A mobile library is now up and running as part of Polk County Public Schools’ Books Bridge Program. It is an initiative aimed at increasing student literacy by motivating students to read more. There will be weekly visits to Auburndale Central Elementary, Oscar J. Pope Elementary, Kingsford Elementary and Alturas Elementary in hopes of forming a literacy bridge between home and school and between teacher and parents.
The Books Bridge mobile library will serve preschool students and parents in the morning and elementary students and parents in the afternoon. The mobile library will be staffed with a certified library media specialist and a paraeducator/driver.
Parents who want to register can contact one of the schools for a schedule of when the Books Bridge mobile library will be in their neighborhood.
The program is paid for by the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant. In October, Polk County Public Schools became one of 46 grant applicants to get nearly $400,000 in the first year of the two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Bartow IB student
Bartow High IB senior Terrence Commons is a National Achievement Scholarship winner after being selected as a finalist in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program. He was selected based on his record of accomplishments and potential for academic success in college.
More than 160,000 students were entered in the program when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Sixteen hundred semifinalists were chosen from the program pool, and 1,300 students advanced to become finalists. Of the finalists, a group of 800 students was selected to receive Achievement Scholarships.
Clemons completes basic training
Navy Seaman Recruit Jamaurice M. Clemons, a 2012 graduate of Bartow High School, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Clemons completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is Battle Stations which gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. Battle Stations is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ‘Navy’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.
Bartow student inducted into honor society
Flagler College senior Laura Modrall of Bartow was inducted into the Phi Omicron chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official national communication honor society for undergraduates. Lambda Pi Eta was initiated by the students of the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas and was then endorsed by the faculty and founder, Dr. Stephen A. Smith in 1985. There are currently 250 chapters worldwide.
Air Force Airman Cade L. Adams, a 2012 graduate of Bartow High, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Adams is the son of Jennifer and Jeffrey Adams of East Hermosa Avenue, Bartow.