Motion Commotion Studios at Explorations V Children’s Museum

Spring Break CampThis spring break, drop-off your kids for four-hour sessions of fun, educational, studio-style learning.  Explorations V’s Motion Commotion Studios will explore motion through art, science, and engineering.  Each day is a new topic to discover and a new challenge to conquer.  AM and PM sessions are available or book both sessions for a full day of play.  Perfect for parents who work downtown, want to keep their kids motivated to learn, and have a built-in lunch date.  Half day sessions are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

For more information visit explorationsv.com or call 863-687-3869.


Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School to Hold Info Sessions

standard-lightbgPolk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School will host informational sessions for students interested in attending the public charter school, which is an academic alternative for students who want to graduate and transition to college.

The informational sessions are scheduled for Thursday, April 3, and Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in LTB on the Polk State Lakeland Campus, 3425 Winter Lake Road.
Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be accepted online from April 4 to April 27.

Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate serves students in grades 11 and 12 who have earned at least 10 credits required for high school graduation. Students can expect to receive a standard high school diploma, at least nine college credits, a plan for transitioning to college or work, and skills for success.

And while many students earn at least nine college credits, many earn more, up to a Polk State Associate in Arts degree. Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate graduated 64 students in 2017. The average student in that class earned 27 college credits and 16 students graduated with an Associate in Arts degree.

The school is a replicated model of the established Gateway to College National Network and is recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate does not receive a school grade from the Florida Department of Education as per its charter, but it does receive a school improvement rating, which was “commendable” for the 2016-2017 school year. This is the highest rating achievable and Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate was the only school in Polk County to achieve this status.

In addition to blended learning and wrap around services focused on improving academic outcomes, students also have opportunities to participate in organizations that will contribute to their development into well-rounded individuals such as the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Leadership Council, and
Future Business Leaders of America. They may also participate in standard high school activities including homecoming, prom, and grad bash.

For more information about Gateway to College Collegiate High School, visit polk.edu/gateway or call 863.669.2923.
About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools. Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.


Members on the Move: Michael Clanton Promoted to Sr. VP at CenterState Bank

CS_MikeClanton_8x10_72dpiCenterState Bank Regional President Dale E. Dreyer announces the retirement of Ken Ely, Area Executive for Lakeland. Ely came to CenterState Bank through the merger with Platinum Bank in 2017 and will be retiring on March 31, 2018.

Ely has achieved an impressive career in banking for more than 43 years in a variety of roles including founding President of Platinum Bank Polk County. Of his leadership in transitioning Platinum Bank customers to those of CenterState, Dreyer shares, “Ken’s valuable contributions and loyalty to CenterState will always be remembered and appreciated. We will continue to benefit from his knowledge and experience as Ken becomes a member of CenterState Bank’s Polk County Advisory Board.”

With Ely’s retirement, Dreyer also announces the promotion of Michael Clanton to Senior Vice President and Area Executive for Lakeland effective March 31, 2018. Clanton began his career in banking in 2001 and gained experience in both retail banking, special assets and commercial lending. After receiving his B.S. in Finance from the University of West Georgia, Clanton went on to graduate from the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida.

“Since joining our bank in 2010, Michael has consistently been recognized as a top producing commercial lender,” says Dreyer. In addition to his success at CenterState, Clanton also has been active in the Lakeland community as a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class 34, Board Chair for Heartland for Children and as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Schools of McKeel Academy. “He truly exemplifies CenterState’s core values on a daily basis and has been helpful in mentoring new commercial bankers in the Lakeland market.”

CenterState Bank is a Florida based community bank and one of Florida’s largest publicly traded banks providing online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages and investment services. CenterState has a history of quality service and community focus.  Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team.  We believe that local ownership and local management translate into a better bank. For more information on CenterState Bank, please visit, www.CenterStateBank.com.


You’re Invited: Silvermoon Drive In Celebrates 70 years

29136168_1993222807385445_2450252229321598171_nMark your calendars for April 13th and 14th because the Silver Moon’s 70th anniversary is coming up next month! They are celebrating by playing Grease (sing-a-long version- this is the original movie, just with sing-a-long words in the music scenes).

Before the movie on Friday and Saturday, they currently have planned:

· a performance by the local band, 1 Day Weekend

· a food truck with smoothies and fresh fruit

· drawings for prizes including $70 cash, t-shirts, and other
Silver Moon themed items

· a hamburger grill-out

· outdoors games for the kids

Also, they are open to other suggestions to make this weekend special!

They appreciate the continued support from the community and surrounding areas. Without so many of YOU making this theatre a regular habit, they would no longer exist!

Continue to stay tuned as the weekend comes closer. Never know what we may be able to add to this event!

For more informaiton go the Facebook page by clicking here.