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Updated: 04/30/2014 08:00:03AM

Achievement Academy has 4th annual Hope for Brighter Futures Luncheon

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The Achievement Academy has its 4th annual Hope for Brighter Futures Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Lone Palm Golf Club located at 800 Lone Palm Drive, Lakeland.

The Hope for Brighter Futures Luncheon is one of the Achievement Academy’s yearly fundraising events. Community supporters gather for a special lunch program where they hear stories from parents whose children have benefited from the programs.

The levels of sponsorship range from a single table sponsorship of $200 to a Bright Futures sponsorship of $5,000. Individual tickets for the luncheon are also available for $25.

For information, call Eunice M. Hutto at 863-683-6504 or visit www.achieve

First Methodist School has open registration

Applications for admission for new students are now being accepted for enrollment into the First Methodist School for the 2014-15 school year.

Class offered and times are 8:30 a.m.-noon for 2-year-old nursery school, 3-year-old preschool, 8:30-11:45 a.m. for free 4-year-old VPK, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. for kindergarten through eighth grade.

The school is at 455 S. Broadway, Bartow.

Extracurricular classes of art, computer, drama, music, physical education and Spanish are offered in addition to regular classes. The school also has before- and after-school care for those enrolled and also during holiday breaks.

First Methodist School has been educating children in Bartow since 1973 and follows the educational requirements of the state.

Those who need more information can call Susan Meier at 863-533-0905 during school hours of 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Applications are available at the school office. Tours can also be arranged.

Disney grants benefit community endeavors

Disney World Resort awarded $3.8 million in Disney Grants to dozens of Polk groups, seven nonprofits, schools and organizations dedicated to positively impacting the lives of local children.

They estimate this will impact 85,000 children in Central Florida in a variety of ways, such as securing food and shelter for families in need, empowering students to write their stories, and kindling a love of music and the arts throughout Polk, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties.

One such local grant recipient is Girls Inc. of Lakeland, which will use the funding for its Strong, Smart and Bold program. The program emphasizes academic achievement, character development, health and nutrition, fitness, technology, cultural arts, and literacy for local girls.

Disney World Resort also provided more than $33 million of in-kind donations to local organizations last year, as well as more than 308,000 volunteer hours through the efforts of Disney VoluntEARS, it said.

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