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Back to School Bash - May 25, 2007

Community Impact Plan

Event /Project: Back To School Bash
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2007
Location: The Lakeland Center
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Family Fundamentals Contact: Shawna Butler
Success By 6 Contact: Jodi Tucker

Program Objective:
• 5,000 family members will participate in activities planned to stimulate school readiness skills including early literacy (pre-reading skills), fine motor (small muscle/pre-writing) and gross motor (large muscle) skills, math, science and creative arts.

• Approximately 1500 parents will observe and participate in school readiness activities that can be duplicated at home.

• Approximately 1500 parents will receive information regarding resources including but not limited to health and safety, parent education, consumer counseling, and family counseling.

• Approximately 3500 children will participate in activities that help them to enter school ready to succeed.

• Provide 3000 children with a backpack full of school supplies and a new pair of shoes, along with health care screenings (physicals, vision, speech, hearing and body mass index), and haircuts.

• 2000 family members will participate in activities planned to stimulate school readiness skills including early literacy (pre-reading skills), fine motor (small muscle/pre-writing) and gross motor (large muscle) skills, math, science and creative arts.

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Florida Dance Theatre Summer Programs - May 21, 2007

Join the fun at Florida Dance Theatre’s SUMMER DANCE DAY CAMP!

2 week sessions for Ages 6 through 12
Monday Through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
June 4 – June 15
June18 – June 29

With a studio performance at the end of each session !
In these exciting summer classes students will not only learn techniques in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Choreography but also basic body conditioning. They will learn how to make dance an enjoyable part of their life.

$250 per 2 week sessi0n
$150 for 1 week
Please note: students attending for one week only will not participate in performances.

CALL ( 863) 802-0399

7TH Annual
Summer Youth Dance Camp
Funded by
The George W. Jenkins Fund from within The Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland
The Lakeland Chamber Foundation, The Illges Foundation
Florida Dance Theatre, Polk County’s only professional dance company and training academy, is inviting boys and girls ages 6-10 to an exciting, educational, fun and FREE camp.
Students will participate in classes including…
Ballet, Jazz, HipHop, African Dance, Pantomime, Art, and Musical Theatre.
Now accepting applications for 4 one-week sessions.
Session I – July 9 – July 13
Session II – July 16 –July 20
Session III – July 23 – July 27
Session IV – July 30 – August 3

Classes will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Participants will need to provide their own bag lunches.
FDT will provide a morning and an afternoon snack.

**To be considered for this Free Camp your child must qualify for the School Lunch Program **

For an application, call (863) 802-0399
(Please be prepared to provide the parents’ or guardians’ name, address, phone number, first name and age of the child or children applying for the workshop, desired week of participation and financial information).

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From Soils to the Sun - May 21, 2007

ASC geosciences goes solar. Click below for the full story.

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Emerge Meets Submerge Re-Cap & Pictures - May 7, 2007

History happens and it happened again this past Tuesday, April 24th at The Club at Eaglebrooke. Two groups of people that many would think have nothing in common came together to learn that the long-standing divide serves only to weaken our community and that they do, in fact, have a lot in common. EMERGE Lakeland, an organization that nurtures the growth of young professionals in the Lakeland area, hosted the event with the hopes of initiating a dialogue between young professionals and established leaders in the community. What those in attendance learned is that the thread that ties them together is the desire to make Lakeland the best place in which to live and to work.

EMERGE invited a handful of Lakeland’s leaders to share their experiences and wisdom with a group of professionals who aspire to continue the improvement of the quality of life in Lakeland. In return, those leaders were exposed to the vibrant energy and enthusiasm that emerging professionals exude. Those leaders who agreed to offer their advice (who, incidentally, have been affectionately been referred to as “Submergers” – a playful nod at their submersion in the Lakeland community) were: Sylvia Blackmon-Roberts, Hunt Berryman, Ron Clark, Tony Delgado, Gow Fields, John Fitzwater, Anne Furr, Maggie Lazarre, Kathleen Munson, Bill Mutz, Maureen Shaw, and Terry Worthington. “I am excited about what many of the Emerge members were saying. Their perspectives are some I have not yet encountered and I am actually setting an appointment with one of the members to continue a conversation I may not have otherwise had.” said Anne Furr, Executive Director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority and “Submerger.” That became the theme of the evening. Submergers and Emergers embraced the opportunity to hear and learn from individuals that they don’t generally take the time to understand. This event has opened the door to more conversations from an untapped cross section of the community.

“This is an event that EMERGE has been looking forward to since our inception. We knew in our hearts that this would be a positive experience for all of the participants but did not predict the tremendous amount of positive feedback we have received.” stated Cauney Bamberg, Executive Director of the Watson Clinic Foundation and EMERGE Lakeland Chair. It is thanks to the supportive responses that EMERGE has decided to make “Emerge Meets Submerge” an annual event.

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Anne Furr, Kathleen Munson, Hunt Berryman, Maureen Shaw, John Fitzwater with subbies.jpg

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John Fitzwater, Christina Moore, Jeremy Moore, Kim McKeel, Zach Burek.jpg

Kathleen Munson, Ron Clark, John Fitzwater.jpg

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Michelle Jerla, Rex Wilson, Gow Fields, Scott Parker.jpg

Punam Saxena, Maureen Shaw, Maggie Lazarre.jpg

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Sylvia Blackmon-Roberts' table.jpg

Terry Worthington's table.jpg

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Workforce Housing Summit - May 7, 2007

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Thank you for making time to read the attached flyer regarding a very important Workforce Housing Summit. We would appreciate you forwarding the flyer to those in your sphere of influence who you think should be made aware of the Summit and should attend. The Summit is designed to bring together business leaders in our community to better understand the challenges facing Polk County regarding WORKFORCE housing and work together toward a solution.

In 1999, the median sales price for a house was $78,600. Today it is $179,300. The enormous increase in the cost of housing is having a significant negative impact on the ability of our employees to buy homes.

Please attend this important Workforce Housing Summit – your participation is important in addressing this critical issue.

Please RSVP by Email/Fax to Polk Vision at or 863/619-7307. For more information please contact Polk Vision at 863/646-0439.

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