Tag Archives: Lakeland

A message from LRC Executive Director regarding COVID-19

“Our number one job is to keep YOU safe” is the forever mantra of all Learning Resource Center programs and personnel. As we vigilantly monitor each day’s events due to COVID-19, the LRC staff would like to share an update on LRC services and to affirm our commitment to you. Containment measures for Coronavirus have halted and suspended 90 percent of the LRC academic programs. Due to the closure of schools and many public locations, we are researching initiatives to continue serving our students. One option is for tutors to provide services through virtual tutoring using Google Hangout, Skype, Facetime or Zoom to accommodate their students. If you are an LRC tutor and would like additional information about these tools or have questions, please contact LRC. We realize that every situation is unique and this may not suit all families.
 
LRC Staff will remain working on a day-to-day basis, but the LRC Office will be closed to the public March 23-27, 2020.
 
Preparations and work for Summer 2020 programs continue and will be extremely important for both students and the organization.
 
Please contact us (863-688-9477) with whatever concerns or questions with which LRC might assist.
 
For LRC updates, please check back here or follow us on social media, Facebook & Twitter, for more timely messages.
 

For the Love of Learning 2020 Recap

The Learning Resource Center of Polk County (LRC) hosted the annual For the Love of Learning benefit on Saturday, February 15 at the Lakeland home of Kurt and Kimberly Elmhorst, raising funds for LRC students and programs. The evening, presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, featured a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres by Terrie Lobb Catering, entertainment, and libations. LRC student, Anthony Tran, and LRC tutor Diane Oropeza shared their academic success story, while Board President Michael Carter and LRC Executive Director Dr. Pam Craven presented the 2020 Honorary Award to Joyce Barclay, LRC Past President and longtime advocate.
 

 
To view all of the photos from the evening, please visit LRC on Facebook.
 
 

Resilience 101 – Professional Development Workshop

The Learning Resource Center of Polk County invites educators to attend a professional development workshop on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 4:30-6 p.m. at Florida Southern College. Kami Guarino, educational leadership coach and founder of The Excellence Team, will lead the Resilience 101: Learn How to Thrive Not Just Survive in Your School seminar. Attendees will be able to receive Polk County Public Schools in-service credit. The workshop tuition and book fee will be provided through a gift by David and Jean Bunch. Florida Southern College will provide light refreshments.
 

 

What:

Professional development workshop for educators led by Kami Guarino to help attendees thrive, rather than survive, in their schools; PCPS inservice credit available

Who:

Polk County educators

When:

Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Where:

Anne MacGregor Recital Hall at Florida Southern College
(directly across walkway from Branscomb Auditorium); 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland

Cost:

Tuition and book fee underwritten by David & Jean Bunch

How:

RSVP by Monday, March 2 to LRC at 863-688-9477 or PamelaC@LRCPolk.com

About Kami Guarino:


Map:

Click for a map of Florida Southern College to find the Anne MacGregor Recital Hall
(RD on map).

 
 

LRC to Raise Funds for Students and Programs at 2020 Benefit


 
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.
 

2020 Programs — Now Enrolling!

LRC’s First Courses & Programs of the 2020 Semester


LRC Courses 2020
 
Registration is open! Scroll down to find the Learning Resource Center’s first programs of 2020, all taking place at the LRC office located in Lakeland. One-to-one tutoring will take place at sites throughout Polk County.
 

About: LRC’s One-to-One Tutoring Services include:

  • One-to-One instruction with a highly-qualified teacher
  • Multi-Sensory learning strategies geared toward individual learning styles
  • Improvement of student’s academic achievement
  • Enhancement of student’s self-esteem to improve school success
  • Flexible schedules and locations
  • Wide variety of subjects & exams

Where: Throughout Polk County
Cost: Based on the number of hours, gross annual household income and number of household members per FPL guidelines.
Register: 1-to-1 Tutoring or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 
 

About: ACT Preparation provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the ACT. This course provides: small classes with highly trained teachers, problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering ACT questions, practice taking ACT exams, emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the ACT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety. *Cost of course includes the SAT book
Cost: $575* for the full course *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: ACT Prep Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 
 

About: SAT Preparation provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the exam. This course provides: Small classes with highly trained teachers; Problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering SAT; Practice taking SAT tests; Emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the SAT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety.*Cost of course includes the SAT book
Cost: $575* for the full course *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: SAT Prep Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 
 

About: Study Habits of Successful Students provides study skills and motivational strategies to prepare students in grades 6-8 to become more effective learners. Students learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies. The course is designed to offer small classes with activity-oriented lessons to help students learn and practice these study habits of successful students.
Cost: $155* *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: Study Habits Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 
 
 

The LRC Update – Summer 2019

SUMMER 2019 RECAP

Camp READY!

