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The Learning Resource Center (LRC) will host its annual For the Love…of Learning benefit to aid Polk County students on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 7-10 p.m. at the Lakeland home of Kurt and Kimberly Elmhorst.
This evening, presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, is aimed at raising program aid and LRC scholarship funds for deserving students and will feature hors d’oeuvres by Terrie Lobb Catering, entertainment, libations, and a world-class silent auction.
Attendees will find an eclectic mix of auction items available for bids as well as activities that include dining and drinking experiences, entertainment options, sport outings, shopping sprees, and more.
The 45-year academic nonprofit will recognize Joyce Barclay as the 2020 Honoree. Honorees are supporters who have assisted in expanding and extending the LRC mission of helping students maximize their learning potential.
In addition to leading sponsor Publix Super Markets Charities, CenterState Bank, Bank of Central Florida, GrayRobinson, Payne Air Conditioning & Heating, Drs. Dorsey and Sandy Hightower, Dr. Eileen Wills, Hunt and Mary Berryman, Mark Thompson, The Dean Family Foundation, Prime Meridian Bank, Todd and Suzette Jones, and Citizens Bank & Trust are event sponsors.
Those interested in attending may purchase admission at LRCLoveofLearning.com for $80 each or $150 for two. LRC tutors will receive discounted pricing of $50. Other ways to support this cause for education include becoming a sponsor, donating silent auction items, bestowing a scholarship or contributing to the LRC Endowment Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.


LRC October 2018 News


The LRC Story Continues Because of YOU!

In 2017-2018, LRC experienced severe damage from Hurricane Irma, delayed or diminished implementation of fee-for-service contracts and two months of lost income.

Because of YOU
  • LRC was able to continue to deliver educational services to children, adults and their families throughout Polk County
  • LRC was able to utilize insurance monies for the needed repairs and not for day-to-day operations
  • LRC was able to evaluate systems and procedures to find even more efficient, while effective, business practices
  • LRC was able to investigate and forge new partnerships in creative and innovative programs
  • LRC was able to validate its value, need, and importance to the community through YOUR support, efforts and help.


LRC’s Award-Winning Kindergarten-Readiness Program

Because of YOU

United Way, and a GiveWell Community Foundation funder, 436 beginning or struggling Kindergartners engaged in interactive activities, increasing vocabulary development by an average of 7 months (quite a feat for a 5-year-old), social skills, listening, following directions, critical thinking and working with others.

LRC’s Summer Success Camps 2018


Because of YOU…

LRC Summer Success camps, partnering with Public Education Partnership, McKeel Academy, United Way, and All Saints Academy, again could offer enrichment and remediation in reading, math, and science serving more than 113 students at three sites in Winter Haven and Lakeland.

Because of YOU…

Another 655 students received 1-to-1 academic tutoring or small group instruction since Sept. 2017, in addition to over 850 served through various contracts.

Thank You to the LRC Volunteers Who Help:

  • Answer the phones and man the reception area on busy afternoons


  • Copy and collate curriculum


  • Work the LRC tables at First Fridays, children’s festivals, parent workshops


  • Join us for PigFest and Belk Charity Sales


  • Assist with pre- and post-assessments for programs and camps


  • File, file, and file!


GiveWell Match Campaign

Because of YOU

We are almost there! Two generous funders from GiveWell Community Foundation heard of LRC’s brave struggle these past months and offered a challenge.

  • 1st Round: LRC would need to collect $20,000 by May 31st, and a $20,000 match would be donated.


Because of YOU…we did it!


  • 2nd Round: If LRC could collect $40,000 by October 31st, another $20,000 would be contributed.
Because of YOU…we did it!

You’ve done so much for LRC and for our students! We asked for help—all kinds of resources: advice, referrals, ideas, contacts, and money—and you delivered in a BIG way. We have just one favor to ask you…
Would you share our story with someone you know?
Simply sharing our story with someone who may be able to support LRC in reaching this goal, could be the factor that ensures access to programs for our students—children and adults—for years to come.
To help, it’s EASY— just visit LRCpolk.com/donate.

Click here to download LRC’s October 2018 newsletter.

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.


It’s time to support, shop and save!

LRC Belk Charity Sale 2017


Purchase one or more $5 Belk Charity Sale tickets from the Learning Resource Center to reach students of the community and further the mission of helping students maximize their learning potential. All proceeds from LRC’s ticket sales will directly support LRC. Tickets are available for purchase at the office now through Friday, November 3, 2017. Please stop by the Learning Resource Center at 1628 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland for yours.


Bring your $5 tickets to Belk on Saturday, November 4, 2017 between 6-10 a.m. (and later) to receive $5 off your purchase. If you won’t be able to make it to shop the private sale on Saturday, reserve your items during a pre-sale that will take place Monday, October 23, 2017-Friday, November 3, 2017.


Another benefit of shopping this private sale is that rarely-discounted brands will be marked down. Customers will receive 15%-70% off their purchases storewide. The first 100 customers to attend the Charity Sale event at their local Belk store will receive a gift card with a mystery amount of $5-$1,000. Also, Belk Rewards Card customers will earn extra rewards during the event using their Belk card.
What could be better than supporting the local community and saving while you shop? Pick up your $5 Belk Charity Sale ticket/s from LRC today!

