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LRC News & Times, October 2018


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.

LRC After-School Job Openings

LRC seeks certified teachers and paraprofessionals for 21st Century After-School Adventures programs in Poinciana. The programs will begin on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, so please be sure to reach out to us as soon as possible if you are interested and meet the requirements.
LRC Seeks After-School Teachers

LRC has the following opportunities available:


Lake Marion Creek Middle School

  • Four certified teachers (Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.)
  • Two paraprofessionals (Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.)

    Laurel Elementary

  • One paraprofessional (Wednesdays only, 3-5:30 p.m.)
  • Three paraprofessionals (Monday-Thursday, 3-5:30 p.m.)

    Palmetto Elementary

  • Four certified teachers (Monday-Friday, 3-5:30 p.m.)
  • Two paraprofessionals (Monday-Friday, 3-5:30 p.m.)
    Certified teacher duties include, but are not limited to, supervision of students and implementation of project-based learning lessons as prescribed by the program coordinator.
    Paraprofessional duties include, but are not limited to, student supervision, implementation of pro-social behavior and physical activity curriculum, as well as additional enrichment activities as approved by the program coordinator and school principal.
    The work schedule is 2- 2.5 hours per day, Monday-Thursday or Monday-Friday, depending on the site. The certified teacher pay rate is $20 per hour and the paraprofessional pay rate is $15 per hour. Bilingual/ESOL desired.
    If you are a current, certified teacher or paraprofessional and interested in an opportunity listed above, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 863-688-9477 or email us at GraceV@lrcpolk.com. We need your assistance!

    Polk 2018-2019 School Dates to Remember


    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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    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



    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.


    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


    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!

    Take adventure to the next level at Camp Discovery

    Join LRC and All Saints Academy for weekly academic adventures at Camp Discovery!

    Camp Discovery grants students entering first though fifth grade in Fall 2018 the opportunity to examine, inquire and create from the world around them through individual, week-long adventures. These science-themed camps also challenge students to use critical thinking, reading, writing, science and math skills, allowing them to gain and grow important skills in an effort to prevent summer learning loss.
    Each week presents a new theme that is useful and relevant to students. The remaining two themes are listed below.
    LRC Camp Discovery

    Camp Themes

    Week 3, June 18-22
    Dream It, Build It, Win It– Create structures and devices with common and recycled materials for friendly competition.
    Week 4, June 25-29
    Game World– Design and play board games, carnival games, minute-to-win-it challenges and video games using Scratch and Hour of Code.
    A new camp runs weekly, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at All Saints Academy located at 5001 State Road 540 in Winter Haven.
    Select the dates your child would like to attend or register for both! The cost per week is $230.
    To reserve your child’s place, don’t delay! Do so today by clicking: Summer Programs or call LRC at 863-688-9477 for more details and to learn about our sliding fee scale based on gross family income.

    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
    Gain Success in Reading at Camp Rockin’ READ!
    An Orton-Gillingham reading camp for students entering grades 2-4

    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

    Get “Kindergarten-Ready” with LRC

    Camp READY! dates are set for Summer 2018, and camps are kicking off soon.

    If you have a rising or repeating kindergartner, ensure they’re prepared for school and academic success by enrolling them in the Learning Resource Center’s annual kindergarten-readiness program. On average, Camp READY! students have shown growth of four to seven months from pre- to post-assessment in just four weeks. Through hands-on, experiential learning centers lead by qualified teachers, students will experience learning that is fun!
    With art, music and movement, cooking, and reading-readiness centers, Camp READY! builds pre-reading skills while also providing a safety net to allow children more time to continue motor, social and cognitive development. Teachers will engage students in themed, rich language-laden lessons, while also providing learning opportunities for parent involvement at camp and at home.
    The program is designed for students entering or repeating kindergarten in August 2018.
    This year, Camp READY! is scheduled to take place at nine campsites throughout Polk County. Each camp will last a total of four weeks. Dates and times vary by location. (Please see below)
    The cost of camp is $25 for the entire month and includes a shirt.
    Camp will wrap up with a parent program on the final day, where parents will be invited to watch their child in a performance showcasing what they learned at camp.

    To Register

    To register your child before spots are filled, please click on your desired campsite below, call LRC at 863-688-9477 or stop in at the LRC office located at 1628 S. Florida Ave. in Lakeland.

    Camp dates and locations:

    June 4-June 28, 2018

    Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m.-12 p.m.

    June 6-June 28, 2018

    Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    June 11-July 3, 2018

    Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    July 5-July 27, 2018

    Monday-Friday, 8:30-12 p.m.

    *Camp READY! at All Saints Academy is at maximum capacity.

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    LRC presents 2018 summer programs
    Summer camps and courses for all grade levels

    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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    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 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.