Keyword for this page: Partners
Good education is good for business and good for the community. The purpose of the Partners in Education program is to strengthen the educational process through collaborative relationships between schools and the community.
As a Partner in Education, you can help prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s responsible, accomplished, and self-confident leaders. Your participation helps forge the type of employees your company desires and needs. Your commitment to each student’s success provides a community-minded model for our future adults.
Whether you have 5, 10, 100, or 1000 employees, you are a valued member of the school community. Partnerships formed through our office are mutually advantageous, providing many benefits to the participating business as well as to the students.
Each partnership is unique and individually planned. Through collaboration, your business/organization and your employees can serve today’s students, tomorrow’s employees. Mentor students, be a career and motivational speakers, contribute products to a school’s incentive program, judge academic fairs, the list is long and varied.
Get started! Become a partner today and find the perfect match that will enable you to reap the many rewards of making education a part of your business.
Becoming a Partner in Education with a public school in Polk County is easy.
If you are uncertain as to where your efforts would be of most value, contact the Community Involvement office at 863-534-0636. We’ll work with you to evaluate your resources and help you select a school.
Still have questions? Check out our FAQs.
Thank You to our 2008-2009 Donors & Sponsors. Below is a list of donors/sponsors who have supported the Polk Education Foundation during the 2008-2009 year.
Interested in helping the Foundation expand it's reach? Click here to find out more information on becoming a sponsor/donor!
Parent and community members provide valuable resources and programs to Polk County Public Schools when they participate in parent organizations. These organizations collaborate with schools, but have separate financial requirements and obligations. All organizations must comply with district audit requirements, must carry liability insurance, register with the IRS and apply for a Florida sales tax number.
The Great American Teach-In is an annual event to celebrate American Education Week. Members of the community are invited to our schools to speak to students about careers, travel and hobbies. Speakers tell how their early educational experiences relate to their current life. It is an opportunity to educate students about the world of work in a way that the students will never forget!
Students enjoy the opportunity to hear real stories from real community members. Each year Teach-In volunteers inspire students to keep focused and keep looking ahead to the future. Volunteers have come in costume, brought their equipment, put on plays, offered potentially life-saving information, showed off their pets, discussed career options, shared precious souvenirs, talked about other parts of the world, brought the past to life, performed a song or dance, cooked delicious meals, stepped down from the pedestal of celebrity to meet students at their level or simply read a story to little ones.
The Teach-In introduces students to career options they might never have considered, hobbies they might never have discovered and activities they might never have experienced. Students learn from professionals, trades people, parents, community members and other students. The annual event enriches the students and the volunteers alike.
Want to join the fun? Contact the school of your choice and offer to be part of this exciting and meaningful event.
Thank you for serving as a Great American Teach-In volunteer! Our children, teachers, and community thank you for sharing your time.
The following guidelines are designed to make your day as a speaker even more enjoyable for everyone.
Please contact the Community Involvement office at 863-534-0818 to register as a Great American Teach-In volunteer.
Thank you and have fun!