Faculty, staff and students recently played host to the Lewis Anna Woodbury 3rd Annual “Pie in the Face” Food Drive. The event, organized by educator Cassie Avellaneda, took place before Thanksgiving. All food items were donated to Help of Fort Meade, a local non-profit organization dedicated to feeding those in need.
The idea is simple! Each class is encouraged to collect as many canned goods as they can. Students who are in classes that collect the most canned goods are rewarded for their efforts, by seeing their teacher receive a pie in the face.
The winning classes were as follows:
Pre-K - Mrs. Theresa Johnson
1st Grade - Mrs. Heather Pierce
2nd Grade -Mrs. Lakisha Palmore
3rd Grade -Mr. Charles Niero
4th Grade -Ms. Debbie Gifford and Mrs. Peri Schwabrow (a tie!)
5th Grade - Mrs. Sonia Hernandez
The stakes were high for the students! Two benchmark goals were set: (1) 1,000 cans collected (2) 1,500 cans collected. At the 1,000 can mark, Assistant Principal Dana Bakos and Assistant Principal Alexandra Wise would get pies in their faces. At the 1,500 can mark, School Resource Officer Kevin O’Neal would suffer the same fate. The challenge was shall we say… “sweet as pie” for the students at Lewis Anna Woodbury.
With a grand total of 1,708 cans…….. Officer O’Neal’s idea of “cream a cop” became a reality!
The event was a huge success and fun time for the students, but more importantly it was a community project with the idea of instilling compassion in the hearts and minds of the students and throughout the community. At this time of year there is much to be thankful for, and giving back is one way to foster hope. Last year Lewis Anna Woodbury students raised 776 cans, this year they raised almost 1,000 cans more! What will next year bring? The staff and students would like to thank the community for their support in this project.
It’s that time of year! Polk County Public Schools’ Hearth Project is collecting items for its Project Fill-a-Bag campaign and collecting jackets to benefit students identified as homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless. Last year, the Hearth Project identified 2,591 homeless students.
During the 2012-2013 school year, the Hearth Project provided 1,654 bags to students. The goal of the Fill-a-Bag Project is to provide those in need with hygiene necessities throughout the year.
Project Fill-a-Bag will be collecting individually filled gallon size bags that contain full-sized containers of:
toothbrushes and toothpaste (in original packaging)
Please send individually filled bags (NOT individual items) to Gause Academy Principal Mark Thomas. The school is located at 1395 Polk Street, Bartow, FL 33830.
Please also note the Hearth Project is collecting monetary donations to contribute towards the purchase of jackets. They will be distributed before the Winter Break.
If you have any questions or if your business or organization would like to participate on a larger scale please contact Dee Dee Wright, Hearth Project Office at 863.534.0801.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please send checks payable to the Polk Education Foundation with “Hearth Project” noted. Donations can be mailed to the Hearth Project at P.O. Box 391, Bartow, FL 33831. You can also donate online through the PEF website by going to: http://www.polk-fl.net/districtinfo/departments/officeofthesuperintendent/pef.htm. Click on the icon “Donate Money” and type “Hearth” in the “Specific Program” information box. All monetary donations will generate a thank you letter with the Foundations 501 (c )(3) determination for tax purposes.
It's #tbt (Throwback Thursday) We want you to share a good memory of your child in school on the Polk County Public Schools Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/polkcountypublicschools
Harlem Globetrotters star Hi-Lite Bruton recently visited Highlands Grove Elementary to personally deliver a message about the importance of reducing bullying and violence among youth in our nation’s schools and communities. He introduced students, faculty and staff to the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” which was designed in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.
The program-focusing on Action, Bravery, and Compassion targets 6 to 12-year-old students. Mr. Bruton demonstrated his team’s signature ball handling skills as he discussed the tools kids can use to reduce bullying and how they can offer support to their peers to prevent bullying from happening.
What is bullying?
Bullying has three parts:
It’s official! Drivers in Florida are no longer allowed to text and drive. Under Florida Senate Bill 52 the Sunshine State joins dozens of states across the nation in prohibiting texting while driving. However, the bill which went into effect on October 1, only allows drivers to be stopped for a separate traffic violation before the driver can be ticketed for texting while driving.
But according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. According to other data gathered by the organization, one in 10 teen motor vehicle fatalities nationwide are a result of distracted driving, and young drivers are two-to-three times more likely than older drivers to send a text or email while driving.
Winter Haven High joins schools across the nation as they work to spread the importance of never texting and driving and the danger it poses. On Friday, November 15th, Winter Haven High’s Medical Academy in conjunction with the Winter Haven Police Department will host its 4th Annual Text and Drive Event. The goal of the event is two-part: (1) to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving (2) to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Text and Drive Event
When: Friday, November 15
Where: Winter Haven High, 600 6th St. S.E., Winter Haven, FL 33880
Time: 7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Expect to see students navigating through two obstacle courses as they play the part of the “distracted driver” and the “impaired driver.” One course will challenge students to text and drive. The other course will simulate a “Drunk Driving” experience with students wearing Beer Goggles as they navigate a golf cart around the obstacle course.
The cost for students will be $1.00 per course. All money raised will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The foundation raises awareness and funds for children and adults from around the world who are battling cystic fibrosis.
For additional information about the event, please contact Veronica Durrwachter, 863.291.5330, Ext. 259,firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be advised that more than one Polk County School Board member will be in attendance when Polk County Public Schools plays host to the Tobacco-Free Schools Rally on Tuesday, November 12. The public is invited to join Superintendent of Schools Kathryn LeRoy, the Polk County School Board members and representatives from the Tobacco-Free Partnership of Polk, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco-Free Florida Program, the American Lung Association and local SWAT chapters.
Description: Polk County School District Hosts Tobacco-Free Schools Rally
Date: Tuesday, November 12
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Mosaic Park Amphitheater, 2250 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830
Polk County Public Schools adheres to a Tobacco-Free Schools Policy in which all Polk County School Board properties and school events held off campus are designated as smoking-free and tobacco-free environments.
The goal of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of remaining smoke-free and tobacco-free. According to the 2012 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey, 9.8 percent of middle school students and 22.3 percent of high school students in Polk County reported using some form of tobacco in the past 30 days, affecting not only the user, but fellow classmates, teachers, administrators and others.
For additional information please contact: Debbie Zimmerman, Wellness Manager, Polk County Public Schools, 863.648.3057, email@example.com
Lakeland High students spent time doing push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, shuttle runs and jumping jacks under the supervision of members of the Florida National Guard. All this physical activity was a result of the Fitness Challenge, a program created by the Florida National Guard to promote a healthy living lifestyle and combat childhood obesity.
Students went through the exercises in small groups. Following each series of exercises students were asked to complete some ACT/SAT prep questions. The students who performed the best all-around were identified and celebrated. Some researchers believe there is a link between physical activity and increased academic performance.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.