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Grants

Our Children’s Academy would like to thank all of our partners and donors throughout the years for helping to improve the lives of our Polk County students!

 

George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation

On May 17, 2017 Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation. All funding received from the donors will go towards providing our classrooms with state-of-the-art therapeutic and specialty learning equipment.

Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to thank the GiveWell Community Foundation and the George W. Jenkins Fund for their generous donation and continued support over the years.

 

Walmart Facility #1061

On April 20, 2017 OCA/VRA was awarded funding from Walmart Community Grants. All funding received from the Foundation will go towards providing our school’s Speech-Language Pathology Department with evaluation materials to determine where each student performs, as well as to identify the specific interventions each of our students need.

Both staff and students at OCA/VRA would like to thank Walmart Community Grants and Walmart Distribution Center #1061 for their generous donation and continued support over the years.

 

Walmart Facility #580

On April 14, 2017 Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from Walmart Community Grants. All funding received from the Foundation will go towards providing our school’s Speech-Language Pathology Department with evaluation materials to determine where each student performs, as well as to identify the specific interventions each of our students need.

Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to thank Walmart Community Grants and Walmart Facility #580 for their generous donation and continued support over the years.

 

Mountain Lake Community Service

On April 5, 2017,  Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from Mountain Lake Community Service. All funding received from the Foundation will go toward providing our classrooms with state-of-the-art therapeutic and specialty learning equipment. Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to thank Mountain Lake Community Service for their generous donation and continued support over the years.

 

Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation:

On October 14, 2016, Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation. All funding received from the Foundation will go toward OCA’s School Wide Behavior Management System, which utilizes a positive approach and aids in providing clear expectations and consistent consequences that help students to become more productive in their learning environment.

Our Children’s Academy recognizes the importance of establishing the social culture and behavioral supports needed for all children to achieve both social and academic success. Through this program our mission is to provide a high level of quality student behavioral support so that educators will be able to maintain effective classroom environments with minimal distractions.

Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to thank the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation for their generous donation.

 

Duke Energy through Polk Education Foundation:
On October 13, 2016, Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from Duke Energy through the Polk Education Foundation. All funding received will go towards purchasing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) materials and equipment for our students with special needs, grades 1st through 6th.

Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to thank Duke Energy and the Polk Education Foundation for their generous donation.

 

Dollar General Literacy Foundation:
On September 21, 2016, Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

All funding Our Children’s Academy has received from Dollar General will go towards purchasing instructional literacy materials for K-5 students, including nonverbal students who participate in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was developed by Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP to help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities learn to initiate communication through use of pictures. PECS is a school-wide initiative with educators, therapists, and families collaborating to meet the needs of students, and is utilized across many age groups and disabilities at Our Children’s.

Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to thank the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for their generous donation to our school.

 

Walmart Community Grants:
On May 6, 2016, Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from Walmart Community Grants and Walmart Facility #580. All funding received from Walmart will go towards purchasing a variety of materials and equipment to be used for OCA’s Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) program.

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was developed by Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC-SLP to help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities learn to initiate communication through use of pictures. Since its start in 1985, PECS has helped countless children and adults learn to communicate with others. PECS is a school-wide initiative with educators, therapists, and families collaborating to meet the needs of students, and is utilized across many age groups and disabilities at Our Children’s Academy.

Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to thank Walmart Community Grants and Walmart Facility #580 for their generous donation to our school.

 

Mountain Lake Community Service:
On March 8, 2016, Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from Mountain Lake Community Service. All funding received from MLCS will go toward purchasing a variety of materials and equipment to be used for OCA’s upcoming Farm-to-Table Food Truck. Through this unique project, staff and students will establish and sustain Our Children’s Farm-to-Table Food Truck and utilize it to serve locally grown, freshly prepared food to community members in the Lake Wales area. Educators at Our Children’s will help students to make connections between classroom learning and community service in order to prepare each child for a brighter career-driven future.

Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to thank Mountain Lake Community Service for their generous donation to our school.

 

University of Florida / Bok Tower Gardens:
On October 14th, 2015, Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from the University of Florida IFAS Extension and Bok Tower Gardens Partnership School Gardens Program. All funding will go toward OCA’s School Garden, which will enhance the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum being taught to our students in grades 3-9th. Additionally participants in this project will learn food prep, hospitality, workforce, and independent life skills as they incorporate our school garden with OCA’s upcoming Farm-to-Table Food Truck program.

Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to the University of Florida and Bok Tower Gardens for their generous donation to our school.

 

GiveWell Community Foundation:
On July 6, 2015, Our Children’s Academy was awarded funding from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation. All funding will go toward Our Children’s Academy’s Farm-to-Table Food Truck program, which will provide our students in grades 4th through 9th the opportunity to learn career and culinary art skills through a safe, educational, mobile experience. Participants in this project will learn food prep, hospitality, workforce, and independent life skills.

Both staff and students at Our Children’s Academy would like to thank both the GiveWell Community Foundation and the George W. Jenkins Fund for their generous donation to our school.


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Our Children’s Academy is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charter school that exclusively serves children with special needs. Our Children’s Academy is based on the belief of the administration, staff and Board of Trustees that early intervention is crucial to helping children and young adults with special needs to cultivate healthy lifestyles and grow into well-adjusted persons. It is our belief that students need a safe, positive and nurturing learning environment to develop communication skills, social skills, academic and technical skills in order to build their self-confidence and become productive members of society.