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Updated: 11/06/2013 08:00:01AM

Polk State Phi Theta Kappa inducts members

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Christine Roslow

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Two Bartow residents were inducted into the Phil Theta Kappa society which is an international honor society of two-year institutions.

Inducted into the Beta Upsilon chapter Oct. 26 were Laurie Pittman and Patricia Smith.

Polk State for decades had a single Phi Theta Kappa chapter — Xi Pi — to serve both campuses. Earlier this year, in response to an ever-expanding membership, the College added the Beta Upsilon Upsilon chapter at Polk State Lakeland. The ceremony on Oct. 26 was the first joint induction by the two chapters.

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is by invitation only. To be invited to join, students must have completed 12 college-level credit hours and have at least a 3.5 grade-point average. Members must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the honor society.

Dr. MLK Jr. Essay Challenge deadline is Thursday

Students who want to enter the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Challenge have until 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 to get them submitted.

Essay challenge winners will be recognized at the annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast on Jan. 15.

The essay theme for all three age groups is “Realizing the Dream.” Three prizes will be awarded to students in grades kindergarten-fifth grade, grades 6-8 and high school grades 9-12. All first place winners, who will receive a $500 prize, will be required to read their essays at the annual breakfast.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. in the office of Ernst Joe Jr., Senior Director, Diversity Management, 1915 S. Floral Ave., Bartow, FL 33830. Questions regarding essay criteria should be directed to English/Language Arts teachers in the Polk County schools, or are available online at www.polk- county.net.

The annual breakfast is hosted by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners’ Community Relations Council and the Polk County School District.

Penny Harvest close to $1,000

Students at Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School again gathered hundreds of dollars in spare change to benefit local good causes and has raised almost $1,000 with a grand total of $975.67.

Each fall, the Leadership Cadre, a service-learning club, participate in the national project led by the nonprofit Common Cents, an organization that specializes in creating and managing service-learning programs for young people. Since 1991, students all over the country have participated in the organization’s Penny Harvest, collecting spare change to benefit community organizations.

This year, Nicolas Redmond, a junior from Kissimmee, collected the most spare change, with 198 pounds of money.

This year’s proceeds will be divided between the Winter Haven Housing Authority and the Women’s Resource Center.

O’Dell Center needs donations for auction

The Jean O’Dell Learning Center has planned an auction to raise funds on Dec. 12-13 and the school is looking for donations from anybody and everybody.

The school at 1310 S. Floral Ave., Bartow, serves students throughout Polk County with severe cognitive and physical needs up to 22 years old.

For donations, the school asks for people to donate gift cards of meals, or merchandise. The money raised will go to school supplies, curricular materials and physical education equipment.

For information, call 863-534-7440.

Father-Daughter dance coming

Chandra Frederick and Sarah Case at last week’s Kiwanis Club meeting told members of the Father-Daughter dance coming up that will help Girls Inc. Tickets for the dance is $50 and Case said that price may be a little high for the girls who are members of the club.

“A lot of girls may not be able to go so if anyone wants to help sponsor someone they can,” she said.

After the announcement she made with Frederick, who is a board member of Girls Inc., a basket went around the room and it was quickly filled with dollars.

The event is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland.

Also sponsored by the United Way of Central Florida, there will be live music, games and a photo booth. Also this year there will be first, second and third place prizes awarded for the best essay on “Why I Love my Daddy,” contest. There will also be a sit-down dinner served.

Tickets are $50 per couple and $30 for an additional daughter or guest. They can be bought at either Girls Inc. facility at 650 W. Main St., or 1220 W. Highlands St., Lakeland, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information about the event, call Frederick or Kay Fields 863-682-3002, ext. 222 or 226, respectively.


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