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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

Dec. 7:  Tomorrow's Leaders Seminar #2-Education/Economic Development

Dec. 11:  TSIC Leadership Council

Dec. 12:  FUTURES Board Meeting

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Payroll Deduction Campaign

Contributors -
Month of November:

Suanne Boss
Jennifer Foutch
Marie Myers
Sue Ellen Shaw

FUTURES Foundation and Take Stock in Children were recipients of grant funding in the amount of $1,000 each from Stetson University "Greenfeather."


Stetson University established Greenfeather in 1952 as an autumn charity carnival held during the fall semester to encourage the Stetson Community to come together to raise funds for the local charities in the DeLand area.  Greenfeather has grown immensely since its debut, seeking to educate students, faculty, and staff on the needs of the community and encourages civic engagements and community service. 

Greenfeather 2012 took Stetson's campus by storm with sixteen teams of students participating in a variety of different events, to raise money and awareness.

Thank You Stetson Greenfeather!


FUTURES receives State Match funding in the amount of $51,042.60 from CFEF to fund 13 schools in Volusia County.

Since 2001, $21.4 million dollars has been allocated by the Florida Legislature for the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program which has leveraged more than $47 Million in private matching dollars.

After raising funds from business, individual, civic organization and foundation contributions, each local education foundation aligned with Florida's 67 county-wide school district can access the matching funds annually through CFEF.  Funds can be used in five programmatic areas determined by local education foundation leaders as priorities for advancing student achievement in Florida:  Increasing Graduation Rates; Teaching Quality; Literacy; Low Performing Students; STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Education and Career/Technical Education.

Because the projects funded are "home grown" with input from local school system leaders, they allow education foundations to address needs and goals specific to their community. They avoid the pitfall of imposing a "one size fits all" mentality by prescribing a particular program or approach.  This system fosters greater private-sector involvement, creative problem solving and a sense of ownership by everyone involved.

One-on-one tutoring for struggling 2nd grade readers, support for low income students to complete career/technical education industry certification programs, tuition assistance for paraprofesionals seeking to become teachers and mentoring programs targeting at-risk students are all examples of matching grant funded projects.  For the 2011-12 school year alone, more than 1.1 Million students in 52 counties were directly impacted through 84 matching grant funded projects.

Florida corporations from all sectors of our economy have increased their commitment to local foundation initiatives, make the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program a highly effective public-private partnership that is held up as a model of success for other states seeking greater resources for their students in critical academic areas.

"Despite current state budget constraints, the Legislature recognizes the matching grant program as a proven strategy for increasing private-sector interest, investment and involvement in public schools," said Speaker Designate Will Weatherford (R-61).  "I have personally seen the impact of the local level, and I'm pleased we were able to appropriate $2.3 Million to continue this powerful incentive for Florida's local education foundations for the 2012-13 school year."

Making a Difference with a $1 for $1 Match!

The following schools in Volusia County received funding:

  • Blue Lake Elementary School
  • Cypress Creek Elementary School
  • DeBary Elementary School
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Horizon Elementary School
  • Longstreet Elementary School
  • Pine Ridge High School
  • Pine Trail Elementary School
  • Sweetwater Elementary School
  • Timbercreast Elementary School
  • Tomoka Elementary School
  • Turie T. Small Elementary School
  • Westside Elementary School

Thank You CFEF!

                                                                        December, 2012

Dear FUTURES Supporter,

"Our mission is to support educational quality for the Volusia County Public School System by directing resources toward areas of identified need, increasing community involvement and support, and encouraging open communication between the community and our schools." 

FUTURES has launched its PAYROLL DEDUCTION Campaign which will run through January.  This year we are hoping to achieve 100% participation with our fellow VCS employees.  We hope that you will give this program your heartfelt consideration.  Just think of all the current unmet needs that could be fulfilled if we all pulled together! 


To all of our club members and patrons, if you would like to start a payroll deduction plan at your place of business, please contact Kelly Ferguson at or 386.255-6475 ext. 50730.




  • Principal Mamie Oatis of Southwestern Middle School stands proudly with staff members who received Mini-Grants from FUTURES this year.

  • Steve Waterman of Pine Trail Elementary is partnering with Whitney Lab of Marine Bioscience to initiate a study of the Matanzas Estuary.  His students will be restoring the shoreline to its natural state, building oyster beds, and studying the effects of human and non-human organisms on the environment with funding provided by a FUTURES Mini-Grant.


Teacher of the Year nominees were honored at a reception held on November 1st at Champion Elementary School. The event was sponsored by Space Coast Credit Union.


Many thanks to Champion Elementary for hosting the event!


FUTURES Tomorrow's Leaders enjoyed their first seminar, "Health Care & Social Services."  Pictured below are the students going through ropes training at Stewart-Marchman ACT Behavior Healthcare.  This activity was followed by a panel interaction with the student residents.  The students were then bused to tour Florida Hospital Memorial Center in Ormond Beach and concluded their day touring STAR Shelter facilities.







Garrett Crawford, 9th grade student at
University High School is the recipient of a
Belk Foundation Scholarship!

Garrett Crawford was selected to receive a 4 year scholarship funded by the Belk Foundation.  Garrett's dream is to become a marine biologist and without a doubt he knows that getting there takes good grades.  In addition to applying himself academically, he plays football, and enjoys teaching a little league team of soccer players.

Congratulations Garrett!

"The Belk Foundation believes that education is critical to our future," said Johanna Anderson, Foundation Director.

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