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Updated: 10/04/2012 08:00:36AM

Four Bartow schools are shining stars

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Christine Roslow

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Four Bartow schools were recognized in a ceremony that awarded Shining Stars Monday, Sept. 24.

The Polk County School System awarded a Gold Star to Spessard Holland Elementary. It awarded a Silver Star to Bartow Elementary Academy. It awarded Bronze stars to Floral Avenue Elementary and Bartow High School.

The program began as a project to promote collaboration among technology leaders in Polk schools and it’s evolved into an annual event that recognizes the successful application of technologies within school programs and encourages the adaption of new ideas that will enhance learning.

Other winners included: Gold Star: Kathleen Elementary, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy and R. Bruce Wagner Elementary. Silver Star: Auburndale Central Elementary, Auburndale High, Chain of Lakes Elementary, Cleveland Court Elementary, Crystal Lake Middle, George Jenkins High, Lakeland Highlands Middle, Mulberry Middle, Sleepy Hill Elementary, Snively Elementary, Southwest Middle, Spook Hill Elementary. Bronze Star: Alta Vista Elementary, Alturas Elementary, Boone Middle, Boswell Elementary, Carlton Palmore Elementary, Crystal Lake Elementary, Daniel Jenkins Academy, Elbert Elementary, Fort Meade Middle/Senior, Griffin Elementary, Haines City High, Horizons Elementary, Inwood Elementary, Lake Alfred Elementary, Lake Alfred-Addair Middle, Lake Shipp Elementary, Lakeland High, Padgett Elementary, Ridge Community High, Scott Lake Elementary, Sleepy Hill Middle, Stambaugh Middle, Westwood Middle, Winston Elementary and Winter Haven High.

Grants were also awarded to some schools. Those that received them included Auburndale High, Crystal Lake Elementary, Crystal Lake Middle, Fort Meade Middle-Senior, George Jenkins High, Lakeland Highlands Middle, Mulberry Middle, Padgett Elementary, Sleepy Hill Elementary, Winter Haven High

BHS grad finishes
military training

Air Force Reserve Airman Timothy L. Cotterill graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Cotterill is a 1995 graduate of Bartow High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Mid-Atlantic University, Charleston, S.C.

Walk to School Day

An annual Walk to School Day is set for Wednesday, Oct. 3. While all schools do not participate, motorists should be alert to the likelihood of more pedestrian traffic and add time to their trips through school zones between 7-8 a.m., Polk County officials said. Traffic may be stopped along some roads to accommodate large groups.

Last year, more than 400 people participated at this location.

Walk to School Day is promoted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School which assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school.

Early release day Wednesday

All Polk County Schools will dismiss one hour early on Wednesday.

Students will arrive at bus stops an hour earlier than usual and car riders will also be ready for pick-up an hour earlier. Call your child’s school if you have questions.

Volunteers sought for reading workshop

READ Polk offers a free training workshop to volunteers who would like to teach adults how to read on from 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Lakeland Public Library, 100 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland.

People don’t need experience and volunteers will get training and materials. It is sponsored by READ Polk, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit coalition of volunteers from businesses and the community.

To register call 863-802-1512 or email by noon on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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