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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!


 
 

Polk 2018-2019 School Dates to Remember

POLK COUNTY 2018-2019 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Find Polk County Public School dates including first and last days, student holidays and early release days here! Interested in assessment dates for the 2018-2019 school year? Scroll down for a list of significant calendar dates affecting your PCSB student.
 

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2018

August 13 (Monday) First day of school
September 3 (Monday) School Holiday- Labor Day
September 12 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
September 17 (Monday) Student Holiday
October 3 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
October 15 (Monday) Student Holiday
November 7 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
November 12 (Monday) School Holiday – Veterans’ Day
November 19-23 (Mon-Fri) School Holiday – Thanksgiving Break
December 24-January 4 School Holiday – Winter Break

 

2019

January 7 (Monday) First day back after Winter Break
January 16 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
January 21 (Monday) School Holiday – MLK, Jr. Day
February 6 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
February 18 (Monday) School Holiday – Presidents’ Day
March 13 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
March 25-29 (Mon-Fri) School Holiday – Spring Break
April 19 (Friday) Student Holiday
April 24 (Wednesday) EARLY RELEASE DAY
May 27 (Monday) School Holiday – Memorial Day
May 30 (Thursday) Last day of school

 
For more information on the school calendar, upcoming events or Polk school information, please visit the Polk County Public Schools website where we obtained this information.
 
 

2018-2019 Assessment Schedule

 
Check back for Assessment Information

Date Assessment

Click for more Polk County testing information.
 

If you feel that your child needs help preparing for these assessments, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up One-to-One Tutoring.

 

Shop Back-to-School During the 2018 Tax-Free Weekend

Shop, and save on sales tax August 3-5!


 
The 2018 sales tax holiday will take place over three days beginning on Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5.
 
This year’s tax-free rules apply to clothing, footwear and certain accessories that cost $60 or less per item and school supplies that costs $15 or less per item.
 
Examples of items that will be exempt from tax this weekend include:

Clothing:

  • Backpacks & Book Bags
  • Belts
  • Hats
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Raincoats
  • Shirts
  • Shorts & skirts
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Swimsuits
  • Ties
  • Uniforms

Supplies:

  • Binders
  • Calculators
  • Folders
  • Markers, crayons & colored pencils
  • Notebook paper
  • Poster board
  • Pens & pencils

 
According to the Florida Department of Revenue, the holiday will NOT apply to the following:

  • Any item of clothing selling for more than $60
  • Any school supply item selling for more than $15
  • Books that are not otherwise exempt
  • Personal computers and computer-related accessories purchase for commercial purposes
  • Rentals or leases of any of these items
  • Repairs or alterations of any of these items
  • Sales of clothing or school supplies in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

 
For a complete list of exempt and non-exempt items, please CLICK HERE.
 

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!
 
 

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.
 
 

Related Posts

LRC presents 2018 summer programs
Summer camps and courses for all grade levels
 
Get “Kindergarten-Ready” with LRC
Kindergarten-Readiness Camp for students entering or repeating Grade K in the fall
 
 

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.


 
 

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.
 
 
Related Posts:
2017 ACT & SAT Dates

 
 

Support LRC and Save While You Shop the 2017 Belk Charity Sale

It’s time to support, shop and save!


LRC Belk Charity Sale 2017
 

Support

 
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.
 

Shop

 
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.
 

Save

 
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.