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                                 News from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools

                                      Celebrating 28 Years of Support for Volusia County Public Schools

Established in 1985 to increase business and community involvement in public schools and to provide programs and activities beyond the financial capabilities of the school district, the nonprofit foundation is the only organization that provides assistance to all public schools in Volusia County.


Upcoming Events

April 10 - Tomorrow's Leaders Graduation Program

April 16 - FUTURES Board Meeting

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FUTURES thanks our Presidents Club Member:

Lacey Charitable Foundation

FUTURES thanks our Deans Club Members:



Sign up for License for Learning !  The money used to purchase or renew your tag ($20 of your purchase) comes directly back to FUTURES and enables us to provide funding directly to classrooms for mentoring and tutoring, classroom innovation, curriculum enrichment and student scholarships.  Visit:

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Take Stock in Children, a program of FUTURES Foundation, Inc., will hold its annual Senior Recognition Ceremony at Daytona International Speedway, Bill France room, on May 15, 2014 from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  The event will recognize newly selected 8th grade participants as well as graduating high school seniors.

As proud parents, mentors and sponsors look on, new students will be welcomed into the program in a ceremony officiated in part by County Judge Dawn Fields.  These students will be freshmen in the 2013 - 2014 school year. They will have the benefit of mentors working with them throughout their high school years, as well as the support of Take Stock staff, to assure they successfully graduate from high school and are ready for college.

Also being recognized at the event will be Take Stock's class of 2014 high school graduates.  Each student has earned a 4 year college tuition scholarship, and all have been accepted at colleges and universities throughout the state.

Keynote speaker and FUTURES/Take Stock in Children graduate, Patrick Ball, will offer his insight and experiences while in the Take Stock in Children program during his four years in high school. Patrick will be graduating from Stetson University in Deland, Florida in May 2017.  Patrick is an exceptional example of success as a first generation college student. In addition to pursuing a degree in Biology his future plans are to work with the environment and education.  His greatest goal is to inspire others.  His long term goal is to learn and grow as person that would be prepared for the ultimate goal of becoming a lifelong teacher and learner. Also, speaking at the Year End Senior Recognition will be Jeff Hoffer who is a current mentor in the program and has been for the past seven years.  He will take the podium to talk about his experience with mentoring a 2014 graduate.

Take Stock students are selected based upon financial need, academic achievement, good character and community involvement.  For more information about the program contact Jeanna Butler, Take Stock Student Advocate, at  386-947-8788 ext. 50729 or Sheila Rees, Take Stock Mentor Coordinator, at 386-255-6475 ext. 50724.

                                                                               April, 2014

FUTURES to Host 11th Annual Caribbean Party

Dear FUTURES Supporter,

Don't forget to take your appetite along for FUTURES' eleventh annual Caribbean Party on May 17th.  

The Caribbean Party features a live band and a raffle consisting of many theme baskets, hotel stays, attraction tickets, gift certificate, and other items too numerous to mention.  The Caribbean Party is always a fun, casual evening for supporters of Volusia County Public Schools to gather, celebrate and enjoy fine food and drink.

Reservations are now available for the Party, beginning at 6:00 p.m.on Saturday, May 17th at the News Journal Center,  221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach.  Make plans to attend and enjoy gourmet island cuisine prepared by Chef Ray Bailey and complimentary beer, wine and beverages.  The cost is $65 each, ($55 for district employees), and all money raised will support FUTURES programs.  For tickets or Caribbean Party sponsorship opportunities, contact Brenda Hamilton at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50723.



Mini-Grant Update

As the school year winds down, Mini-Grant activities are still occuring at schools all over Volusia County.  These projects and programs are funded by FUTURES.

At DeLand Middle School, CORE Teacher Tim Evans, and students achieve their search of basic Physics principles from Newton Laws to Aerodynamics by constructing catapults and using them to make motion and energy more meaningful and to give Newton Laws added relevancy with their grant project entitled "Phire Away With Physics."  


At Deltona High School, John Clark, CORE teacher informed that the grant received from FUTURES for the project "Enter the Arena with Bells On" was a success!  The Deltona High School State Team: Marilu Duque, Audris Lopez, Crystal Dominguez, Courtney Wall, Jennah Cruz, Bianca Casiano, Shawn Verg, Christian Acosta, Gabriel Macklin, Joel Perceval, Devin Gilmet, Suzannah Holland, Sarah Cole, Ka-Ina Perez and Taylor Paul competed in the State Science Olympiad.  In their first year, the Deltona High School team was one of only 42 teams to qualify for the state competition.

At the regional competition, Deltona High was the only high school to field two full teams and came home with six (6) awards.

The Regional Winners were:

1st place - Technical Problem Solving: Marilu Duque & Audris Lopez

2nd place - Entomology:  Taylor Paul & Ka-Ina Perez

3rd place - Mag Lev vehicle:  car design by Peter Goris & James Malyska

3rd place - Scrambler: vehicle design by Elaine Perez and Kayla Beavans

3rd place - Compound Machines: Devin Gilmet & Joel Perceval

3rd place - Astronomy:  Marilu Duque & Audris Lopez

The Coaches were Paul Gerbes & John Clark




Outstanding juniors representing Volusia County public schools will be honored at a graduation reception and recognition event on April 10th at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.  The 41 students are participants in the Tomorrow's Leaders program, a leadership development program sponsored by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia county Schools.







Seven of Volusia County's most well known bands are coming together on April 6th, 2014, to raise money for the FUTURES Take Stock in Children scholarship program.  The event will be hosted by Down the Hatch restaurant, 4894 Front Street, Ponce Inlet, and will involve a full day of music starting at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and running until 

9:00 p.m.


Under the leadership of the Deltona based band, Then2Now, the "Music for the Kids" event will raise funds for college tuition scholarships for at risk students in Volusia County.  Other bands donating their time and talent to the event include: Caribbean Posse, Donnie Bostic Band, Mark Zinkiewicz & Jeff Whitfield, Mid Florida Quartet, Reuben Morgan & Brad Yates Band and Sallonatix.  Nick Pizza will serve as the MC and also perform.


In addition to individual contributions, Down the Hatch will donate 15% of each contributor's food purchase that day to the Take Stock in Children program.  All contributions are tax deductible and can be made on-line by going to and selecting the Giving tab. Checks may be made payable to FUTURES Foundation/TSIC and mailed to Sheila Rees, Futures Foundation, 3750 Olson Drive, Daytona Beach, FL  32124. Donations will also be taken at the door.


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