Dedicated Parent Receives New Car Through Reward Program

Dedicated Parent Receives New Car Through Reward Program

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Eva Burgess won a new car tonight as a reward for being a dedicated Polk County Public Schools parent.

Burgess, the 2017-2018 Parent of the Year at Spook Hill Elementary, was given a 2018 Ford Fusion by Jarrett-Gordon Ford.

The giveaway was part of a new initiative to boost parent involvement within the districts’s low-performing schools. The program, called Wheels to Engagement, was implemented this past school year.

This program was open to parents of children who attend low-performing schools with a D or F letter grade. Each school was provided a list of action items for parents to complete during the course of the academic year. Some of the requirements included attending parent conferences, volunteering at their child’s school, and completing communication plans with teachers.

Each parent invited to tonight’s event was chosen as their school’s Parent of the Year for 2017-2018.

They were presented with a certificate of recognition from the school district. They also randomly selected keys for their attempt to open the car.

Burgess was the lucky one whose key opened the door.

Anthony Gordon, co-owner of Jarrett-Gordon Ford, said the dealership was delighted to be a part of the program.

“We feel very honored to partner with Polk County School Board on behalf of Wheels to Engagement,” Gordon said. “We believe education is very important and vital to our community. I understand how important it is to have parents involved because I was involved with my children.”

In addition to the Ford Fusion, CenterState Bank also provided cash prizes totaling $5,000 for the grand prize winner, as well as two additional parents who were chosen through a random drawing.

Burgess received $1,000. The two additional winners, Teia Thagard, Parent of the Year at Bartow Middle, and Elizabeth Morrisey, Parent of the Year at Walter Caldwell Elementary, received $2,000 each.

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