LRC Hours & Location

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1628 S. Florida Ave. Lakeland, FL 33803, 863-688-9477
Tickets are available at the LRC office through Friday, November 3, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Monday, February 27, 2017 was an evening to remember! Guests who attended LRC and Red Door’s Wine Market Monday event last month, delighted in twelve samplings from South Africa African wines, a mouthwatering mounded antipasta platter, succulent boneless pork tenderloin chops and “To-Die-For” crème brulee’ while listening to interesting and practical wine information.

LRC was privileged to be selected as the Red Door Wine Market Monday cause for February, an initiative by Red Door owner Richard DeAngelis to support local charities. Fifteen loyal LRC folks enjoyed an evening of divine food and drink while LRC received $25 per ticket in return.
LRC would like to thank Red Door and all those who came out to support not only the organization, but the students of our local community!

Our annual fundraiser, For the Love…of Learning, took place Saturday evening at the stunning home of Rob and Tammy Springer on Canterwood Drive in Mulberry. One of our main festivities of the evening included a silent auction filled with an eclectic mix of great items available for bidding. For those who may not have attended or for those who did, take a look at the items that are still up for grabs. There are some great ones, if we do say so ourselves!
If you see something you’re interested in purchasing, please email us at general@lrcpolk.com or give us a call at 863-688-9477. Don’t delay, you have until Friday, February 24 to place your bid on these items!
Click below to view the available items.

Auction Items Up for Bid


Join the Learning Resource Center of Polk County (LRC) for a dazzling evening of cause at the annual For the Love…of Learning benefit from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
The 2017 benefit aimed at raising scholarship funds for deserving LRC students will take place at the home of Rob and Tammy Springer in Mulberry’s Canterwood Drive and will feature entertainment from The Sofa Kings, Hors d’oeuvres by Terrie Lobb Catering, libations and a world-class silent auction. Publix Super Markets Charities will be the leading sponsor of the event.

Attendees will find an eclectic mix of auction items showcased throughout the evening. Items, trips, packages and services such as a one-week getaway to North Carolina, Detroit Tigers Spring Training VIP package, four-pack of LEGOLAND Florida tickets, Lone Palm Golf Club foursome, freshwater pearls and Payne Air Conditioning & Heating preventative maintenances will be up for bid.
Another highlight of the evening will include the 2017 Honoree presentation, recognizing Dr. Eileen Holden and Polk State College for their partnership. Honorees are LRC supporters who have aided the organization in expanding and extending its mission of helping students maximize their learning potential. GiveWell Community Foundation, Florida Southern College, Polk County Public Schools, United Way of Central Florida, Publix Super Markets, Inc., and Junior League of Greater Lakeland comprise past years’ honorees.
Guests can purchase tickets to the benefit on LRCLoveofLearning.com for $65.00. Other ways to support the cause include becoming a sponsor, bestowing a scholarship, donating a silent auction item or contributing to the LRC Endowment Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.
Those interested in sponsorships and donations may also contact LRC Executive Director Dr. Pam Craven by email, PamelaC@LRCPolk.com, or phone, 863-688-9477.
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LRC’s February Fundraiser Will Benefit Students

The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. invites the community to attend the annual For the Love…of Learning benefit on Saturday, February 18, 2017 to assist local students.
Join this evening of celebration and cause with festivities that include entertainment from The Sofa Kings, food catered by Terrie Lobb, and a world-class silent auction with the purpose of raising scholarship funds for students enrolled in LRC programs.
The Polk County nonprofit hopes to top 2016’s fundraiser, which raised over $35,000 in funds towards deserving students.
This year’s event will take place at the magnificent Springer residence in Mulberry’s Imperial Lakes community from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Front yard
Guests can purchase tickets to the benefit on LRCLoveofLearning.com for $65.00. Other ways to support the cause include becoming a sponsor, bestowing a scholarship, donating a silent auction item or contributing to the LRC Endowment Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.
Those interested in sponsorships and donations may contact LRC Executive Director Dr. Pam Craven by email, PamelaC@LRCPolk.com, or phone, 863-688-9477.

We, at the Learning Resource Center, want to thank this wonderful community. We are truly grateful for each penny, email, Facebook post, article, mention, phone call and invitation that brought us to the total donation of $5,940.00.
The Giving Match 2016 campaign began on November 29, 2016, also known as #GivingTuesday which is a national day designated for giving, and continued through Friday, December 2, 2016. Over those four days, the Polk County community came together, helping our organization earn more than $5,000. Libertore Fund for Children, a local organization with a mission to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children, matched each amount, dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000 thanks to an anonymous donor.
On Tuesday, December 6, Lana Swartzwelder of the Libertore Fund for Children presented a check with the Fund’s match of $5,000.00 for an amazing total of $10,940.00.
The monies are now earmarked for a new server to replace our rebuilt, 10-year old equipment. Rarely is LRC able to use contract or grant funds for capital needs. It is only through an opportunity like this that we can update or replace the infrastructure that highly correlates with quality service, valuable programs, successful clients and fiscally-sound management.
Two years ago, the AdvancED/SACS Accreditation Team noted that technology (server included) was the one glaring need for improvement in an otherwise highly stellar evaluation report. If it were not for you and your generosity, this nonprofit would not be able to continue to make the differences in lives as it has done every day for 41 years. We truly appreciate YOU!
– Dr. Pamela Craven, LRC Executive Director
From left to right: Sherri Diaz, Marilyn Worthington, Dr. Pam Craven, Lana Swartzwelder (Libertore Fund for Children), Becky Troutman, Joyce Barclay, Lisa Burton, Morgan Holmes, Dr. Shandale Terrell, Tamme Goble, Elsa Nail and Annie Sullivan.