Literacy Team

The Polk Vision Literacy Team is focused on improving the literacy proficiency of students in Polk County.    

During 2018-2019 the Public Education Partnership (PEP) and Polk Vision worked collaboratively in the Winter Haven community to develop better awareness of resources to support Kindergarten Readiness and the improvement of 3rd Grade Reading Scores.  Currently the Team is working towards replicating and scaling the well-established PEP efforts in other communities across the county.

During the summer of 2019, the Literacy Team piloted efforts to address “Summer Slide” at 9 locations through the alignment of the Polk County Library Cooperative, and the County Public Schools’ Books Bridge Bus and Nutrition Department’s Summer Food Service program. This enabled each organization to maximize the opportunities of bringing summer story time, free meals and free book distribution to Summer BreakSpot locations around the district. Currently, the Literacy Team is looking to continue the alignment of these efforts into the summer of 2020. 

The Literacy Team continues to learn about literacy in our communities, engage partners around literacy resources, align partnerships toward a common goal, and develop solutions that we expect will help improve the literacy rate for young people in our communities. Our team continues to build momentum through the Literacy Directory, focusing on Kindergarten Readiness for our upcoming third edition. With thanks to the Polk County Public Schools Books Bridge program, Polk County Public Schools’ Nutrition, the Polk County Library Cooperative, and Winter Haven Public Education Partnership (PEP), our team is aligning sustainable partnerships around literacy. These partners provide resources and services to nourish young minds and bodies across Polk County.

-Lindsay Persohn, Ph.D. Community Volunteer


Polk County Literacy Directory 

The Literacy Directory will provide a “one-stop-shop” of all the literacy resource providers across Polk County serving students PK-12. 

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To be Included in the 5th Edition Directory Click Here!

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Literacy Resources by City 

*If your city is not listed please select the location closest to you. 

City of Auburndale 

City of Bartow

City of Fort Meade 

City of Lake Wales 

City of Lakeland 

City of Mulberry

City of Winter Haven 


Make Sure to Visit Your Local Library!

Polk County Libraries 



Literacy Team

Pam Craven, Ph.D. - Co-Chair, Learning Resource Center

Lindsay Persohn, Ph.D.- Co-Chair, Community Volunteer

Kristi Anderson - Huntington Learning Center 

Steve Chapman - AmeriCorps Polk Reads 

Jeanette Crowley - Polk County Public Schools

Stacy Davis - Polk County Public Schools 

Tarrel Davis - Mulberry Community Service Center

Sheri Gieger - Usborne Books

Marc Hutek - Early Learning Coalition of Polk County  

Jennifer Kovac - Polk County Library Cooperative

Lacomber - Community Volunteer

Kristi Perkins - Lake Wales Literacy Council

Coleen Pizzuti - United Way of Central Florida

Nancy Puri - Polk County Public Schools

Beverly Putnam - Northeast Polk Literacy Council

Sara Beth Reynolds - Polk County School Board


Sandy Roddenberry - Lakeland Regional Health Systems

Juan Seda  Polk County Public Schools




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