Back-to-School Festivals & Donation Drives Around Polk
Posted on August 1st, 2012 by Rebecca Thompson
Summer is winding down, and school is right around the corner. Parents and students can gear up for the coming school year at Polk County’s Back-to-School-festivals around the county.
Polk County’s Back-to-School Bashes
Find children’s arts, crafts and face painting along with tutoring, health care and other related information from education and family-focused exhibitors at these free events.
Backpacks will be filled with supplies, and given out at locations (listed below) on a first-come, first-serve basis to children entering kindergarten through 5th grade.
Stop by these locations on the following dates to participate in Polk County‘s Back-to-School-Bashes:
Lake Wales- Saturday, August 4
Time: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Location: Mary Norma Campbell Resource Center
Address: 2226 Karen Street, Lake Wales
-Backpacks given to the first 250 students
Eloise- Saturday, August 11
Time: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Location: Eloise Resource Center
Address: 710 Snively Avenue
-Backpacks given to first 700 students
Winter Haven- Saturday, August 11
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Winter Haven
Address: Wilfred Smith Resource Center
-Backpacks given to first 450 students
The Lakeland Center’s Back-to-School Blast
The Lakeland Center‘s Back-to-School Blast is a free event for the entire family. Polk County residents are invited to attend this event on Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Sikes Hall at The Lakeland Center located at 701 West Lime Street. There will be fun hands-on activities, free physicals and immunizations and school supplies (while supplies lasts) for children pre-k through 5th grade. No pre-registration required. Register at The Lakeland Center starting at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event.
The Lakeland Flying Tigers’ Back to School Bash
The Flying Tigers will be giving away school kits to the first 500 kids ages 14 and under on Saturday, August 4 at Joker Marchant Stadium. The kits will include a pencil, ruler, eraser and pencil sharpener. Additionally, the first 200 kids will receive a Detroit Tigers Paws lunch bag. Fans will also have a chance to win school supplies and prizes throughout the game as the Tigers take on the Clearwater Threshers at 6:00 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
School Supplies Drives
Unfortunately, some students won’t have the school supplies they need, and some teachers will be buying supplies using their own money. Find out how you can help with donations below.
For citizens interested in helping students prepare for the school year, Polk County Parks and Recreation is collecting donations of the following school supplies: reams of notebook paper, number two pencils, bottled glue or glue sticks, large pink erasers, rulers, spiral bound notebooks, 24-count boxes of crayons and pocket folders.
Supplies are being collected at the above community centers where the county Back-to-School-Bashes take place or at the following Bartow locations:
- Parks and Recreation office: 515 East Blvd. Street
- Neil Combee Administration Building: 330 West Church Street
- Volunteer Services (located in the Polk County Risk Management building): 2135 Marshall Edwards Drive
Stuff the Bus- Kiwanis Club Donations
Three Kiwanis clubs in Lakeland, along with Kiwanis Clubs in Winter Haven, Lake Wales and Davenport/Four Corners, will be collecting school supplies and accepting donations.
The Lakeland Kiwanis Club started “Stuff the Bus” eight years ago. Last year the drive raised $60,000 in cash and school supplies for the 29 public elementary schools in the Lakeland area. While $90,000 was raised throughout the county to help 22 other schools.
- Wide-rule notebook paper
- Spiral binders
- Hand sanitizers
- Copy paper
- Red pens
- Plastic zip bags
The Ledger Media Group and Hall Communications Inc. are both drop-off sites for the Stuff the Bus campaign that the Kiwanis Club and Polk County schools are running to collect school supplies for children in need.
Those wishing to make donations of school materials can do so at the Hall Communications radio station building, 404 W. Lime Street and at The Ledger building, 300 W. Lime St. in Lakeland through August, 15.
In addition, the Bartow Chamber Young Professionals is having a Stuff the Bus campaign for homeless students in the School District. The group will collect school supplies at the Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 510 N. Broadway Avenue until August 10.
Partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven, Fantasy of Flight will participate in the “Stuff The Bus” program by collecting school supplies to benefit the Polk Education Foundation. Fantasy of Flight is offering visitors who donate school supply items from the accepted list $5 off full-priced adult general admission for each donation, until September 30, 2012.