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Updated: 08/20/2014 08:00:01AM

Polk Scholastic Chess sets annual chess tournaments

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Lites Leenhouts, SUN 'n FUN CEO and Victoria Simmons, CFAA 2014 graduate.


Lites Leenhouts, SUN 'n FUN CEO; Victoria Simmons, CFAA 2014 graduate; Keith Smith, Assistant Principal/Director of CFAA.

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The tournament season is set for the Polk County Chess Club and it will be held at the Highland Park Church of the Nazarene on Lakeland Highlands Road.

Early registration deadline is Sept. 24 and the registration fee is $35 for the 5-game tournament. All Polk County students are encouraged to sign up and play.

The first tournament is Oct. 25, the second Nov. 15, the third Dec. 13, the fourth Jan. 10 and the championship is scheduled on March 21 for qualified players.

The Highland Park Church of the Nazarene, is at 4730 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland.

For information and the registration form, visit www.polk

Health officials share back-to-school health tips

Florida Department of Health in Polk County wants to tell students and their families to take steps to stay healthy this school year. Good health is important for students in order to maintain regular school attendance and be ready to learn.

“Students who practice good healthy habits tend to perform better in school and are better able to reach their full potential,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County. “Health-risks such as unhealthy eating and little or no physical activity are consistently linked to poor grades and lower test scores.”

The FDOH-Polk has a “WIC Prescription for Healthy Active Living: 5-2-1-0” campaign to promote healthy habits and weight this school year:

5: Eat at least five fruits and vegetables every day

2: Limit screen time to two hours or less per day. Screen time includes TV, computers, video games, smart- phones, etc.

1: Get 1 hour or more of physical activity every day. Make time to be active.

0: Drink fewer sugar-sweetened drinks. Try water and fat-free milk for children 2 years old and older.

“Increasing fruits and vegetables and physical activity while decreasing screen time and sugary, high-calorie drinks, are steps toward reaching our healthiest weight,” says Suzanne Wright, Senior Public Health Nutritionist and WIC Interim Nutrition Director.

FDOH-Polk also wants students and their families to remember these tips to help reduce the number of sick days.

Wash Your Hands: Keeping your hands clean helps reduce the spread of germs and diseases that are easily transmitted in schools.

Get Vaccinated: Vaccines are crucial to keeping students well. Make sure your student’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Once flu shots are available, it is important to get them as soon as possible.

For information on school health services visit

For more health information, visit children/index.html.

PSC has groundbreaking ceremony for Center for Public Safety

Polk State College has a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for its Polk State Center for Public Safety at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at 1251 Jim Keene Blvd. in Winter Haven.

Scheduled speakers for the event include Polk County Fire Chiefs Association President Gary Ballard, Polk County Board of County Commissioners Chair Todd Dantzler, Polk State District Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dan Dorrell, Polk State President Eileen Holden, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, State Rep. Seth McKeel and Polk State District Board of Trustees Chair Linda Pilkington.

The Center for Public Safety is on 10 acres donated to the College by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners in 2012.

The new facility will measure 101,500 square feet and will house the College’s programs in Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science Technology, as well as the Polk State Kenneth C. Thompson Institute for Public Safety, a regional training academy for new recruits and working law enforcement officers.

It’s expected to open in January 2016.

Inaugural scholarship award

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy at the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus did its first Scholarship Award for academic excellence last week.

The first recipient, Victoria Simmons, received the award in May.

“This year’s first awarding of the coveted TOP GUN Scholarship to the number one best all ’round student at CFAA — our Valedictorian if you will — is intended to motivate every student to achieve their highest level of academic and personal performance,” said SUN ‘n FUN President & CEO John R. “Lites” Leenhouts.

The TOP GUN Scholarship Award recipient got $4,000 scholarship (and additional matched $4,000 if the student attends Polk State College); a TOP GUN Citation of Merit certificate; his or her name displayed for one year on the side of the F-14 Tomcat that resides on campus; and his/her name engraved on the official plaque on display in the CFAA lobby.

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