Keyword for this page: PEF
The Polk Education Foundation (PEF) was presented with the fifth annual Spirit of Leadership Polk Award by Polk Vision, on May 20, 2015, during the Leadership Polk Class VIII Graduation Luncheon at The Lake Eva Center in Haines City. Susan Copeland, the PEF’s Executive Director, accepted the award from Sherriff Grady Judd, representing last year’s winner, the Polk County Sherriff’s Department.
Leadership Polk is a Polk Vision program that brings together current and emerging leaders from across the county to develop diverse networks of resourceful, informed and proactive leaders who will create a more vibrant county and region. Around 100 alumni attended the event. Two awards are given out by Leadership Polk's Alumni Association each year, one to an organization and one to an individual.
The Spirit of Leadership Polk Award is presented to an organization (public or private) that actively bridges the leadership gap that led to the creation of Leadership Polk in the first place. The award spotlights an organization that is operating across the county and in a way that specifically enhances the leadership pools in our communities. The Polk Education Foundation was recognized for the work they do not only helping to support teachers through professional development, grants for their classrooms and supplies to enhance student learning through their Free Teacher Market, but for supporting student growth through educational opportunities and scholarships. The PEF was started 27 years ago as a vehicle to award scholarships to Polk County graduates, helping them attend college and prepare for life as professionals. The Polk Education Foundation was also honored this school year being ranked #17 in the nation in a comparison of the education foundations of like sized school districts.
Honored separately that day, with the Spirit of Leadership Individual Award, was Jerry Miller, who is the PEF’s current board President. Miller is pictured above with other PEF Board members who attended the event (R to L) Cindy Price and Tracy Mouncey; the PEF's Executive Director Susan Copeland, and Sherriff Grady Judd.
In the 2014 report "Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation" conducted by Dewey & Associates, the Polk Education Foundation (PEF) ranked #6 in Florida, and #17 in the nation, when compared against education foundations from like sized school districts.. Performance categories used to do the comparative study were:revenues, revenues per student, assets, assets per student, grant and program expenses, grant and program expenses per student, investment income and volunteers.When compared against Foundations with similar revenues, the PEF ranked #2 in the nation. Read the complete report here. View Polk Education Foundation's national rankings here.
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.
The 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.
The vision of the Polk Education Foundation is to help enhance public school programs and to help students reach their educational goals.
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.
Address - 1530 Shumate Drive, Bartow, FL 33830
Phone - (863) 534-0519
Fax - (863) 519-3791
|Susan Copeland||Executive Director||534-0434|
|Shirley Brosie||Accountant Specialist||534-5073|
|Shannan Combee||Grants Manager, Teacher to Teacher Connection Program Director||534-0803|
|Lou Ann Antonelli||Administrative Assistant||534-0519|
|Take Stock in Children, College Success Coach||519-8076|
|TBD||Take Stock in Children, Program Coordinator||519-8077|
|Kristen LeFan||AmeriCorps Polk Reads, Program Director||519-8638|
|Jerry Miller||President||Duke Energy|
|Kathryn Koch||Vice President||Lanier Upshaw|
|Tracy Kimbrough||Secretary/Treasurer||Baylis and Company, PA|
|Mary Ruth Wilson||Immediate Past President||Central Ridge, Inc.|
|Carol Barnett||Publix Super Markets Charities|
|Arielle Brodsky||State Farm|
|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|
|Blinda Pullen||Bank of America|
|Ken Reeves||Buttercrust Bakery|
|Emily Rogers||Emily Rogers Consulting and Coaching|
|John Santarpia||Magnify Credit Union|
|John Stargel||Polk County Circut Judge|
|Richard Stephens||Holland & Knight|
|Steve Warner||Florida Polytechnic University|
|Terry Worthington||United Way of Central Florida|