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LAKELAND, FL (April 19, 2021) –The Iron Horse Family Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 to the Achievement Academy to help fund the Birth to Three Program. With the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children’s Level III NICU, premature babies are now being born in Polk County instead of surrounding counties. This
funding will help families with tiny premature babies receive free early intervention services and empower the parent to be the child’s first teacher. The support of the Iron Horse Family Foundation is truly a vital component to the success of the children in our community.
Iron Horse Family Foundation is a Lakeland, FL-based private foundation that is devoted to carrying on the legacy of David M. Clark. Iron Horse Family Foundation exists to improve the lives of children through initiatives, projects, and support of organizational missions that
bolster children’s health and wellness. Iron Horse Family Foundation is an invitation-only grantor.

About the Achievement Academy
The Achievement Academy serves children from birth through age five with various developmental delays and disabilities. The Achievement Academy offers two programs, each provided at no cost to the child or family. The first program is a Charter School that offers specialized instruction by certified teachers; small class sizes; individual
speech, occupational and physical therapies; and assistive technologies that enable each student to reach his or her full potential at one of the Achievement Academy’s three campus locations (Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Bartow). The second is a Birth to Three Program that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers who are
“at-risk” for developmental delays and/or have been identified with a specific delay. Professional Early Interventionists serve these children and their families.

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