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PEF "Spotlight"

AC group at 20/20 day
On Saturday, June 28, representatives from Volunteer Florida and 120 AmeriCorps members from around central Florida convened on Bartow as the Polk Education Foundation hosted the central Florida service project to celebrate the 20th anniversary of both Volunteer Florida and AmeriCorps. Members did campus beautification projects at two local schools so the students and staff have welcoming environments to return to this Fall. Thank you all!
Click here to see Volunteer Florida's picture gallery from the day.


Just One for the Kids PCSB
Employee Payroll Deduction

Give “Just One for the Kids” and help the PEF raise money for student and teacher programs in Polk County. If every employee gave just one dollar per week, we could raise over $600,000 towards helping promote education in our district! Click on the Just One for the Kids button at the top of the to make an online donation or click here to use our payroll deduction card.

About Us

Polk Education Foundation LogoThe Polk Education Foundation was created in 1988, as a 501 C 3 direct-support organization for the Polk County School Board. The Foundation serves as the fiscal agent and manager of many educational programs for Polk County Schools. We serve to enhance educational programs for students with private and corporate funds. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community, educational and business leaders, the Foundation has raised and spent over $34 million dollars.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Polk Education Foundation is to help enhance public school programs and to help students reach their educational goals.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Polk Education Foundation is to establish a proactive partnership
between the community and the public school system to link community resources with the
educational needs of its students through reading and mentoring programs, scholarships,
school grants and other educational endeavors.


  • Sensitize the community to the needs of local schools and students.
  • Develop and enhance educational programs and initiatives for students.
  • Raise significant financial support for local schools and help to underwrite countywide programs for students.
  • Challenge parents, business leaders and the extended community to become involved in and be supportive of their local schools, their students and the district's education foundation.

2012-13 Annual Report

2011-2012 Financial Documents

Click Here to View the 2012-2013 PEF Financial Audit

Click Here to View the 2012-2013 PEF Form 990

Contact Information

Address - 1530 Shumate Drive, Bartow, FL 33830
Phone - (863) 534-0519
Fax - (863) 519-3791

Staff Listing

All phone number area codes are (863)

Name: Title: Phone:
Susan Copeland Executive Director 534-0434
Shirley Brosie Accountant Specialist II 534-5073
Shannan Combee Grants Manager, T2T Program Director 534-0803
Lou Ann Antonelli Administrative Assistant 534-0519

Cheryl Arrington

Take Stock in Children, Student Advocate 519-8076
TBA Take Stock in Children, College Success Coach 519-8077
Kristen LeFan AmeriCorps Polk Reads, Program Director 519-8637

Visit our Staff Directory to contact any staff member via e-mail

Polk Education Foundation
Board of Directors


Name: Title: Organization:
Jerry Miller President Duke Energy
Kathryn Koch Vice President Lanier Upshaw
Tracy Kimbrough Secretary/Treasurer Bayliss and Company, PA
Mary Ruth Wilson Immediate Past President Central Ridge, Inc.

Board Members

Name: Organization:
Todd Andrus LEGOland
Carol Barnett Publix Super Markets Charities
Paula Dockery Cardinal Insurance
Ebbie Sue Doherty W.S. Badcock Corporation
Al Dorsett Community Activist, Magnify Credit Union
Mimi Hardman Community Activist
Hollis Hooks Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Jan Mercer-Hyman Bright House Networks
Jarvis Kendrick MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
Kathryn LeRoy Polk County Schools Superintendent
Deb Misch Community Activist
Tracy Mouncey Tracy Mouncey and Associates
Dick Mullenax Polk County School Board Member
Steve Petrie Florida Southern College
Cindy Price TECO
Blinda Pullen Bank of America
Emily Rogers Emily Rogers Consulting and Coaching
John Santarpia Magnify Credit Union
Sherrin Smyers Eventrics
John Stargel Polk County Circut Judge
Richard Stephens Holland & Knight
Steve Warner Florida Polytechnic University
Terry Worthington United Way of Central Florida