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Lakeland High and Other Schools Get “Adopted” by Community Supporters

Lakeland High and Other Schools Get “Adopted” by Community Supporters

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People donating supplies at Lakeland High

Lakeland High received a bundle of COVID-19 relief supplies this week, thanks to Lakeland’s Adopt-a-School program.

Adopt-a-School is an effort to support public schools in Lakeland started through a partnership between the city’s Chamber of Commerce and the Love Lakeland nonprofit organization. The initiative seeks local corporate and community sponsors to “adopt” schools and help supply them with PPE and sanitation supplies.

Schools adopted thus far include:

  • Lakeland High, adopted by Keller Williams Realty Smart
  • George Jenkins High School (Access Church)
  • Oscar J. Pope Elementary (Stinson’s Home Design Center)
  • Southwest Middle (Grace City Church)
  • Winston Academy (Watson Clinic Foundation)

“Adopt-a-School was our way of bringing the business community together to lift up our students — the future of our city — and connecting community partners to the schools in their neighborhoods,” said Chrissanne Long, with Love Lakeland.

“Members of the Reopen Lakeland task force worked hard to identify the needs of the community. We all agreed the needs of our students were a priority, and with input from Superintendent Byrd, we decided to work together to ensure the students and teachers had what they needed to remain safe throughout the school year.”

Lakeland Chamber CEO Cory Skeates added:

“The safe return to school for our students, teachers and support staff provides parents the peace of mind as they too return to their places of business to keep our economy moving forward,” he said.

“The generous donations of PPE items or financial support, like that of Keller Williams Realty Smart in Lakeland High’s case, will help ensure all of our Lakeland-area classrooms have the supplies they need to create the learning environment our students deserve.”

PCPS would like to thank everyone involved with the Adopt-a-School program. To learn more, please visit lovelakeland.com/adopt-a-school. Supplies can also be donated and dropped off at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, 35 Lake Morton Drive.

People donating supplies at Lakeland High