Polk County Public Schools is working with community partners to keep schools well-stocked with cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the upcoming school year.
“We are in good shape for the start of the school year,” said Angela Usher, assistant superintendent of Facilities and Operations. “We have plenty of soap, hand sanitizer, and face coverings. But these important items will remain recurring costs in the months ahead, and we will continue to resupply our schools with them. We appreciate the community’s support and willingness to help offset these costs, and keep our schools safe and clean.”
A supply drive to benefit PCPS teachers and schools is underway at Staples retail locations in Lakeland, Davenport and Winter Haven. Until Sept. 15, customers receive a 20 percent discount on their purchase of hand sanitizer, face coverings and shields, and other PPE donations. The Well, a Lakeland-based community business and culture center, has also helped to organize this supply drive.
The following Staples locations are participating in the supply drive:
– 4313 South Florida Ave., Lakeland
– 4011 U.S. Hwy 98 N, Lakeland
– 3500 Posner Blvd., Davenport
– 470 Citi Centre St., Winter Haven
The Polk Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the county’s public school students and teachers, is also accepting financial donations to help pay for personal protective equipment.
Financial donations can be made online here. Click the “DONATE NOW” button. Select that your donation be directed to “Program/Fund” and type COVID PPE as the name of the program or fund.
You can also mail a check donation directly to the PEF at 1530 Shumate Drive, Bartow, FL 33830. Please note PPE in the memo line.