements, we proceeded cautiously, which led to a successful summer of student learning gains.
    Due to COVID-19, we adjusted procedures specific to each summer program to include smaller group sizes, lower enrollment occupancy, social distancing regulations, temperature checks, increased sanitizing efforts, masks and gloves for counselors/instructors and designated individual supplies or entirely remote course offerings.
    As this fall semester begins, we promise that your student’s safety remains our top concern. We are offering many programs virtually and implementing learning hubs for subject tutoring, homework support and academic coaching. While we may not have all the answers during this challenging time, we guarantee that we’ll keep monitoring, adapting and utilizing the best practices to keep our students, tutors, staff, and community safe. Your student’s health is important to us–his or her physical, mental, emotional and ACADEMIC health.
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    We can help with your elearning & campus learning needs!

    WE CAN HELP—With both your supplemental learning & elearning needs
    Everyone can agree that school looks different this 2020-2021 year. For some, it means increased safety measures, procedural changes and fewer peers to share their brick and mortar campus with. For others, the setting has changed entirely and consists of interacting and learning all from a home computer.
    Whether attending school on campus or remotely, LRC is here to assist with all academic needs. Students attending on campus may benefit from afterschool supplemental tutoring for homework support or remediation. eCampus or Polk Virtual students may find our expanded elearning support and coaching options best suited for them.
    Our eCampus and Virtual support offers students personalized coaching options of 1-to-1 or small group guidance at flexible locations. Working with parents to determine the best location for the “learning hub” and catering to families’ scheduling needs enables LRC to offer an unmatched, adaptable, customized approach best suited for parents and students.


    Supplemental Tutoring:

    – 1-to-1 or small group
    – Face to face or virtual
    – Parents & tutors determine location, day and time
    – Throughout Polk County
    – Homework help, remediation and/or review
    – All grade levels & subjects

    eLearning Coaching:

    – 1-to-1 or small group
    – Face to face or virtual
    – Parents & LRC/tutors determine location, day and time
    – Support & assistance with online courses (could be as course is taking place or following)
    – Can set up small group “learning hubs” for multiple students
    – Polk County
    – All grade levels & subjects


    Reduced Rates Extendend

    Due to hardships faced by many, we are extending our reduced rates, based on a Sliding Fee Scale, through the fall semester. If you have a student who needs homework help, remediation or virtual coaching please do not hesitate to contact us at 863-688-9477.
    LRC can help with learning and elearning needs

    You may be eligible for COVID Relief Funds to use for LRC tutoring

    Were you negatively affected financially by the pandemic, even minimally? You may be eligible for up to $2,000 to use towards LRC’s academic assistance.
    Polk County Unites COVID-19 Relief

    The “What?”

    Have you lost wages due to COVID-19? United Way’s 2-1-1 can help connect you to available funds. Polk County Unites is available to help Polk County residents make ends meet. Qualifying residents may apply for up to $2,000 of financial assistance. This grant is made available through a partnership with the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and United Way of Central Florida and is funded by Polk County’s portion of the federal CARES Act grant. Polk County residents who have been furloughed, laid off or had a decrease in pay due to COVID-19 may be eligible to receive direct assistance for rent, mortgage, childcare, adult care, education and food. Only one gift per household.
    To determine eligibility, individuals that meet the following criteria are encouraged to call 2-1-1:
    • Can demonstrate lost income or employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Established residency in Polk County
    • Able to prove U.S. Citizenship

    The “What does this mean for you and LRC?”

    Relief assistance has been expanded to include educational needs, making it an opportunity for both Polk County residents to receive funding for needs and an opportunity for LRC to continue to meet those academic needs of children and adults in our communities.
    Those who receive funds from Polk County Unites will be eligible to apply them towards the Learning Resource Center’s supplemental tutoring, virtual coaching and/or learning hubs, making it even more affordable for students to succeed in their academics and beyond.

    The “How?”

    For more information on how you can apply for assistance, please dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211. You will be connected with a team of compassionate, highly trained specialists who will connect you with services that meet your need.
    If you receive your funding and choose to use it towards LRC tutoring or coaching, please give us a call at 863-688-9477 to get started.