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News from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools
Celebrating 27 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.

Volusia County Schools

Upcoming Events
Aug. 22:  FUTURES Board Meeting

Aug. 27:  Tomorrow's leaders Application distributed

Aug: 31 - Mini-Grant Applications due to FUTURES

Sept. 11:  TSIC Leadership Council

Sept. 14:  Mini-Grant Judging

Sept. 17:  Mini-Grant Recipients Announced

Sept. 19:  FUTURES Board Meeting

Sept. 19-21:  Educator Intern Program

Sept. 22:  Run for FUTURES 8K/5K Run-Walk

Sept. 26:  Tomorrow's Leaders Applications Due

Sept. 28:  State Match Grant Application Distributed

Sept. 28:  Mini-Grant Awards Reception

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At Futures, we are working every day to support our teachers and administrators in doing the wonderful job they are doing in educating Volusia County students.  Did you know that there are small ways you can help FUTURES too?


1.  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 for more information!

2.    If you are a District employee, consider payroll deduction!  Every gift through payroll deduction helps FUTURES to reach its goals in the areas of mini-grants and other areas of classroom support.  You can even make a one-time donation (provided directly to FUTURES).  A gift of $1, $2, or $5 per paycheck truly makes a difference when you consider the size of our workforce.  Don't be left out!  For more information, call 255-6475, extension 50730 or 50723, and a form will be provided to you.  You can also email or

3. LIKE our Facebook Page and tell us what you are working on!  We love feedback on your programs, mini-grant projects, suggestions, ideas and anything else you would like to share.  Most importantly, you will receive information on dates, deadlines, and special events in which you can participate.  Like us today, and watch for special contests, promotions and more!

FUTURES Tomorrow's Leaders Class of 2011 Scholarship Recipients:

Miss Jacqueline Caro and Miss Caitlyn Zona received a $1,500 scholarship through FUTURES Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship Program. 

FUTURES Tomorrow's Leaders is a student leadership training program which offers an exciting opportunity to learn more about the community.  In this program, students meet community leaders and student leaders from other schools who share concerns, hopes and dreams for Volusia County. Two (2) $1,500 scholarships are awarded yearly.

Miss Caro (pictured below) will be attending the University of Florida

Miss Zona (picured below) will be attending the University of
Central Florida

Congratulations and Best Wishes!


Finish Line Sponsors - $1000

John & Kelly Ferguson and Family

Red and White Sponsors - $500

Mile Marker Sponsors - $250
Dr. Benigno "Bennie" Ramirez Family Dentistry

Friend of Race Sponsor - $100
Jay Adams


Many thanks to Dick's Sporting Goods for their donation of a gift card for our
 " Run-Walk Early Registration" drawing!


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August, 2012

Welcome back!

Hope you had a great summer!

FUTURES Foundation for
Volusia County Schools Announces New Officers

The FUTURES Board is pleased to announce the names of the recently installed executive board members:

President - Chris Hill
President Elect - Sam Willett
Vice President - Brad Giles
Secretary - Linda Bradley
Treasurer - Paula Gregory
Past President - Bobby Thigpen

This year marks the 27th anniversary of FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools.  Since the Foundation's inception in 1985, FUTURES has provided numerous programs and activities for the students and staff.  FUTURES members look forward to the school year ahead and the many opportunities to support the students and staff of Volusia County schools.

Welcome New Board Members

The FUTURES Foundation welcomes the following new members to its board of directors:
  • Kevin Hayworth of Hayworth Creative Public Relations
  • Dr. James Surratt, Emeritus Board Member

New Teacher Breakfast

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools welcomed 55 teachers to the district on August 9th, 2012 at their "Annual New Teacher Breakfast" held at Mainland High School.  The enthusiastic new educators were welcomed by FUTURES President Chris Hill.  The event was sponsored by:  

Principals' of the Year and Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award

The Prize Patrol made its rounds on August 13th announcing the Elementary Principal of the Year, Secondary Principal of the Year and Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award recipients.

Congratulations to Bonnie Gyarfas of Longstreet and Port Orange Elementary Schools as the Elementary Principal of the Year, Cheryl Salerno of Mainland High School as Secondary Principal of the Year, and Co-Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award recipients Marsha Hartman  of Atlantic High School and Bexaida Leiba of Pine Ridge High School.

Elementary Principal of the Year - Bonnie Gyarfas

Secondary Principal of the Year - Cheryl Salerno

Co-Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement
Award Winner - Marsha Hartman

Co-Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement
Award Winner - Bexaida Leiba

FUTURES invites you to join us for this special event!

Come join us on September 22, 2012 at Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Drive, Daytona Beach for FUTURES 8K/5K Run-Walk. Registration is at 7:00 a.m. with the race beginning at 8:00 a.m. The event will end with a pancake breakfast, prizes, giveaways and more.

You may register for this event online at:

Sponsorships are still available!  Please contact Kelly Ferguson at (386) 255-6475 extension 50730 or email her

Take Stock in Children

Students give many thanks to the Take Stock in Children Program for Volusia County. Listen to what Jackie Caro and recent Taylor High School graduate had to say, "Please know that you have lifted an immense burden off my shoulders.  Upon entering the University of Florida, I will have one less concern thanks to your kindness and generosity".  "You have made an impact towards my education and I don't think words alone are even enough to encompass how truly appreciative I am towards you."

Another success is Alex Sanchez who just recently graduated from Stetson University.  Alex was born in Puerto Rico and is a first generation college student, earning a degree in elementary education with a minor in psychology.  A true leader with passion for community involvement, education and the success of our youth, he recently signed a contract with Volusia County Schools and will begin in his teaching career right here at home in Volusia County. Giving back to the community that supported him!

Mini-Grant Program

Sponsored by FUTURES

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 Mini-Grant program.  This year we have a budget of $60,000 for teacher grants. 

FUTURES Foundation is seeking applications for the funding of projects which demonstrate innovative and effective ways to meet students' needs and increase motivation to learn.  Grants of up to $1,500 may be submitted for projects.

In the last 27 years, FUTURES has delivered more than $1.2 million to teachers and has funded more than 2,951 classroom projects for Volusia teachers.

Grant applications are now available on the FUTURES website.
1.  Go to
2.  Select "Programs" tab (at top of page)
3.  Select "Mini-Grants"
4.  Scroll down to "Forms for Mini-Grants"
5.  Select Mini-Grant Application 12-13.docx

Completed applications are due to the FUTURES office on August 31st 2012.

Tomorrow's Leaders Program

Tomorrow's Leaders is a leadership training opportunity for high school juniors.  Through a five month program of high structured activities, participants become familiar with current issues, community resources, and other factors influencing the direction of Volusia County's future.  Participation in Tomorrow's Leaders prepares students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of Volusia County.

From October through March, students are involved in a series of four seminars and a workshop.  Topics selected will be pertinent to Volusia County and will cover such areas as:
  • Criminal Justice system
  • Social services/Health
  • Government/Diversity
  • Education/Economic Development
At each seminar the students are instructed on the qualities associated with being a successful leader, such as goal setting, communicating effectively, time management, and human behavior and motivation. 

Applications will be available August 27th on the FUTURES website.
1.  Go to
Select "Programs" tab (at top of page)
3.  Select "Tomorrow Leaders"

Completed applications are due to the FUTURES office on September 26th, 2012.
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