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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. 7 - New Teacher Breakfast

Aug. 21 - FUTURES Board Meeting

Aug. 26 - Tomorrow's Leaders Applications distributed

Aug. 30 - Mini-Grant Applications due to FUTURES

Sept. 5 - State Match Grant Applications due to FUTURES

Sept. 10 - TSIC Leadership Council

Sept. 16 - Tomorrow's Leaders Applications due to FUTURES

Sept. 17 - Mini-Grant Recipients Announced

Sept. 18 - FUTURES Board Meeting

Sept. 23 - Mini-Grant Awards Reception

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FUTURES has opportunities for your company or organization to support education.

Contact Kelly Ferguson at or phone 386.255.6475 ext. 50730

FUTURES thanks our Club Members who contributed in July and August 2013:

A+ Tutoring

Bomar Construction, Inc.

Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc.

Consolidated Tomoka Land Company

Daytona International Speedway Corporation

Doran, Sims, Wolfe & Kundid

Gateway Bank of Florida

Mike & Mary Kay Jiloty

Microflex, Incorporated

Radiology Imaging Associates, P.A.

R & R Industries, Inc.

Root Organization

Dr. Steve and Gina Sevigny

T.D. Bank

FUTURES thanks our event sponsors who have contributed for the 2013-2014 year:


Checkered Flag

Heart of Volusia, Inc. 



Teacher of the Year


Florida Hospital Fish Memorial


University of Central Florida


Run for FUTURES 8K/5K 

Run-Walk Sponsorships


Jay Adams


Take Stock in Children Scholarship Donations:


Bank of America



Many thanks to

Michelle Zirkelbach of Adams, Cameron & Co; Greg & Kim Hamilton; Bill and Karla Vaughn; Sue Lutes and Joyce Jones for their generous donation!






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Wetn'Wild supports FUTURES


Single Day-$33.95 - Buy a day $47.99 get 2013 FREE

Florida Power & Light

 Grant Opportunities!




Community Events:

5K Autism Run for Atlantic High School with the City of South Daytona, Saturday,
September 21, 2013.

15th Annual South Daytona 5K Run Application


Golf Tournament to benefit Take Stock in Children  

Sponsored by BENCOR

October 19, 2013 

@ Sugar Mill

More details coming soon!

August, 2013

Welcome Back! 

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools Announces New Officers

Pictured left to right - Bobby Thigpen, Past President; 

Brad Giles, President Elect; Paula Gregory, Treasurer and Sam Willett, President.  

Not pictured are Linda Bradley Thacker, Vice President and John Guthrie, Secretary


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

President - Sam Willett

President Elect - Brad Giles

Vice President - Linda Bradley Thacker

Secretary - John Guthrie

Treasurer - Paula Gregory

Past President - Bobby Thigpen 


FUTURES Welcomes New Teachers

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools welcomed 180 teachers to the district on August 7th, 2013 at their "Annual New Teacher Breakfast" held at Atlantic High School.  The enthusiastic new educators were welcomed by FUTURES President Sam Willett.  The event was sponsored by:




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

The Bus Brigade 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 Joseph Ronca of Pathways Elementary School as the Elementary Principal of the Year, Dennis Neal of University High School as Secondary Principal of the Year, and Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award winner Cecilia Rivera of Starke Elementary School.


Joseph Ronca, 2013 Elementary Principal of the Year

Pathways Elementary School


Dennis Neal, 2013 Secondary Principal of the Year

University High School


Cecilia Rivera,  2013 Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

Starke Elementary School


Congratulations to Ms. Grecia Delgado, Ms. Kahiya Fairclugh and Ms. Jasmine Naamou who are the recipients of a $1,000 scholarship from FUTURES! 


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. 


The application period for 2013-2014 will begin on August 26th.  

Mini-Grant Program


FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 Mini-Grant program.  This year we have a budget of $63,000 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. Grant requests of up to $1,000 may be submitted for projects.


Grant applications are now available on the FUTURES website.  



Completed applications are due to the FUTURES office on August 30th, 2013.


Take Stock in Children


For information about the Take Stock In Children program, contact Sheila Rees at or phone 386.255.6475 ext. 50724


Take Stock in Children encourages all Florida high schools to register their school online for the opportunity to win a $100,000 grant through the Celebrate My Drive (CMD) 2013. This campaign brings together communities throughout the state to celebrate 2013's class of new drivers.  State Farm promotes teen driver safety through positive driving messages and by hosting events during National Teen Driver safety Week, October 18-26, 2013.  

Schools can register and sign up to receive more information at and teens can join the conversation online at


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