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Florida's Natural Growers Foundation Awards $4,000 to Victory Ridge Academy

School Serves Children and Adolescents With Special Needs

A $4,000 grant from Florida's Natural Growers Foundation will support Victory Ridge Academy's School Wide Behavior Management System, school officials have announced. Victory Ridge Academy, located at 501 Burns Avenue in Lake Wales, is a Title 1 non-profit public charter school that exclusively serves children and adolescents with special needs.

According to Penelope Updike, Grants/Public Relations representative, Victory Ridge 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."

Updike wrote that "the Behavior Management System program utilizes a positive approach and aids in providing clear expectations and consistent consequences that help students to become more productive in their learning environment.

The repeated grant has allowed VRA to continue the program for several years."

Both staff and students at Victory Ridge Academy extended thanks the Florida's Natural Growers Foundation "for their generous donation and continued support over the years," Updike added. "We would not have been able to continue this program year after year without their generosity!"


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