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Each year, Polk County Public Schools’ Information Systems and Technology (IST) division coordinates Kiddie Christmas to benefit children in need within the school district.

News media are invited to cover the event, which will take place on Thursday (Dec. 9) at Bethune Academy.

This year’s Kiddie Christmas will not be a get-together celebration due to the pandemic. Instead, the event will be a drive-thru giveaway with families of Pre-K students from Bethune Academy receiving gifts and groceries.

The drive-thru distribution will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the school’s location, 900 Ave. F in Haines City.

Interviews with IST division employees and Bethune Academy employees will be available.

IST division employees hold fundraisers throughout the year to make Kiddie Christmas possible.

Students will receive a toy from their wish list, along with an outfit, sneakers, undergarments, socks, and a jacket. They will also receive a board game. The family will be given grocery items for a holiday meal, including either a ham or turkey.

We hope to see you there!

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