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News Story
Updated: 08/09/2017 08:30:01AM

District seeks

to engage parents

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Polk County Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd talks at a press conference Wednesday, Aug. 2 about the partnership the district has with Jarrett-Gordon Ford and CenterState Bank in the Wheels to Engagement program.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Tomeka Thompson reads off a list of the 20 schools participating in the Wheels for Engagement program the district unveiled Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Jarrett-Gordon Ford dealership. Thompson is the coordinator for Program Support for PEP Winter Haven and Extended Learning, Neglected/Delinquent. With her is Maria Longa, the senior director of the Federal Programs & Grants Management for the Polk County School District.

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Marcus Wright, who graduated from Summerlin Academy last year and plans to attend Bethune Cookman University this year, speaks Wednesday about the Bridge program he helped start last year. He will again help advise this year, he said.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Polk County Superintdent of Schools Jacqueline Byrd talks to television reporters Wednesday, Aug. 2, at a press conference where the Wheels to Engagement program was unveiled.

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WINTER HAVEN – In an effort to get more parents involved in educating their children, the Polk County School District kicked off a program in which it is partnering with the parents – and the community – and the result will be a parent from one of the low-performing Title I schools winning a new Ford Focus at the end of the school year.

On Aug. 2, at Jarrett-Gordon Ford in Winter Haven, there was a back to school media day, where it announced the Wheels to Engagement program. The district hopes to fill in a noticeable hole in parental involvement.

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