PEF Grants

Duke Energy Grants

Polk Education Foundation received $40,000 in funding from DUKE Energy! Funding was combined with funds from the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program awarding 19 grants totaling $54,500. In addition, 20 teachers received professional development in the areas of Energy, Engineering or other STEM related topics. Along with the training, teachers also received materials to implement concepts in their classrooms. Since 2006 Duke Energy has invested over $725,000 in Polk's teachers and students. Thank you, Nancy Dodd and DUKE Energy!

School Matching Grant

Polk Education Foundation awarded $30,000 in School Matching Grants to 4 schools!

2022-2023 School Matching Grant funding received through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations as part of the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, is open to all public and charter schools in Polk County and requires schools to solicit and acquire new funds from a private or community donor with the promise of a dollar for dollar match up to $3,000 per grant. What a great way to connect and engage community members with local schools

STEAMing Up Polk Schools! Grant

Polk Education Foundation awarded $30,000 in School Matching Grants to 4 schools!

2022-2023 Steaming Up Polk! Grant funding received through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations as part of the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, is open to all public and charter schools in Polk County with a focus on grants engaging students in STEAM education. Teachers may apply for grants up to $3,000.

AT&T Full STEAM Ahead for Florida's Future Grant

2022-2023 AT&T Full STEAM Ahead for Florida's Future Grant funded one $5,000 grant through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). The intention of AT&T is to engage students who may have fallen behind during the pandemic as well as those in underserved communities, families needing support with distance learning and high school students seeking to jump start their STEM careers through industry certifications.

Berkley Charter School's project, All Hands-On Deck for Learning, provides students with hands-on learning experiences in science and math. These opportunities will engage students in STEM related subjects in a positive, engaging way to help bridge the learning gap for students, boosting their academic confidence to have greater success in STEAM related subjects.

Suncoast Credit Union Grant

Suncoast Credit Union is proud to invest in education in Polk County. In 2022-2023, the Suncoast Credit Union grant awarded six grants to meet any need at the school site. Four schools received funding to enhance education at their individual schools. Davenport High School Agriscience Lab equipped the science class with new groundbreaking lab equipment to engage students as they learn basic biology concepts. Horizons Elementary used funds to teach about vibrations/waves in Music, frequency, and the importance of protecting hearing. Daniel Jenkins Academy used funds to purchase equipment for their fab lab. Alturas Elementary used funds for their Decoding Detectives program to help build a strong foundation in reading. Eagle Lake and Floral Avenue Elementary received funds to replenish books for their book vending machines. Thank you, Suncoast Credit Union!

Wells Fargo Financial Health Grant

2022-2023 Wells Fargo Financial Health Grant funded one $5,000 grant in Polk County through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). The intention of the Wells Fargo grant was part of an initiative to fund financial health projects across the state. The grants from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations are part of a $60,000 investment from Wells Fargo.

Auburndale High School's project, Mastering Financial Literacy, helps students understand the downside to being one and seven Americans that are living paycheck to paycheck. Students work through the Everfi financial literacy modules, earning certificates for each module completed successfully. Participating students will leave the class with a yearly personal or family budget to help them as they move forward to college or trade school. Thank you Wells Fargo for helping students grow in financial health.

Explore & Excel in Healthcare Career Pathways Grant

Polk Education Foundation received a grant for $22,500 as part of a two-year $500,000 grant through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations aimed at increasing student interest in healthcare careers and successful participation in high school healthcare career academies, particularly among students from underrepresented communities. Through the ‘Explore & Excel in Healthcare Career Pathways' program grant, Polk Education Foundation will help reduce barriers for students interested in the healthcare field. Funds have offset the costs of student healthcare uniforms, lab fees, and helped students participate in the state HOSA competition. One of the main goals is to increase the number of students interested in entering the healthcare profession.

CPS and Southern Homes School Grant for Greatness

With funds from our annual Clay’s for Classroom, one $15,000 grant was awarded to Winston Academy of Technology to upgrade their STEM lab equipment and technology. Winston is a STEM school with an engineering focus. Students are the future workforce and that future includes robots, drones, and remotely operated devices. With grant funds Winston Academy was able to meet two STEM lab needs to help students be prepared for that future. They were able to replace outdated Lego robotics kits with the current model. Also, provided experiences to garner students’ interest in the field of robotics by providing hands-on learning with DIY robot kits.
Students GardeningStudents Performing Lab ExperimentsStudents with books in LibraryStudents Measuring with CalipersStudents and TeachersStudents Learning Medical CareStudents Taking Blood PressureStudents Working on Electric ProjectStudents Working on Electric ProjectStudent in Biology LabStudents and Teacher using VR

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