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November 30, 2016
Polk County Public Schools will formally celebrate its newest school with a grand opening event on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.
Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy welcomed its first students at the beginning of the school year. Located in Davenport, the $43 million, K-8 school features a unique, civics-focused curriculum that is the first of its kind in Polk County and Florida.
The grand opening celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at the school, 1775 Sand Mine Road, Davenport. Because of limited seating, the event is invite-only, but members of the media are welcome to attend.
Students will give speeches about citizenship and Citrus Ridge’s student government will present the school’s first constitution. Congressman Dennis Ross is expected to present the school with a U.S. flag that was flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
In addition, most of the event’s program and tours will be led by students. Attendees include Jacqueline M. Byrd, Superintendent of Polk County Public Schools; as well as Polk County School Board members, and other local officials and members of the community.