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Save the date! 2017 Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection Idea Expo is set for October 12th!


Twenty years and counting! In 2016-2017, the Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection celebrated 20 years of awarding grants to teachers. We start a new decade of supporting teachers through minigrant funding in 2017.

Educators from Polk and Hardee Counties are invited to learn about innovative classroom program ideas during the 2017 Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection IDEA Expo. The T2T/S2S Idea Expo will take place Thursday, October 12 at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. Eighteen new Developers are joining the ranks at the 2017 Idea Expo. Over 70 current and previous Developers will share 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, 2017 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 are currently closed.

Thank You to Sponsors, Vendors & Door Prize Contributors!

Vendor Booths at 2016 Expo:

The Lakeland Center, National Louis Univeristy, Southeastern Univeristy and Cutrale Citrus Juices, USA

Program Sponsors

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, Cutrale Citrus Juices - USA, Hardee Education Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., Rays Foundation, Southeastern University, and Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo Publix Supermarket CharitiesHardee Education Foundation


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

Badcock & More, Superior Car Wash, Pat's NuStar Car Wash, Polk Museum of Art, Walmart, Publix, Orlando Science Center, Manny's Chophouse, The Lakeland Center, Southeastern University, Sun -N - Fun & many more!

Photos from the IDEA Expo

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