As we leave Winter behind and move into Spring, let’s embrace and support all the wonderful programs taking place in our schools. During this “season of testing” it gives us great pride to share the many innovative and successful efforts that we have in place to assist our students.
As a school system, for instance, we work with local churches and community partners to provide weekend backpacks full of food for some of our neediest students. This is a cost- and labor-intensive program, but it ensures that some of our most at-risk students are fed when they aren’t at school (to benefit from the Federal School Lunch Program).
At Lake Wales High School, our outdoor amphitheater is fantastic! The beautiful structure is funded entirely from private donations. Highlander Plaza provides a beautiful gathering place for the student body, and hosts outdoor programs, classes, student productions and other educational activities.
Bok Academy “Apple Distinguished Program” status has been renewed! Fewer than 200 educational institutions in the United States (including major universities) have received this honor. We are very pleased that Bok continues to be singled out for this distinction. Bok Academy students truly have a “middle school experience” unlike any other!
Our elementary schools are also providing their students with extraordinary experiences and opportunities as we leave Winter behind and move into Spring.
Polk Avenue Elementary continues to build on the success of its school-wide The Leader In Me program, based on Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Students take on leadership roles in the classroom, in school-wide Forums, and in community activities. It is a wonderful way for elementary students to build confidence, public speaking skills and other leadership abilities.
Janie Howard Wilson Elementary brings art to the campus with its innovative “guest artist” series. With the help of community business sponsors, the school has created an Art Gallery with works from each visiting artist.
In addition to its expansive school-day program of arts and physical education majors, Hillcrest Elementary provides a range of after-school activities to motivate students. They have a competitive archery club, 4H, and fifth grade etiquette and cotillion. Students have a chance to participate – and be successful – in other areas of interest to them. Hillcrest continues to build happy and confident children.
Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary has a highly successful All Pro Dads group, which emphasizes the importance of the parent-child relationship with monthly programs and activities. This campus (which is considered by many to be the center of the Babson Park community) hosts regular family activities to strengthen the partnership between home and classroom.
Of course, Spring will always be considered “testing season,” and we will give our students every tool necessary to be successful on these tests. Our teachers and staff are continually striving to give our students the tools necessary to be successful as they move through school and life.