PHOTO BY LARRY JEWETT
Front row, from left, Aundrea Coleman, Bailey Galloway, Brooke Duke, Cody Smith, Joseph McNally. Back row, from left, Ashton Owen, Shanika Williams, Coach Ashley Daughtry.
As the new school year began, students and staff at Bartow Middle School faced plenty of unknowns. There were the usual changes, a few that were not usual and the uncertainty of how programs were going to be affected by budgets or participation requirements.
Bartow Middle School had become involved in intra-scholastic athletics last year. The Polk County School Board had taken the step to steward organized activity and made it optional for the schools to participate. Bartow Middle School seized that opportunity with several programs that allowed students to enhance their educational experience with activities like athletics. To the relief of many, those activities are continuing in the 2013-14 school year.
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