Twenty-four years and counting! Educators from Polk and Hardee Counties are invited to attend the annual Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection IDEA Expo to learn about innovative classroom program ideas. The T2T/S2S Idea Expo takes place every fall. Fourteen new Developers joined previous Developers to share winning classroom ideas that enhance learning for students at this year’s Idea Expo. The Expo, held each year, is open to PreK-8th grade educational stakeholders to drop in between 3:30-6:30 PM. The admission is free, refreshments are served, and door prizes awarded. Vendors from area businesses will also be present to highlight perks for educators. The event is held each year by the Polk Education Foundation through partnerships with the Hardee Education Foundation and other local businesses.

All classrooms and schools can benefit from additional funding. Attending the IDEA Expo makes it possible for teachers in grades PreK-8 to apply for Adapter Grants which provide the supply money to replicate a program exhibited at the Expo. Should a teacher have an innovative idea of their own and wish to apply for a Developer Grant, they could be awarded as much as $600 for a classroom grant or $1,000 for a school grant, if chosen. Adapter and Developer grant applications will open after the 2019 Idea Expo.

For more details or to become a personal or business sponsor of this event – contact Shannan Combee, Program Director, Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection, Polk Education Foundation, 1530 Shumate Drive, Bartow, Florida 33830, 863-534-0519 X609 or shannan.combee@polk-fl.net.

Sponsor Brochure 2019-2020

2019-2020 IDEA Catalog

Thank You to Sponsors, Vendors & Door Prize Contributors!

Vendor Booths at 2019 Expo:

City of Lakeland – Lakes and Stormwater Division, Huntington Learning Center, National Louis University, Saint Leo University, and Skate World

Program Sponsors

Badcock Home Furniture & More, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, Hardee Education Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., Rays Foundation and Wells Fargo.

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
Hardee Education Foundation Logo
Publix Super Markets Charities
Rays Foundation logo
Wells Fargo

Thank You to the following businesses for the door prize and goodie bag donations!

American Stage, Bartow Regional Medical Center, Canoe Outpost, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, CMX, Detroit Tigers, Fire House Subs, GNC Family Owned Lakeland/Plant City, Guy Harvey, Huntington Learning Center, Kathy Desmond, Ling’s Buffet, Maggiano’s, Prime Meridian Bank, Orlando Rep Theatre, Publix, Texas Roadhouse, Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Theater, Smokin’ Jim’s BBQ, State Farm – Michelle Githens, Target –North Lakeland, TreeUmph Adventure Course, Walmart, Watson Clinic, WonderWorks Orlando, YMCA, Zaxby’s Bartow, & more!