– 10 Polk County kindergarten-readiness campsites
– 400+ students total
– Average Learning Gain of 6.2 months in language development
– 91.4% percent of assessed campers demonstrated growth in language development
 
LRC Camp READY
 

Other Summer Programming

– 143 students served in six other LRC summer programs
(PEP Magical Reading, PEP Super Summer Science,
Super Summer Success, Study Habits, ACT Prep, SAT Prep)
 
LRC SAT Prep
 

LRC named a Top 3 Central Florida Learning Center

With three rounds of public nominations and voting over three months, LRC was once again named one of Central Florida’s top learning centers. Thank you to all who voted!
 
Best of the Best
 

Now Enrolling Fall 2019 Enrichment Courses

Join us this fall semester for our enrichment courses and one-to-one tutoring service.

 
LRC Programs and Services Polk County
 

SAT Prep

What: The Learning Resource Center’s SAT Preparation course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the exam. This course provides: Small classes with highly trained teachers; Problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering SAT; Practice taking SAT tests; Emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the SAT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety.*Cost of course includes the SAT book
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: Sept. 10-Oct. 3, 2019; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. &

Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The full course will take place on Tuesdays (Math) and Thursdays (Reading) for four weeks as well as one Saturday (Writing).

Cost: $575* for the full course *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: SAT Prep Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

ACT Prep

What: Learning Resource Center’s ACT Preparation course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the ACT. This course provides: small classes with highly trained teachers, problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering ACT questions, practice taking ACT exams, emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the ACT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety. *Cost of course includes the SAT book
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: Sept. 23-Oct. 21, 2019; Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. &

Saturday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The full course will take place on Mondays (Math/Science) and Wednesdays (English/Reading) for four weeks as well as one Saturday (Writing).

Cost: $575* for the full course *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: ACT Prep Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

Study Habits

What: The Learning Resource Center’s Study Habits of Successful Students provides study skills and motivational strategies to prepare students in grades 6-8 to become more effective learners. Students learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies. The course is designed to offer small classes with activity-oriented lessons to help students learn and practice these study habits of successful students.
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: Oct. 16-Nov. 13, 2019; Mondays, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Cost: $155* *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: Study Habits Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

One-to-One Tutoring

What: LRC’s One-to-One Tutoring Services include:

  • One-to-One instruction with a highly-qualified teacher
  • Multi-Sensory learning strategies geared toward individual learning styles
  • Improvement of student’s academic achievement
  • Enhancement of student’s self-esteem to improve school success
  • Flexible schedules and locations
  • Wide variety of subjects & exams

Where: Throughout Polk County
When: Year-round
Cost: Based on the number of hours & gross family income
Register: 1-to-1 Tutoring or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 
 

LRC’s November News 2018

Thank you for your generosity!


We cannot say enough to express our gratitude for your generosity in helping us reach our GiveWell Matching Campaign goals!
 
Two benevolent funders from GiveWell Community Foundation heard of LRC’s struggle these past months and offered a challenge that consisted of LRC collecting $20,000 by May 31, for a $20,000 match and then collecting $40,000 by October 31 for an additional $20,000 contribution. YOUR selflessness has enabled us to achieve both of these objectives!
 
With your support, LRC is able to continue delivering high-quality educational services to children, adults and families throughout Polk County. Thank you!
 

LRC Approved as Gardiner Provider

We are elated to announce that through our partnership with Step Up For Students, we are now accepting Gardiner scholarship students for remedial or enrichment instruction. Please give us a call at 863-688-9477 during our office hours for additional information.
 

Giving Tuesday

Would you consider hosting a Giving Tuesday Facebook fundraiser? We are searching for interested individuals. It’s simple to set up, and doesn’t require much effort on your behalf. If you are willing, feel free to set one up on your own at fb.com/fund/LRCPolk or reach out to us by replying to this newsletter. We’d be thrilled to walk you through the process.
 
Equally exciting is that Facebook will match all donations made to nonprofits up to $7 million beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, November 27. Even if you decide not to host a peer-to-peer Facebook fundraiser, you have an opportunity to maximize your support for helping students succeed by donating to LRC through Facebook on Giving Tuesday.
 

Other Ways to Give Back

Amazon Smile

Your purchases can make a difference for students when you shop AmazonSmile and select the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. as your charity. When you holiday shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates.
 

Giving Assistant

By teaming with Giving Assistant, you may shop online, save money AND give to our cause at the same time. Simply visit ow.ly/BTar30mFF9p, sign up and choose the Learning Resource Center of Polk Co. in your settings to give back through your everyday purchases at 3,000+ online retailers.
 

