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Updated: 11/13/2013 08:00:03AM

Annual text and drive event Friday

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Christine Roslow

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It is illegal to text while driving and at the Fourth Annual Text and Drive event Friday there will be a new message to give to the students.

The law that went into effect Oct. 1 makes getting a citation for it a secondary offense, meaning that drivers stopped for a traffic violation of another type can get a citation for texting.

At Winter Haven High, the medical academy and the police department has the event to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving and it will raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It takes place from 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school at 600 6th St. S.

People can see students navigating through two obstacle courses as they play the part of the distracted driver and the impaired driver. The course will challenge students to text and drive. Another course will simulate a drunk-driving experience with students wearing beer goggles. It’ll cost $1 per course.

Great American Teach-In set

The Great American Teach-In is coming next week. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Students will hear stories from community members to inspire them to keep focused and keep looking ahead to the future. In the past volunteers have come in costume, brought their equipment, put on plays, offered potentially life-saving information, showed off their pets, discussed career options, shared precious souvenirs, talked about other parts of the world, brought the past to life, performed a song or dance, cooked delicious meals, stepped down from the pedestal of celebrity to meet students at their level or simply read a story to little ones.

For information about this event people can contact Volunteer Coordinator Lindsey Graham, or Administrative Assistant Shandale Terrell, at 863-499-2970 or email or

WE3 Expo

The 6th Annual WE3 Expo is next week.

Sponsored by the Polk County School District’s Workforce Education Department, it is an opportunity for the public, students, parents and business leaders to learn about the Career and Technical Academies and Educational program available at Polk County Public Schools.

The free event is at the Sun ’n Fun, 4715 Medulla Road, Lakeland. It runs from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19; 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Thursday, Nov. 21.

Polk academies are small personalized learning communities that space a 3- to 4-year course of study that expose students to a variety of career fields. Students can get college credit in the academy through dual enrollment with Polk State College.

Safe Haven luncheon

Nearly 60 percent of pregnancies are unintended, Florida’s Safe Havens reports.

On Wednesday people can get an update from the organization of what Polk Safe Haven Coalition can mean.

It brings together about 40 organizations to reach those facing unplanned pregnancies.

It takes place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Jim Miles Center, 5204 U.S. 98 S.

Speakers are Polk County Commissioner John Lindsey, Florida Safe Haven founder Nick Silverio, Oviedo fire chief Lars White, Florida Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, and an adoptive parents of a Safe Haven baby.

Christine Roslow can be reached at

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