POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- A school that has been threatened with a state shut down if it can not turn its grades around is getting a boost from The Ledger in a new GoFundMe campaign.
The fundraiser is for Kathleen Middle School to get a new LED marquee sign to help inform the community of happenings at the school.
Our news partners at the Ledger have chronicled the school's journey to get out from "turnaround" status in its "Making the Turn: A Yearlong Series." If it cannot improve its failing grades to C level by the end of this school year, the Florida Department of Education has threatened to shut it and four other county schools down.
The new sign will go a long way to improving the school's self-image, according to Ledger Media Group Publisher Kevin Drake.
"We are committed to helping Kathleen Middle School achieve the next level, thereby removing it from 'turnaround' status. We believe in the staff and students there and know their future looks bright. With just a little help, they will succeed," Drake said.
In total, a new sign will run about $11,499. The Ledger has already pledged $1,000 to a goal of $11,900.
To donate to the campaign, click on this GoFundMe link. Checks will also be accepted at the Ledger. Make the check payable to Kathleen Middle School and send it to Lenore Devore at The Ledger, 300 Lime St., Lakeland, FL 33815.