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Community Involvement: Two Businesses Recognized by Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett for Partnership with Polk County Public Schools

July 2, 2013

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett recently awarded the 2013 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award to representatives from Bright House Networks and the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership (PEP). The two organizations were recognized for partnering with Polk County Public Schools and providing assistance to schools throughout the District.

On Thursday, June 13, the companies joined a short list of businesses from across the state for recognition of their exemplary support of public education through their contribution of time, resources and personnel.  At the heart of this partnership, is a common goal shared between business leaders and educators: To ensure students who graduate from high schools are equipped with the skills necessary to thrive not only in a post-secondary environment but also in the workplace and in life. Working together schools and businesses can achieve unimaginable accomplishments.

Bright House Networks and the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership will be recognized locally in November when Polk County Public Schools’ hosts the Superintendent’s Partnership Awards.

Bright House Networks has been a supporter of Polk County Public Schools for many years, helping to sponsor the Teacher of the Year program along with various other sponsorships for individual school programs. The organization partners with the Polk Education Foundation to support scholarships for students who plan to major in a field related to communications and serve as mentors for some of those students. This year Bright House Networks became the title sponsor of the “Free Teacher Market” allowing the Polk Education Foundation to double the number of teachers who were able to “shop” for classroom supplies for free!

Members of the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership are pictured above with Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. From Left to Right: Nat West, Jane West, Serena Peeler, Naomi Boyer, Florida  Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, Doug Lockwood, Sharon Lockwood, Tresa Warner and Steve Warner.

Members of the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership are pictured above with Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. From Left to Right: Nat West, Jane West, Serena Peeler, Naomi Boyer, Florida  Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, Doug Lockwood, Sharon Lockwood, Tresa Warner and Steve Warner.

The Winter Haven Public Education Partnership (PEP) enhances the quality of public education in Winter Haven by forging partnerships which result in the development of career academies, improvement of early childhood education, renovation of school facilities and active involvement of community mentors. The goal of the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership is to promote and enhance the quality of public education in Winter Haven through strategic alliances with the business community. Their efforts have resulted in the development of career academies focusing on cyber-security, robotics, digital media, law and global finance. Through alliances with the District, they have achieved a 92 percent readiness for Pre-K students in the Winter Haven community. More than 180 community mentors are working with 215 struggling students and a $2.6 million renovation of school facilities is planned.