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Poinciana Area Council offering seniors college scholarship opporunities

High School seniors who live in Poinciana or nearby communities (ZIP codes 34758, 34759 or 34746) have a special opportunity to apply for a scholarship for post high school education.

The Poinciana Area Council (PAC) offers four $500 scholarships to students. Even if you currently are out-of-zoned to attend another school, either in Osceola or Polk counties, as long as you reside in those zip codes, meet other criteria and submit a 500 word essay. The essay topic is “Explain your educational goals and future career path. How will achieving your goals impact your community?” The PAC Scholarship was created to reward and benefit students who live in Poinciana. PAC celebrates and encourages the young people in the community while encouraging them to achieve their educational goals.

The Poinciana Area Council operates under the umbrella of the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce. PAC was established in 1998 and represents the Poinciana area focusing on the issues that matter most to business and the community. PAC describes itself as the provider of a common voice in promoting the economic well being of businesses and exists to advance the civic, professional, educational and environmental welfare of the Poinciana area.

The PAC scholarship is a reflection of their commitment to the community. To apply for the PAC scholarship,

download the application @ http://bit.ly/PACScholarshipForm2019. The deadline to apply is March 1.

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The Poinciana Branch Library has events and programs for all ages. Family Fun Night is held every Thursday, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy board games, puzzles or crafts as a family.

Acrylic Painting for Adults is every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Flex your creative muscle at this fun and instructive class. All supplies are included except the canvas.

Learn 2 Read is a program held every Monday, from 10 to 11 a.m. Help your child develop an early love for reading. This is an interactive experience providing how-to techniques for parents and non-school age children (infants/toddlers). This program is presented by The Parent Involvement Team of the Osceola County School District.

Rhythm, Rhyme & Storytime happens every Tuesday from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Swing, sway and dance your way through this program dedicated to music and movement. This early learning program combines singing with a wide variety of musical instruments to learn, share and explore. The recommended age group is 2 to 5 years old.

Great Beginnings Storytime is every Wednesday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Encourage your child’s love of reading with books and activities that build early literary skills. This program is for ages 18 months to 5 years.

Gadgets, Gears and Gizmos: Toddler Challenge is every Wednesday, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. This program is designed to enhance your child’s science, technology, engineering and math skills. Improve your child's imagination and creativity by challenging them to build their own cars, animals, robots or anything else they can imagine. The age group are toddlers and preschoolers.

The Poinciana Friends of the Library will hold their Mini Book Sale on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. Help to support this group that brings programs to and enhances the Poinciana Branch Library.

The Poinciana Branch Library is located at 101 N. Doverplum Avenue.

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In early February, The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will begin work to widen State Road 600/U.S. Highway 17-92 (South Orange Blossom Trail) from two to four lanes starting west of Poinciana Boulevard to Ham Brown Road in Kissimmee. In addition to adding lanes and a grass median, work will include drainage improvements, traffic signal upgrades, and median access improvements.

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If you have any Poinciana news or information that you would like to share, call Lisa Concepcion at 407-319-9700 or email news@osceolanewsgazette.com.