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The Florida Art Education Association has announced two of this year’s winners from Polk County. Frederick Heid was the winner of the FAEA 2022 Superintendent award. Rebecca Schempp, art teacher, Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary, Fort Meade, won the FAEA New Professional Award. These awards recognize individuals within the membership who have achieved the highest level of excellence in professional education and show appreciation for individuals or organizations who have provided their services in an exemplary manner to the organization and shared professional goals. The award ceremony was organized during the 70th Annual Professional Development Conference at Caribe Royale Orlando, Caribbean VI and VII, October 15.

Children’s Home Society’s Children’s Advocacy Center in Bartow is recognized as a July Dyer Difference Award winner. The center provides a safe environment, with trained counselors and interviewers who can provide support, medical assistance and hope to children and families affected by abuse or neglect. Each month, members of the Dyer family and the Dyer Kia and Dyer Chevrolet team meet to review the applications submitted and select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and a $3,000 award. To nominate a non-profit organization from Polk County for the Dyer Difference Award, visit

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