2019 Schedule

ACT Prep (High School)
Jan. 7-Feb. 6, Mon/Wed
 
Study Habits (Middle School)
Feb. 11-March 18, Mon
 
SAT Prep (High School)
Feb. 12-March 7, Tues/Thurs
 
Get REAL! (High School)
Study Habits
Feb. 14-March 14, Thurs.
 
1-to-1 Tutoring
All Ages
Year-round
 

Holiday Hours & Thanksgiving

Please note that we are open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today (Monday, Nov. 19) and Tuesday, Nov. 20. We will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 21-Friday, Nov. 23 and will resume our hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26.
 

We wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday week and blessed Thanksgiving day!


 
 

2018 Back-to-School Events and Supply Drives

It’s that time again! Find 2018 back-to-school bashes and donation drives in Polk County by scrolling below.
 
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Upcoming Dates

Student orientation: Thursday, August 9
First day of school for students: Monday, August 13
 
Tax-free holiday: August 3-5
 

Bashes

Back to School Snack Pack
When: Wednesday, August 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Renaissance at Washington Ridge Property: Senior Building, 150 W 14th St., Lakeland
What: Gear up for school, and get ideas on how to fuel your kids with healthy snacks that are affordable, easy, and delicious with this free event from UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Family and Consumer Sciences. There will even be food demonstration!!
Contact: 863-519-1041, andreanikolai@ufl.edu
 
End of Summer Back to School Bash
When: Wednesday, August 1, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Gibsonia Baptist Church, 5440 U.S. 98N, Lakeland
What: This free back-to-school event by the Gibsonia Baptist Church includes games, food and fun.
Contact: 863-858-3321
 
Back to School Carnival
When: Friday, August 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Brookdale Highlands, 4250 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland
What: The carnival is $10 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. The proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Ticket purchases will include a plate of food (ribs, sliders and sides). Attendees will find a petting zoo, dunk tank, games, face painting, water balloon toss and ice cream truck. The first 30 children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.
Contact: 863-701-7820
 
Back to School First Friday
When: Friday, August 3, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Lakeland
What: Join the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, MidFlorida & St. Leo University as well as community vendors in celebrating the start of a new school year with school-themed activities. First Friday features free family-friendly entertainment, activities, live music, art receptions, a car show, and the opportunity to check out a great, locally-owned restaurant or retail establishment on the first Friday of each month.
Contact: info@downtownlakelandfl.com
 
Back to School Bash
When: Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Wilfred Smith Resource Center, 135 Avenue Y N.E., Winter Haven
What: Join Polk County Parks & Recreation for this free family event featuring free school supplies for children entering kindergarten through the fifth grade (first come, first served). Families will also enjoy music, arts & crafts, prizes, educational exhibitors and children activities.
Contact: 863-298-7898, borisrodriguez@polk-county.net
 
Back to School Community Expo
When: Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Florida Technical College Lakeland Campus, 4715 Florida Avenue S. #4, Lakeland
What: Learn about Florida Technical College’s programs while enjoying live music from Hot 101.5, exhibitors, campus tours, free food, family activities and free backpacks with school supplies kits.
Contact: Make your reservation at evenbrite.com/e/back-to-school-community-expo-tickets-47555133685.
 
Back to School Jam
When: Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Auburndale City Park
What: This event is free, but donations are encouraged and will be accepted. Attendees will be able to enjoy food, games, prizes, music, entertainment, face painting, raffles, a bookbag giveaway and more.
Contact: 321-304-0472, angelsofdestiny2@gmail.com
 
Bounce Back Party
When: Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: New Horizon Church, 400 Orchid Drive, Haines City
What: New Horizon Church’s free event for children in preschool through fifth grade will feature bounce houses, activities, games, crafts and foods.
Contact: office@nhcpolk.org
 
Mulberry’s Back to School Bash
When: Saturday, August 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Mulberry High School Gym, 1 Panther Place, Mulberry
What: The Heart of Florida Arbor and the Ministerial Alliance will be distributing backpacks (pre-registration is required) and hot dogs to celebrate the start of a new school year. Bounce houses and more will make this a fun event.
Contact: 863-427-2290
 
Summer Palooza
When: Saturday, August 4, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Simpson Park, 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Lakeland
What: New Beginnings High School is hosting the annual Summer Palooza event so that families and children will have the necessary resources to go back to school. New Beginnings’ Summer Palooza will provide necessities along with educational guest speakers, a warm meal, and entertainment throughout the morning.
Contact: Shawna Butler, 863-298-5666
 
