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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.


The 2016 Oscar-themed fundraising event took place at the exquisite home of Richard and Mary Ellen Krakowski in Lakeland’s Grasslands Saturday evening. The cocktail-chic affair not only served as a way to raise scholarship funds for deserving LRC students, but also served as the center’s 40th Anniversary celebration.
Over the course of the evening, guests were able to view and bid on an array of items showcased throughout the house while enjoying savory hors d’ouvres from Terrie Lobb Catering, libations by Head Over Heels Bar and live entertainment from The Sofa Kings. Jennifer Leigh of New Channel 8 hosted the affair as the Mistress of Ceremonies and introduced LRC star students Jaylen Arnold and Jaylaycia Lewis. LRC also recognized past and present board members with medals in celebration of the nonprofit’s 40 year-history and named GiveWell Community Foundation the For the Love…of Learning 2016 Honoree.
While LRC is still working on the numbers, it appears the organization is well on its way to surpassing 2015’s fundraiser earnings of more than $21,000 in scholarship funds that assisted more than 25 deserving students.
LRC is grateful for all of the generosity and support that went into making the event a success and is elated for the ability to continue assisting deserving students in this way that the community has helped make possible.
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Celebrate the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.’s 40th Anniversary while helping children and families in the community at the annual For the Love…of Learning benefit this Saturday from 7-10 p.m.
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The Oscar-themed event, aimed at raising scholarship funds for deserving LRC students, will take place at the exquisite home of Richard and Mary Ellen Krakowski in Lakeland’s Grasslands and will feature entertainment from The Sofa Kings, Hors d’oeuvres by Terrie Lobb Catering , host Jennifer Leigh of News Channel 8, libations by Head Over Heels Bar, and a world-class silent auction.
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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, Chef’s Table for Two at the Terrace Grille, Lone Palm Golf Club foursome, Disney Park Hopper passes, and Payne Air Conditioning & Heating preventative maintenances will be up for bid.
Other highlights will include a look at LRC’s 40-year history, recognition of past and present board members, and the 2016 Honoree presentation honoring 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 make up 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 should contact LRC Executive Director Dr. Pam Craven by email, PamelaC@LRCPolk.com, or phone, 863-688-9477.
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The Learning Resource Center’s For the Love…of Learning 2016 Honoree is GiveWell Community Foundation, and this year’s honoree more than surpasses the requisites for this annual award.
The recognition was established six years ago to showcase outstanding community organizations or individuals who have made a significant impact on education in Polk County, and who have provided unwavering support to the Learning Resource Center.
Through its Impact Grants, its professional financial training, and its continued support, GiveWell (formerly Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland) has helped LRC and fellow nonprofits grow, maintain, and sustain to meet the needs of the Polk County communities.
We are honored to present GiveWell Community Foundation as our 2016 Honoree at Saturday’s For the Love…of Learning benefit.
Past Honorees include: Florida Southern College in 2015, Polk County Schools in 2014, United Way of Central Florida in 2013, Publix Super Markets, Inc. & Publix Super Markets Charities in 2012, and the Junior League of Greater Lakeland in 2011.

1. 2015 marks LRC’s 40th year as a non-profit providing high quality academic programs designed to help all students maximize their learning potential.


2. LRC offers services to Polk County and other surrounding counties.

3. LRC employs over 500 certified teachers who provide countywide services to more than 4,000 students ages five through adult.
4. LRC is accredited by AdvancED’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

5. Kindergarten through adult students can participate in year-round One-to-One tutoring designed to meet each student’s individual academic needs through personalized, convenient schedules.

6. LRC hosts 14 summer programs (in addition to One-to-One tutoring) geared towards kindergarten through high school students.


7. In summer 2015, LRC hosted nine kindergarten learning camps known as Camp READY! at locations in North and South Lakeland, Ft. Meade, Haines City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Frostproof, and Poinciana.


8. On average, Camp READY! students who attend the full program demonstrate learning gains of SEVEN months in vocabulary development from pre- to post-assessment—quite an accomplishment for a five-year-old.


9. With support from United Way of Central Florida, grants, and generous contributions from private donors, LRC ensures that any deserving student who needs and wants academic help can receive it by offering scholarships and a Sliding Fee Scale.


10. LRC holds community partnerships with United Way of Central Florida, Polk County Public Schools, GiveWell Community Foundation, Publix Supermarket Charities, Heartland for Children, and the Lakeland Rotary Club.

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