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The Learning Resource Center needs YOU!

LRC Virtual Job Fair November 2020
Do you have a passion for teaching, desire a flexible work schedule, enjoy creative freedom and/or want to make a difference in the life of a student?
If you answered yes to any of these, consider tutoring or teaching with LRC part-time!
Join us for a virtual hiring event on Monday, November 23 or Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m. to learn about our available one-to-one or small group opportunities to help students become more successful academically. During the event, we’ll introduce you to our organization by sharing details about who we are and the work we do throughout the community, tell you about our positions, and explain the hiring process.
Our variety of opportunities include virtual or in-person, one-to-one or small group, school hours or afterschool, weekdays or weekends, and year-round or summer.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Pam Craven at pamelac@LRCpolk.com or call LRC at 863-688-9477 for your personal ZOOM invitation or to set-up an interview. When registering, please let us know which session you’d like to attend.
For additional information about LRC programs and services, visit LRCpolk.com.

Save the date for Giving Tuesday 2020 with LRC


You know about Black Friday, you know about Cyber Monday—do you know about Giving Tuesday? It’s an international day of giving that was established in 2012, and it’s happening on December 1. We invite you to mark your calendars and participate with us!

LRC’s Initiative

This year, the Learning Resource Center is celebrating the day by raising money for our GED program, which offers one-to-one tutoring and support for students in our community who are studying to attain their GED.

Get Involved

There are tons of ways to get involved! Donate to our GED fund, spread the word about our fundraiser, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for stories from our GED students about how your support can make a difference in their lives.
Can’t wait until the event? Click here to donate and support our adult students now!

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
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!


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

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.

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

LRC Learning and Loving It

Step by step instructions for using a cootie catcher (or fortune teller)

LRC Cootie Catcher

    1. Take a single piece of paper, fold, and label–Click for diagram
    2. Poke your thumbs and forefingers under the flaps.
    3. Bring your fingers together so the Cootie Catcher forms a peak.
    4. Pick a color and spell it out, moving the catcher vertically and horizontally with your fingers for each letter.
    5. Pick a number and count it out, moving the catcher vertically and horizontally with your fingers for each number.
    6. Pick a number and lift the corresponding flap and answer the question.
    7. Repeat steps 3-5.

Note: Cootie Catchers are great for reading comprehension questions, vocabulary words and definitions, formulas, math facts, geography, science, and history.

Tried it? Share how it worked for you or add any suggestions on our Facebook page: LRCPolk.
Click for additional Learning & Loving It activities!

“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 at the current time.
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.

It may be hard to believe, but the end of summer is nearing. Celebrate the end of the break and prepare for the new school year with our guide of 2019 back-to-school bashes and donation drives in Polk County.


Upcoming Dates

Tax-free holiday: August 2-6
Student orientation: Thursday, August 8
First day of school for students: Monday, August 12


