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Updated: 12/04/2013 08:00:03AM

ACE program comes to Bartow High

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Christine Roslow


Heaven (last name was withheld by the Tax Collector's Office) from Spessard Holland Elementary made this Tag Art design.


The numbers add up to success at at Anna Woodbury in Fort Meade. Faculty and staff at the school recently played host to a Math Night. More than 75 families turned out with calculations, math manipulatives and activities.


Taniah (last name has been withheld by the Tax Collector's Office) from Lewis Anna Woodbury, made this poster in the Tag Art contest.

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ACE Mentor Program has a new chapter for Polk County to Bartow High School.

ACE — Architecture, Construction, and Engineering — was founded to introduce high school students to career opportunities in the design and construction industry. With this partnership among industry professionals — architects, engineers, construction managers, and other professionals from related organizations — volunteers serve as mentors to high school students in order to introduce them to the A/C/E professions and encourage them to pursue studies and careers in these fields.

The program needs mentors to volunteer at least 16 hours of their time, beginning January and running through May, to work with students as they plan, design, and construct a project. Chapter meetings are weekly and are to be held at Bartow High School. Field trips to construction sites are planned. Projects are to be presented at a showcase at the end of the 16-week program.

For those interested in being a mentor or sponsor, contact Brian Brogen at Southeastern Construction at brianb@south or Jennifer Sturgis at SEMCO Construction at

Student license plate art on sale

Kids Tag Art, a countywide art design contest and fundraising project for fifth graders, has the 2013-2014 award-winning designs that are now on sale to the public.

“This year’s 5th graders have created terrific works of art and everyone in Polk County can show their pride by ordering a Kids Tag,” Tax Collector Joe Tedder said in a press release.

Now into its eighth year, this year’s art collection encompasses student creative designs from approximately 80 public, private, and charter schools throughout Polk. Up to two designs from each school are judged and selected as “Awards of Distinction” recipients. These young artists’ tag art is now being offered for sale online, at

Southern Homes of Polk County is the major underwriter for this project. To date, the project has raised more than $150,000 for Polk County schools, all of which goes for supplementary classroom art supplies. Fashioned after Polk County’s program, Kids Tag Art is now a curriculum-based school art project in over eight Florida counties, with more counties joining every year.

Students will be honored at an awards ceremony recognizing their accomplishments as well as having their actual artwork become part of the Kids Tag Art traveling exhibit. Dates will be announced at The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge.

For information, call 863-534-4722 or go to

Legislative delegation meeting set

The legislative delegation is scheduled to meet from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Board of County Commissioner’s Building, 330 W. Church St., Bartow.

The meeting is to get ideas for the upcoming legislative session and school board members will be present.

Following the meeting there will be a legislative appreciation luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stuart Center, 1710 U.S. 17, Bartow.

Early dismissal day today

Wednesday, Dec. 4, is an early dismissal day for all public school students.

In a change how it operated last year, students will be dismissed 150 minutes earlier that day. The change in the number and length of Early Dismissal Days is a result of the District reaching a successful tentative agreement with the PEA, which is now pending ratification and School Board approval. The early dismissal days allow teachers to have additional planning time.

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