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Find It & Fund It Polk, established in February 2015, is an interactive online portal for Polk County Public and Charter School classrooms, which allows teachers to post projects and classroom ideas which need funding and provides an opportunity for members of the community to support local classroom work by making donations towards these requests.
Thanks to Wells Fargo, we are offering a $50 Match Opportunity: The first 20 projects receiving a single donation of $50 or more will receive a $50 match until the matching funds run out. This is a great way to maximize your contribution.
The window for teachers to post projects for the 2016 - 2017 school year opened August 26 and teachers can post requests until September 30. If you are interested in funding a project, follow the link to access the Find It & Fund It Polk website. Donations can be made through October 21. Projects can be found by searching according to Teacher, School, or Category. Partial and full funding is accepted. All donations made to this program are tax-deductable. Once a donation is made, money will be sent to the Polk Education Foundation, and then the Foundation will disperse the funds to the individual teachers through their school. Please note that if a teacher receives partial funding and cannot complete the original project, that teacher may use the donated money to fund a similar classroom project.
Students using Weekly Readers/ Enjoying new historical fiction books!
Both participating teachers received funding through the Find It Fund It portal.
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|
|Brenda Baxley||Administrative Secretary||534-0519|
|Take Stock in Children, College Success Coach||519-8076|
|Lindsay Heruska||Take Stock in Children, Program Advisor||519-8077|
|Steve Chapman||AmeriCorps Polk Reads, Program Director||519-8638|
|Kathryn Koch||President||Lanier Upshaw|
|Tracy Kimbrough||Vice President||Baylis and Company, PA|
|Ken Reeves||Secretary/Treasurer||Butterkrust Bakery|
|Jerry Miller||Immediate Past President||Duke Energy|
|Arielle Brodsky||State Farm|
|Jacqueline Byrd||Polk County Schools Superintendent|
|Paula Dockery||Cardinal Insurance|
|Ebbie Sue Doherty||W.S. Badcock Corporation|
|Al Dorsett||Community Activist, Magnify Credit Union|
|Clint Edwards||Edwards Chrysler Jeep Dodge|
|Mimi Hardman||Community Activist|
|Hollis Hooks||Morgan Stanley Wealth Management|
|Jan Mercer-Hyman||Bright House Networks|
|Jarvis Kendrick||MIDFLORIDA Credit Union|
|Tracy Mouncey||Tracy Mouncey and Associates|
|Steve Petrie||Florida Southern College|
|Blinda Pullen||Bank of America|
|Emily Rogers||Emily Rogers Consulting and Coaching|
|John Stargel||Polk County Circut Judge|
|Richard Stephens||Holland & Knight|
|Jennie Walker||Citizen's Bank & Trust|
|Steve Warner||Florida Polytechnic University|
|Lynn Wilson||Polk County School Board Member|
|Mary Ruth Wilson||Community Activist|
|Terry Worthington||United Way of Central Florida|