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2017 Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection Idea Expo


Twentyone years and counting! In 2017-2018, the Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection celebrated 21 years of awarding grants to teachers. We started a new decade of supporting teachers through minigrant funding in 2017.

Educators from Polk and Hardee Counties visited to learn about innovative classroom program ideas during the 2017 Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection IDEA Expo. The T2T/S2S Idea Expo took place Thursday, October 12 at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. Eighteen new Developers joined the ranks at the 2017 Idea Expo. Over 60 current and previous Developers shared winning classroom ideas that enhance learning for students in the Central Florida area.

The Expo, held each year, is open to PreK-8th grade educational stakeholders to drop in between 3:30-6:30 PM. The admission is free, refreshments are served and door prizes awarded. Vendors from area businesses will also be present to highlight perks for educators. The event is held each year by the Polk Education Foundation through partnerships with the Hardee Education Foundation and other local businesses.

All classrooms and schools can benefit from additional funding. The Expo makes it possible for teachers in grades PreK-8 to apply for Adapter Grants which provide the supply money to replicate a program exhibited at the Expo. The Adapter Grant deadline is November 6, 2017. Should a teacher have an innovative idea of their own and wish to apply for a Developer Grant, they could be awarded as much as $600 for a classroom grant or $1,000 for a school grant, if chosen. The Developer Grant deadline is February 1, 2018 for classroom/school grants.

For more details or to become a personal or business sponsor of this event – contact Shannan Combee, Program Director, Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection, Polk Education Foundation, 1530 Shumate Drive, Bartow, Florida 33830, 863-534-0803 or .

Sponsor Brochure 2017-2018

Developer Grants are currently closed.

Adapter Grants due November 6, 2017

T2T Adapter Grant Application

S2S Adapter Grant Application

Thank You to Sponsors, Vendors & Door Prize Contributors!

Vendor Booths at 2017 Expo:

National Louis Univeristy, Polk County Reading Council, Skate World, Suncoast Credit Union, Universal Studios

2017 Program Sponsors

Cemex, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, Hardee Education Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., and Wells Fargo.

Publix Supermarket CharitiesHardee Education Foundation


cemex Wells Fargo CFEF


Thank You to the following businesses for door prize and goodie bag donations!

Badcock & More, Caryola Experience, CVS, DUKE Energy, MOSI, Publix, Scout and Tag, Tapatios,Target (N. Lakeland and South Lakeland), & many more!

Photos from the IDEA Expo

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