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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.


Upcoming Events

Feb. 1:  ERAU TOTY Nominee Recognition Event

Feb. 4:  Turn Around applicaitons distributed

Feb. 12:  TSIC leadership Council

Feb. 16:  Ruby Tuesday's Community GiveBack Program to sponsor TSIC

Feb. 20:  FUTURES Board Meeting

For details, visit

FUTURES thanks our Regent's Club Members



FUTURES thanks our Chancellor's Club Members


FUTURES thanks our President's Club Members

Teledyne Oil & Gas/Ocean Designs, Inc.

FUTURES thanks our Deans Club Members

A.M. Weigel Construction, Inc.

Delta Dental

Florida Capital Bank

Michael Jiloty


Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors




Payroll Deduction Campaign

We have decided to extend the campaign!!!!

If you are not a current member, 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! 

giving-payroll form.docx



Working together hand in hand
for the students in
Volusia County Schools!

                                                                     February, 2013

Teacher of the Year 2014


Dear FUTURES Supporter,

Volusia School District Names Emily Edwards as Teacher of the Year!

Emily Edwards, a 4th grade teacher from Starke Elementary School, is Volusia County Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2014.  She will serve as Volusia County's Teacher of the Year throughout this school year and next, representing all of Volusia's teachers.

Ms. Edwards received her award before an audience of 900 friends of public education at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort on Friday, January 25, 2013.  The announcement was made at a celebration co-hosted by FUTURES Foundation and the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"The teachers and educators in Volusia County are absolutely amazing, innovative and passionate about the students of Volusia County," said Chris Hill, FUTURES Foundation President.  "Year in and year out they exceed the expectations set and mandated by either the state or federal government.  It is a privilege and a pleasure to work with dedicated individuals throughout the county and witness first hand their impact on the students, FUTURES Foundation's primary goal is to serve and to support these hard working and often underappreciated torch bearers for education.  Our Board and our Chamber feel strongly that our teachers need to be praised, validated and celebrated as an incredible group of professionals."

Ms. Edwards began her career at Starke Elementary in 2009, after graduating from Stetson University.  She is a fourth grade classroom teacher and, in 2010 and 2011, was charged with teaching writing to the entire fourth grade.  In Ms. Edwards' opinion, thinking, designing and implementing new ways to teach her students is the most creatively satisfying aspect of teaching.  Being charged with teaching writing to the entire fourth grade, she attended trainings and created exciting ways to engage her students so they would not only perform well on the FCAT, but develop a love of writing.

Described as creative, motivated and committed to lifelong learning, Ms. Edwards succeeds Leslie Birney, a 4th grade teacher from Citrus Grove Elementary School, who was Volusia County's 2013 Teacher of the Year.

In addition to Ms. Edwards, four other teachers received special recognition as finalists:

  • Jami L. Atkinson, ESE consultation teacher/academic coach, Heritage Middle
  • Melanie Kestory, 3rd grade, DeBary Elementary
  • Amber Leahey McAndrew, 4th/5th grade gifted, Tomoka Elementary
  • Jonathan Pearce, history/civics, DeLand Middle
The Teacher of the Year celebration, presented by Halifax Health, was co-hosted by FUTURES Foundation and the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Major sponsors included ARAMARK, Bank of America, Florida Power & Light, Kennedy Space Center Credit Union, University of Central Florida, Nova Southeastern University and Volusia County Council of PTAs.  In-kind donations were received from Dean Stewart Photography, Diamond Suzuki, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Expresss Printing, Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, Impressions by Naomi, Jostens and Mary's Flower Shoppe.

More than 100 businesses and organizations in Volusia County also contributed donations of goods and services to Volusia's Techer of the Year program.  For a detailed listing, select the link below.

2014 toty program donors.pdf


Island Time Arrives April 19th, 2013

Plans for the next Caribbean Party are well under way, and  sponsorship opportunities are among those plans.

Sponsorship levels are as follows:
Superintendents Level - $2,500
Principals Level - $1,000
Teachers Level - $500

Sponsors will be acknowledged at "FUTURES...Caribbean Party" and opportunities to display your company's logo will be featured on our website, e-newsletter, and in the slide show.

The Caribbean Party is always a fun, casual evening for supporters of Volusia County Schools to gather, celebrate and enjoy fine food and drink.

The venue is the Marina Grande in Holly Hill on the beautiful Halifax. Contact Kelly Ferguson at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730 for additional information.


Come join us on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Ruby Tuesday's.

Ruby Tuesday is extremely proud to be part of our hometown and believes in giving back.  As a fellow member of the community, they wish to invite you to participate in Ruby Tuesday's Community Give Back Program.  Grab your family and friends and join us at one of the following locations on February 16th!

Ruby Tuesday of Orange City - 1212 Saxon Boulevard
Ruby Tuesday of Bellaire Plaza - 2695 N. Atlantic Avenue
Ruby Tuesday of Daytona - 1808 International Speedway Boulevard

Please present the attached flyer to your server, and Ruby Tuesday will give back 20% of the each purchase to FUTURES Take Stock in Children!

ruby tuesday community giveback program certificate.pdf


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