Quality of Life

Do you have a heart for mission work; do you live in Polk County and want to help the needy along the Ridge? As part of Leadership Polk’s Quality of Life program we spent the day in East Polk along the Ridge and experienced some incredible organizations working to better our communities.

Our day began in Frostproof (did you know, Frostproof is the only town in America with that name?) and visited the Ramon Theater, the public library and walked by O’Hara Auto Restoration. We then boarded the bus and made our way along Scenic Highway 17 to visit Heart – Hunger Education and Resource Training operated by Warner University. If you are thinking about doing mission work, this is the place to get started. Not only can you attend this educational camp for credit, you can also participate in a 3-week training program.

We then travelled to Lake Wales where our host and tour guide from the Lake Wales Care Center educated us on the beauty of the Ridge, the needs of the community, and the resources available. We started by visiting Polk Avenue Elementary where the kids are trained in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, incredible educational opportunities for our youth. We then visited one of my favorite Florida Attractions, Bok Tower Gardens for lunch and nice leisurely stroll through the gardens. By the way, on May 3, 2014 come on out to Bok Tower and participate in the 3rd annual Carillon Classic 5K run & Walk benefitting the George Harris Jr. Runaway Youth & Crisis Shelter. Oh, and if you get a chance, stop into the Polk State Lake Wales Art Center!

Finally, we ended our day with Circle of Friend – This organization helps the mentally handicapped in Lake Wales after they leave school and have no place to go. A very touching group of people with a heart as big as the city itself please help this organization. Below are just a few of the photos taken that day. I used my Nikon CoolPix S6200.

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Danny Kushmer

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