Back to School Snack Pack
When: Tuesday, August 7, 3-4 p.m.
Where: Carrington Place Community Room, 1411 Kettles Ave., Lakeland
What: Gear up for school, and get ideas on how to fuel your kids with healthy snacks that are affordable, easy, and delicious with this free event from UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Family and Consumer Sciences. There will even be food demonstration!!
Contact: 863-519-1041, andreanikolai@ufl.edu
 
Rock the Block Back to School Bash
When: Friday, August 10-Sunday, August 12, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Harvest Church Lakeland, 2120 Airport Rd., Lakeland
What: Bring the entire family to this free community event featuring giveaways, free backpacks, free haircuts, a health fair, hot dogs, cotton candy, bounce houses and more.
Contact: 863-682-7000
 
Back to School: Party at the Pool
When: Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Spence Park, NE 1st St., Mulberry
What: Kick off the start of school with a Moana meet and greet, waterslides and the pool fun in Mulberry.
Contact: 863-393-8166
 
Lake Eva Back to School Bash
When: Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Lake Eva Banquet Hall, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City
What: This free community event is a great opportunity for parents and their children to receive needed school supplies. The bash will include: free backpacks, haircuts and food as well as bouncy houses, guest speakers and a special appearance by Smart Mouth’s Jason Alexander.
Contact: 863-438-2758
 
Belk Back-to-School Charity Sale
When: Saturday, August 25, 6-10 a.m. (& later)
Where: Belk, 1400 Town Center Dr., Lakeland
What: The Belk Charity Sale is a private sale dedicated to supporting local nonprofits. The Learning Resource Center as well as other participating charities and schools will have the opportunity to raise money by selling $5 tickets, and keeping 100% of ticket proceeds. Ticket holders will receive 20% – 70% off of Belk purchases storewide, including special savings on rarely-discounted brands plus $5 off their purchase. The presale takes place August 13-24. Stop into the Learning Resource Center (1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland) to pick up your tickets today!
 

Donation Drives

Back to School Personal Hygiene Product Drive
When: Taking place now
Where: Top Buttons Upscale Boutique, 236 N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland
What: In preparation for the upcoming school year, Top Buttons is collecting BRAND NEW personal hygiene items for the young ladies in the Wearing Confidence Program! Donate any of the suggested items below (at either of our locations) and receive $5 off any upscale thrift item.
Toothpaste, Shampoo/Conditioner, Hair brushes, Deodorant, Feminine Products, Body soap, Lotion
Contact: 863-450-4060, info@topbuttons.org
 
Miracle Toyota School Supply Drive
When: Now Through Wednesday, August 8
Where: Miracle Toyota, 37048 US-27, Haines City
What: Miracle Toyota in Haines City is planning to donate 1,500 backpacks to children in Haines City. The dealership has worked with Bethune Academy, Trinity Worship Center and Church Manantial de Bendiciones over the years to make sure students are equipped for success. This year, the dealership will donate additional backpacks for each car that’s sold, but it welcomes donations of backpacks or school supplies from those not looking to buy a car, as well.
 
Stuff the Bus
Stuff the Bus is Central Florida’s largest back-to-school campaign. In addition to the traditional school supplies that are needed such as pens, pencils, wide rule paper, folders with prongs, crayons, markers, backpacks, glue and erasers, you may also donate copy paper, facial tissue, index cards, highlighters, hand sanitizer, zip lock bags, and pencil boxes.
 
Lakeland: August 8, 7-8:30 a.m. at Hall Communications (404 West Lime St.)
Lakeland: Through Sunday, August 5 at Victory Church (1401 Griffin Road)
Bartow: Accepting donations now; Event: August 17, 5 p.m. at the Bartow Chamber (510 N. Broadway Ave. in Bartow)
 
LEGOLAND Florida School Supply Drive
When: August 2018
Where: LEGOLAND Florida, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven
What: Amusement park visitors are encouraged to bring new and unopened school supplies to donate to homeless students at Polk County Public Schools, through the Homeless Education Advocates Restoring the Hope program. Standard parking is also free at LEGOLAND Florida during the month of August.
 
Mattress Firm Foster Kids School Supply Drive
When: Now through Sunday, September 2
Where: Florida Mattress Firm locations
What: Advocates for Florida’s foster children have launched a back-to-school donation drive. Donations of backpacks filled with essential classroom items can be dropped off at Mattress Firm locations throughout the state. The drive is co-sponsored by the nonprofit Ticket to Dream Foundation and the Florida Department of Children and Families. Visit mattressfirmfosterkids.org for store locations and more information.
 
 

Search #LRCback2school on Facebook and Twitter to find more posts, blogs and information from LRC on back-to-school 2018 in Polk County.

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!