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It’s time to support, shop and save!

LRC Belk Charity Sale 2017


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.


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.


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.

“Desiree is a wonderful young lady. She works extremely hard, is conscientious, polite, appreciative, smart and goal-oriented.” – Lesley Chambers, Director of Student Services for Harrison School of the Arts
Mike Grady Scholarship Winner
Selected by the Mike Grady family, Desiree Carosi is the recipient of LRC’s 2016 Mike Grady Scholarship. In her application essay, Desiree told of her move from Italy to Lakeland two years ago, the recent fire that destroyed her home and possessions (including her beloved piano and music). She also told of her struggle with preparing for the tests, which would open or close the gates to her dream of majoring in music at a respected college. Desiree is a student at Harrison School of the Arts.
“Desiree was chosen for her inspiration, passion, and perseverance in continuing to pursue her life’s dream despite obstacles. The judges for the scholarship were impressed with her dedication to her education and her contribution to her school and community.” – Jon Brock, son-in-law of Mr. Grady

About the Mike Grady Scholarship

LRC was fortunate to have a champion in Mike Grady assuming leadership roles during much of the Learning Resource Center’s existence. When Mike Grady passed away in 2004, he left behind a legacy that has inspired LRC to celebrate his commitment to the community with the “Mike Grady Scholarship”. Each year, one student is selected to receive full tuition for the LRC’s comprehensive 23-hour SAT/ACT Preparation Course. The value of this year’s scholarship is $440.
LRC considers applicants who are role models within their high school that have clear secondary education goals when awarding the Mike Grady Scholarship.

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Menelik Graham Wins LRC Scholarship

We have joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide, and hope that you will too!
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#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. This year the initiative will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
Those who are interested in joining us for the LRC #GivingTuesday initiative can make a donation online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/lrcpolk. The donations we receive will help further our cause in helping deserving students receive the educational help that they need and providing students the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

Join the event on Facebook.


About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website GivingTuesday.org.

A look at LRC’s 2015 Summer

Every June brings an incredible array of educational adventures to the always-open doors of LRC. Some are long-time traditional classes, and others are brand-new opportunities to meet the academic needs of the community. Summer 2015, too, is appropriately unique in its offerings.
Here is an overview:

Nine Camp READY!’s

Campers aged 5-6 years old participate in LRC’s award-winning month-long activity-based program designed to increase their success in Kindergarten. Sites for 2015 are Frostproof, Lake Wales, Winter Haven, Haines City, Poinciana, Bartow, Ft. Meade, North Lakeland, and South Lakeland.

Super Summer Success  

Elementary school students perfected their reading and math skills in engaging projects and participatory activities. The classes were hosted at Highland City Elementary School for four weeks.  Parents were invited to celebrate completed projects and learning gains.

Study Habits for Highly Successful Students

Middle School and High School students identified and practiced strategies to improve organization and time management skills, test-taking techniques, critical thinking, listening and focusing tips, and effective communication in a week-long class at LRC Offices.

ACT, SAT, GRE, and TOEFL Test Prep

LRC is offering test preparation to students with myriad needs this summer. Students hoping to secure a Bright Futures Scholarships or college acceptance are enrolled in classes at the LRC Center. Students studying with the Galindo Tennis Academy are working with English vocabulary and grammar in classes held on Florida Southern College campus.

Community-based Education

Two new initiatives through Heartland for Children take LRC teachers to Auburndale and Sebring. IRACE, an initiative to involve underserved youth, has partnered with LRC to offer intensive math tutoring, study skills, and Florida Virtual School coaching.  Hansen House, a residential program in Highlands County, is the scene for one-to-one tutoring.


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Eight Fun Facts about Camp READY!
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Camp READY! 2015 is “On Go”
Begin Your Journey to Success with College Success Planning
Acquire the Study Habits of Successful Students with LRC

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Menelik Graham exemplifies the servant leadership qualities embodied in the legacy of the man for whom his scholarship is named.
Menelik is the Learning Resource Center’s 2015 Mike Grady Scholarship winner.  A junior at Auburndale High School, Menelik is currently ranked number one in his class with a 4.64 GPA, captains the AHS Soccer Team, and holds executive board positions in the Interact and National Honor Society campus organizations. Sarah Cook, College & Career Advisor, affirms that “Menelik demonstrates integrity, leadership, and academic excellence through his school work and the organizations that he has committed to making a difference.
The Mike Grady Scholarship is awarded annually to a high school student who, in an essay, expresses the need for financial aid in order to participate in LRC’s SAT or ACT Preparation Course, valued at $440. The judges for the scholarship were impressed with his clarity of goals and belief in the unlimited powered that the opportunity for learning can produce. The late Mike Grady was a champion for education and students in Polk County.  He had a strong commitment to LRC and helped provide academic assistance to many families in the community.
The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. helps students maximize their learning potential by providing personalized educational programs, consultative services for parents and programs to accommodate community needs.