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. Twenty new Developers join 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 2020 Idea Expo will be virtual and the admission is free.  Participants will be entered for a variety of door prizes. 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 2020 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.

2019-2020 IDEA Catalog

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Thank You to Sponsors, Vendors & Door Prize Contributors!

Program Sponsors

Badcock Home Furniture & More, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, Hardee Co. Education Foundation, Mosaic, Publix Super Markets Charities, School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and Wells Fargo.

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program logo
Publix Super Markets Charities logo image
Tampa Bay Lightning Logo
Wells Fargo
Mosaic Logo
Hardee County Logo

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

Bartow Regional Medical Center, Joanne’s, Publix, Watson Clinic & more!