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Updated: 04/18/2014 10:54:49AM

Getting ready for the future

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Nichole James listens to Joyce Bentley Wednesday at a POPS class at the Bartow Public Library.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

POPS Executive Director Joyce Bentley tells students what they need to do during job interviews in order to be successful at a class Wednesday at the Bartow Public Library.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Keith Rhoden (left) listens as Nick Krawiec reads about Cal Ripken Jr. Wednesday at a POPS class at the Bartow Public LIbrary.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

POPS Executive Director Joyce Bentley shows Loosanda Delva where to start reading at a class Wednesday at the Bartow Public Library. She read from the book Role Models and the person she, and others, read about is former Major League baseball star Cal Ripken Jr.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Cynticia Conoly reads from Role Models during the POPS class Wednesday at the Bartow Public Library.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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For two Wednesday afternoons a month the second floor of the Bartow Public Library has a full house for five hours.

It’s students from the Professional Opportunity Program for Students learning a little something more than they ever could at school. The Bartow/Lake Wales district of POPS, in mostly hands-on experience, prepares students for the future with collaboration, parents, schools and community business leaders. POPS’ mission is to provide personal and professional development for teens who face social, economic or environmental barriers that may impact the quality of their lives.

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