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Updated: 07/30/2014 08:00:05AM

Health Department has immunizations

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Christine Roslow


Singers from Spessard Holland Elementary School went to Disney to perform. Altogether 62 students went to Disney to perform. They are led by music teacher Luis Ramos and fourth grade teacher Adam Hippeli.


The students from Spessard Holland Elementary show their pose at the Disney Performing Arts show this month when they appeared there.

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For most students, especially those entering kindergarten, seventh grade, or new to Polk County schools, it’s time for school immunizations. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County is helping parents by offering special events in addition to normal clinic hours.

Polk County schools require all students to have the most recent and up-to-date vaccines. Those who have children who need required immunizations, staff at the Florida Department of Health will provide services during the specific dates. Appointments are not necessary.

There will be immunizations from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4-Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Auburndale, Haines City, Lake Wales and Lakeland clinics.

From 7:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Aug. 9 there will be immunizations at the Back to School event at the Lakeland Clinic. There will also be vision, hearing, blood pressure and Body Mass Index checks.

During the School Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 14 there will be immunizations at Lakeland Highlands Middle School and Denison Middle School in Winter Haven.

For children to get immunizations a parent or guardian must be present and current shot records should be with you.

For information and school requirements visit

Kids Tag Art kicks off year nine

Joe Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, recently presented a $34,293 check to the Polk County School Board on behalf of Kids Tag Art, a fifth grade school art project created and hosted by the Tax Collector’s Office for Polk County.

This year’s total brings the total dollars this program has contributed to Polk County Schools over the past eight years to $195,000. The total represents the combined monies going to public schools as supplemental arts funding for the 2013-2014 school year, as well as monies earned by charter and private schools.

For many schools, Kids Tag Art funding has been in excess of $500 per year, providing art teachers with sizable discretionary spending to enhance their art instruction and take on projects that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Some schools have raised as much as $4,666 since the program first began in 2006, using this money with matching grants to buy classroom equipment.

Teachers use these supplemental funds to afford classroom iPads, watercolor/acrylic paints and canvases, kilns and pottery wheels, as well as field trips and other supplies that engage students and teachers alike in creative self-expression.

“My fifth-grade students so look forward to competing in the Polk County Tax Collector’s Kids Tag Art competition and fundraiser each year,” said Christie Bassett, Polk County and Florida’s Teacher of the Year, who is also a fifth grade art teacher “It’s awesome that two winners from our school are selected to have their artwork showcased on a traveling display.”

For the fourth year, Southern Homes of Polk County was the major sponsor. A local home builder whose key market is first-time home buyers and growing families, sees a connection between young families and Kids Tag Art.

“Kids Tag Art exposes students to a governmental process and encourages them to exercise their creativity. It’s a win-win for our community and our students,” Greg Masters, co-founder of Southern Homes, said in a press release.

Kids Tag Art inspires young artists in fifth grade to create their own unique design, learning the practical application of license plate art to support worthy causes, fashioned after Florida’s 100-plus specialty license plates.

Two student designs from each participating school become part of a large mosaic exhibition of tag art which travels around the county during the remainder of the school year.

The Kids Tag Art Exhibition, (a collection of the Awards of Distinction recipients for 2014), is free to the public and travels around to locations throughout Polk County. A calendar for the traveling exhibit will be available in September, by visiting and clicking on the Kids Tag Art page.

Eagle Ridge Mall has back to school bash

Eagle Ridge Mall is saying “sayonara” to summer on Aug. 9 at the Eagle Ridge Mall Back to School Bash. There will be store savings, school supply and gift card giveaways and free family fun. We’ll be giving away gift cards and free school supplies, including backpacks, calculators, pencil cases, rulers and pencils while supplies last, and the event will feature free family entertainment including a live DJ, face painter and balloon artist.

It is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 9

Eagle Ridge is U.S. 27 in Lake Wales.

Reminders from the Bartow Middle School

In an email sent out from the Bartow Middle School, report cards and FCAT scores are available in the office.

Orientation is 9:30-11 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Aug. 14. Students can get their schedules and buy uniform shirts for $7 each.

Supply lists are posted on the school’s website,

Also, the cafeteria is seeking lunchroom workers. They work from 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Those interested should call Amy Medina at 863-534-0589.

And, until construction is completed, people will have to enter the school by the Jackson Street entrance across from Summerlin Academy.

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