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Updated: 07/10/2013 08:03:11AM

More than $12,000 raised for Oklahoma tornado victims

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Christine Roslow

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Polk County Public Schools took in $12,071 as part of a district-wide fundraiser to benefit Oklahoma’s Moore School District. The money raised will go towards supporting the school district as it recovers from a devastating tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb on May 20.

In just two-weeks, the Polk Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) direct support organization for the Polk County School Board, students, staff and faculty members raised that money. Community donations accounted for $2,000. Additionally, in partnership with KidsPack, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of disadvantaged youth, and Browning Moving & Storage, a household and commercial moving company, the community banded together to collect items such as backpacks, pre-cooked meals, apparel, and flashlights.

The fundraiser started when Lake Shipp Elementary teacher Denise Price emailed former Superintendent of Schools John A. Stewart to see if she could volunteer money allocated for school room supplies. He declined instead offering this solution.

Free meals can go
to students at
selected schools

Starting in the 2013-14 school year, Polk County Public Schools will participate in the Community Eligibility Option pilot program. All students who attend preselected schools identified as having a high percentage of low-income students will be served free breakfasts and lunches without having to fill out a qualifying application for the free and reduced meal programs.

Schools in this area that have been preselected include the Achievement Academy, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Villa, Gause Academy, Gibbons Street Elementary, Griffin Elementary and Stephens Elementary.

Students who do not attend classes at the preselected schools identified for the CEO pilot program and qualify for free and reduced meal programs are being asked to fill out an online application, starting Thursday, Aug. 1. Go to and search keyword: Nutrition.

There is also an option of completing a paper application at the school where the student will be attending classes for the 2013-14 school year.

The National School Lunch and Breakfast program provides free and reduced price meals to students unable to pay the full price for meals. Household size and income will be used to determine eligibility.

PSC looking to
fill positions

Polk State has a job fair for those interested in faculty positions at its various campuses and centers.

It is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on July 16 in room LTB 1100 at Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road.

The College is looking for instructors for accounting, 2D and 3D art/photography, business analysis, business communications, computer information systems, college-credit mathematics, developmental mathematics, digital media, economics, English, finance, humanities, psychology — human development, science — biology, chemistry, physical sciences, sociology, wellness.

Job fair attendees will meet with representatives from the various disciplines, explore part-time teaching opportunities, and discuss requirements. Attendees are encouraged to bring a current resume or vita, as well as unofficial copies of academic transcripts.

Developmental courses require at least a bachelor’s degree and specific coursework and experience. College-credit courses require a master’s degree with at least 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline.

Interested applicants should contact April Robinson, associate dean of academic affairs, at or 863-298-6881 for information.

PSC extends application deadline for new
high school

Polk State College extended the application period for the new public charter high school.

Prospective students now have until the first day of class, Aug. 12, to apply for admission. Admission is permitted on the space that is available.

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School serves students who have dropped out of — or are unlikely to graduate from — high school. These include students who have not attended school in at least three months, who are supporting a child or are the primary caretakers of other family members during traditional school hours, or who are homeless.

To serve its nontraditional student body, Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College has classes during the afternoon and evening hours and provides personalized tutoring and assistance in accessing social services. Classes will also be offered both face-to-face and online for increased accessibility.

In addition, students will be required to take at least three college courses, for a jump start on their postsecondary education.

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School is free. It is at the campus of Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland. Call 863-669-2322 for information.

Registration for fall classes at PSC open

Students currently enrolled at PSC can register for the fall term through the college’s Passport.

Prospective new students should first submit an online application to the college at After doing so, they will be scheduled for an orientation session, during which they will register for their first classes.

A complete, step-by-step guide to the admission process is also available at The guide provides students with information such as how to apply for financial aid, how to request transcripts, and when to schedule placement testing. The link also provides an online course catalog, which will help students in choosing and planning a course of study.

Priority registration for students who have completed at least 30 credits is underway.

Registration for dual-enrollment students — those who are taking college classes while still in high school — will begin July 1.

Fall classes run from Aug. 19 to Dec. 11.

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