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Updated: 11/29/2012 08:00:03AM

Schools make AP district honor roll

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Christine Roslow

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Polk County Public Schools made the AP District Honor Roll for the second year in a row, making Polk the only School District in Florida to receive the award multiple times in successive years.

Each year, the College Board awards the AP District Honor Roll to Districts that have simultaneously increased access to Advanced Placement course work and increased its percentage of students earning the AP exam scores required to pass (3 or higher). It allows high school students to take course work that mirrors studies taken at the college-level and allows students to earn college credit, advanced placement credit or both.

Inclusion is based on the examination of AP data from 2010 to 2012.

Tag Art sales open

Can’t think of the right gift for your teacher this year? What about a Kids Tag Art vanity tag for his or her front car bumper?

With proceeds going to classroom arts, it’s a “win-win,” said Joe Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County and honorary chairman for Kids Tag Art, a countywide art design contest and fundraising project exclusively for fifth graders.

“This time of year, teachers and students can’t wait to learn who are this year’s award winning designs. This year’s artwork is the best yet, and getting better every year.”

As in years past, this year’s Awards of Distinction recipients represent two students from each participating school across Polk County, encompassing more than 150 creative designs of nearly 100 public, private, and charter schools.

These young artists’ tag art is now being offered for sale online, at www.PolkTaxes.com. Orders placed by Dec. 3 will be delivered in time for the holidays.

With the help of generous sponsors, Kids Tag Art has raised more than $125,000 for Polk County arts classes, all of which goes to enhance the teaching resources in the classroom.

Recipients of the Awards of Distinction will be honored at an awards ceremony in early 2013 to recognize their accomplishments. These designs will also become part of the 2012 Kids Tag Art traveling exhibit, which showcases their art throughout the remainder of the school year. Beginning in December, the public may view the Kids Tag Art Exhibit on display at The Lakeland Center. After Dec. 18 it will be on display the Board of County Commissioner’s Neil Combee Administration Building.

For future dates and locations, refer to the KTA Event Calendar which is located at www.PolkTaxes.com.

The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge.

For more information, call the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office at 863-534-4722 or go to www.PolkTaxes.com.

Christine Roslow can be reached at croslow@polkcountydemocrat.com




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