Back to School First Friday
When: Friday, August 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Lakeland
What: Join the Downtown Lakeland Partnership and MidFlorida Credit Union 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
Taco Bus Backpack Giveaway
When: Friday, August 2, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Taco Bus Lakeland, 126 S. Kentucky Blvd., Lakeland
What: Join Taco Bus between 7-10 p.m. for 99 cent tacos and a backpack giveaway! They have over 350+ backpacks in all colors. 1 is available per child who must be present to receive it.
Contact: 863-816-5407
2nd Annual Backpack Giveaway
When: Saturday, August 3, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Larry R Jackson Library, 1700 N Florida Ave., Lakeland
What: Class of the Millennium Presents this giveaway event. Kids must be present to recieve a backpack, and first come, first served while supplies lasts.
Back to School Bash
When: Saturday, August 3, 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 fifth grade (first come, first served). Families will also enjoy music, arts & crafts, prizes, educational exhibitors and children activities. Parent and child must be present to receive school supplies.
Contact: 863-298-7898
Back to School Bash and Barbecue
When: Saturday, August 3, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Imperial Lakes Keller Williams Office, 5950 Imperial Lakes Boulevard, Mulberry
What: This is a community event offering prizes, raffles, games and plates of barbeque for a $3 donation to help those in need of school supplies and Polk County Schools.
Contact: 863-934-6134
Back to School Supplies Giveaway
When: Saturday, August 3, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Frostproof Care Center, 17 South Scenic Hwy
What: Frostproof students may stop into the Frostproof Care Center for free school supplies while supplies last, first come first served.
Contact: 863-635-5555
Blast Off Bartow Back to School Bash
When: Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Carver Recreation Center, 520 South Idlewood Avenue, Bartow
What: Student attendees Pre-K to 12th grade will be able to leave with free school supplies and information for the upcoming school year. There will be vendors offering food, free haircuts, backpacks, free health screenings, books, free clothes, shoes and more. Please register ahead of time as supplies will be first come, first served.
Blast Off Bartow Back to School Fiesta
When: Saturday, August 3, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Lake Alfred Public Library, 245 N. Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred
What: Celebrate with the Lake Alfred Public Library at the Back to School Fiesta, free for all ages. Enjoy face-painting, refreshments, cookie-decorating, music, games, backpack raffle, and a school supply giveaway.
Contact: 863-291-5378
End of Summer Back to School Block Party
When: Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Ultimate Dance Center lot, 2980 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland
What: Celebrate the end of summer and kick off another fresh school year with Ultimate Dance Center and M&M Backyard Adventures for a free day of fun with food and drink specials by Jade Fox, China 1 and Buddha’s Pub plus shaved ice and ice cream from Tikiz of Polk County and Tampa. They’ll be moonbounces, giant Legos, dancing, a live DJ, games, and more. OPEN to the public.
Contact: 863-644-5275
Lake Eva Back to School Bash
When: Saturday, August 3, 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 access to the water park and entertainment. Register in advance online at www.uicpolk.org/events.
Contact: 863-438-2758
Mulberry’s Back to School Bash
When: Saturday, August 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Mulberry High School Gym, 1 Panther Place, Mulberry
What: For students who attend Kingsford or Purcell Elementary; This event features free hot dogs, games, snacks and a backpack with school supplies to the first 500 pre-registrants of Kingsford or Purchell Elementary.
Contact: lholstein@cityofmulberry.com
Summer Palooza
When: Saturday, August 3, 10-2 p.m.
Where: RP Funding Center-Jenkins Arena, 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 guest speakers, entertainment, vendors, door prizes and more.
Contact: Shawna Butler, 863-298-5666
Back to School Jam
When: Sunday, August 4, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Winter Haven High School
What: Join WiLD 94.1 at this free community event for students of any school featuring food trucks, giveaways, haircuts, performances, and more.
Boost Mobile Back to School Event
When: Sunday, August 4, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Boost Mobile, 6840 S Florida Ave, Lakeland
What:Score a new backpack and school supplies for your student at a participating Boost Mobile location during the back-to-school event. There will be music, games and fun for the whole family.
Fresh Back to School Event
When: Sunday, August 4, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Kathleen High School, 1100 Red Devil Way, Lakeland
What: PUSH’D and For the C.U.L.T.U.R.E presents this back-to-school event with food & drinks, activities, a DJ, and a backpack giveaway.
Contact: fortheculture.iou@gmail.com
Rock the Block Back to School Bash
When: Friday, August 9-Sunday, August 11, 4-7:30 p.m.
Where: Harvest Church Lakeland, 2120 Airport Rd., Lakeland
What: Bring the entire family to this community event featuring giveaways, food, bounce houses and more.
500 backpacks will be given out 4 p.m.
Family Fun and games 4-6 p.m.
Family Kidz Xplosion 6-7:30 p.m.
Giveaways 7:30 p.m.
Back to School Community Expo
When: Saturday, August 10, 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, while supplies lasts To participate, you must register in person on campus.
Back to School Supply Giveaway
When: Saturday, August 10 12-2 p.m.
Where: DUTCH Seafood Takeout, 817 north mass., Lakeland
What: Who’s Who in Business and Dutch Seafood present this event featuring gift card raffles, face painting, a bounce house and seafood special. To donate items for the supply event, drop off items Dutch Seafood or Crystal’s World of Dance (801 N Massachusetts).
Contact: pcwwb.fl@gmail.com, 8636405832
Rent King Back 2 School Bash
When: Saturday, August 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Rent King, 2610 US Hwy 92 E, Lakeland, Florida 33801
What: Get back-to-school ready with Rent King where you’ll find back to school deals of the summer, backpack and gift card giveaways, and free food & drinks and activities for the kids.
Contact: 863-802-1928; rentking009@hotmail.com
Belk Back-to-School Charity Sale
When: Saturday, August 24, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
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 12-23. Stop into the Learning Resource Center (1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland) to pick up your tickets today!

Donation Drives

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: Now at the Learning Resource Center (1628 S. Florida Ave.)
Lakeland: Wednesday, August 7, 7-9 a.m. with Emerge Lakeland at the RP Funding Center (404 W. Lime St.)- Volunteer to organize supply donations
Lakeland: August 7, 7-8:30 a.m. at Hall Communications (404 West Lime St.)
Bartow: Now at the Bartow Chamber (510 N. Broadway Ave. in Bartow)