SAINTS SPORTS LEAGUE
The All Saints Academy presents the Saints Sports League, open to the public for registration. This community sports league is for boys and girls ages 5-12. All skill levels are welcome to participate, only one practice night a week at the college-level facilities. There is no travel for the league, all practices and games will be held at All Saints Academy, located just off the Polk Parkway on Winter Lake Road (FL-540). Allsaintsacademy.com
OATH OF OFFICE
On April 15th, the City of Winter Haven held an Oath of Office Ceremony at the AdventHealth Fieldhouse. Deputy Police Chief David Brannan took the Oath of Office to serve as Winter Haven’s new Chief of Police. Deputy Chief Brannan is a 28 year veteran with the Police Department, spending the past six years as Deputy Chief. Police Chief Charlie Bird is remaining in a leadership role with the City as a civilian Public Safety Director.
Polk County Public Schools will continue to require face coverings for the remainder of this current school year (2020-21). Florida’s commissioner of education recently sent a memo asking school districts to consider making face coverings voluntary for the upcoming school year (2021-22). PCPS will continue to have discussions over the summer about safety protocols for the upcoming school year. The face-covering policy will be among those measures under review.
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County, in partnership with Polk County Board of County Commissioners, has closed Polk County’s COVID-19 vaccine portal. Lakeland Regional Health will now be assisting DOH-Polk by scheduling anyone who wishes to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by appointment. Those interested can visit https://myLRH.org/vaccineform or call 863-904-1895. Individuals who are homebound and wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may register at email@example.com.
Polk State College will host three graduation ceremonies on May 6 and May 7 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland to celebrate graduates of the spring 2021, fall 2020, and spring 2020 classes. Capacity is limited and will feature remarks from Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti; Spring 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Dan Dorrell, member of the Polk State District Board of Trustees; and 2020 Distinguished Alumnus T. Michael Stavres, Deputy City Manager of Winter Haven. The spring 2021 graduating class is comprised of 1,271 students.
Five candidates remain in the running to become the next superintendent of Polk County Public Schools. Polk County School Board members voted unanimously to select the following as finalists: Dr. Harold R. Border — Chief of High Schools, Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, Fla.) Frederick R. Heid — Superintendent, Community Unit School District (Algonquin, Ill.) Dr. James P. McIntyre, Jr. — Assistant Professor of Practice & Director, Center for Educational Leadership University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.) Michael J. Ramirez — Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Denver Public Schools (Denver, Colo.) Dr. T. Nakia Towns —Deputy Superintendent, Hamilton County Department of Education (Chattanooga, Tenn.).
HOOPS FOR HUNGER
The Hoops for Hunger program was designed in partnership with the Lakeland Magic and The Mosaic Company to help raise money to provide meals to local children in need. For every three-point shot made by the Magic during the 2020-21 season, $150 was donated to the Hoops for Hunger program. The program benefits KidsPACK and One More Child, local non-profits aimed at decreasing food insecurity for the children of our communities. Throughout the regular season, the Lakeland Magic made 167 three-point shots, totaling $25,050 donated. Lakeland kept up their hot shooting all the way through the playoffs to win the NBA G League Finals. To celebrate the championship, Mosaic is doubling its contribution to a total of $50,100.
In mid-January, a rocket launched from a site in the West Texas desert and headed into space, from the firm Blue Origin. As the suborbital rocket known as New Shepard lifted into space, it carried a little piece of Mulberry Middle — handmade postcards from the accelerated science students. The postcards made it safely back to Earth and then to Mulberry, with fresh stamps marking their celestial journey.