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Impact Polk 2017: YMCA of West Central Florida’s “Kindergarten Learn to Swim”

The YMCA of West Central Florida's "Kindergarten Learn to Swim" program is a two-week, interactive water safety and education program, incorporating personal water safety, awareness in and around water, and swimming skills. The program's goal is to teach every kindergartner how to stay safe in and around water and how to swim independently. The first week is completed in school and focuses on water safety -- identifying danger areas, learning the importance of adult supervision, and preparing students for the water experience. The second week, students are bused to the YMCA and the City of Lakeland's Gandy Pool during the school day, where each child receives five days of swimming lessons. The YMCA of West Central Florida's "Kindergarten Learn to Swim" was funded in part by an Impact Polk 2017 grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation. About Impact Polk 2017 Impact Polk is an annual grant program of the GiveWell Community Foundation with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. To learn more about Impact Polk, click here. About the YMCA of West Central Florida At the YMCA of West Central Florida, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure... Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: County Government Discovery Day

BARTOW – On February 8 and 9, students from Lawton Chiles Middle School had the opportunity to travel to the county seat in Bartow for an exploration of the political process in Polk County. The “County Government Discovery Day” was made possible by a partnership with the Polk County History Center and the Polk County … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Young Life’s “Every Kid, Everywhere, For Eternity”

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation In the difficult adolescent years, Young Life comes alongside teens offering hope, encouragement, and for many, light in a dark place. Young Life introduces kids to a faith-based community of adults who will mentor them and be a steady force in … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Aligning the Stars for Students” by Aerospace Center for Excellence

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation STARLAB is a portable planetarium appropriate for all ages and is a great resource for teaching astronomy, meteorology, mythology, weather, plate tectonics, navigation, moon phases, ocean currents, and so much more. With the addition of this technology, Aerospace Center for Excellence … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Child Care Executive Partnership Program by Early Learning Coalition of Polk County

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP) is a program that partners with local child care providers and area businesses and donors to raise funds matched by the state to provide early education and child care services to children who would otherwise be placed on a wait list … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: YMCA of West Central Florida’s “Adaptive Programming: Golf and Unique Actions”

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee The Adaptive Program: Golf and Unique Actions is an inclusive program for youth and adults with special needs. This program allows children and adults to participate in activities at the YMCA with their peers, while working on their social / play interaction. The program will serve … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Florida Dance Theatre’s “Chance to Dance”

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Florida Dance Theatre provided a free program for underprivileged and at risk students who may never have the opportunity to experience the art of dance. The “Chance to Dance” program, funded by an Impact Polk 2017 grant through the George W. … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Polk Education Foundation’s “Free Teacher Market”

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee The Free Teacher Market serves Polk public and charter school teachers by giving them a place to “shop” free of charge, for student and classroom supplies. The Market is stocked with donations of new and gently used items from the community and is open during the … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Building Better Readers” by Polk Education Foundation

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Polk Education Foundation received an Impact Polk Grant for “Building Better Readers,” a program of Our AmeriCorps Polk Reads, to provide a tutor team that will serve approximately 400 low performing K-3 students on their reading level to build on their … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Stuff the Bus” by Lakeland Kiwanis Charitable Foundation

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Stuff the Bus is a back to school campaign coordinated by The Lakeland Kiwanis Charitable Foundation, Inc. This project is in its 15th year and has been replicated by many other community organizations throughout Polk County and beyond. Stuff the Bus … Read On »