News from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools
Celebrating 26 Years of Support for Volusia County Public Schools
The Sweetwater Elementary Elementary Peli-CANS Steel Drum Band
FUTURES To Host 8th Annual Caribbean Party
Dear FUTURES Supporter,
If you haven't yet made your reservation for FUTURES eighth annual Caribbean Party, there is still time. You won't want to miss the island cuisine by Chef Papa's Catering, plus music and entertainment.
Reservations, $65 each, continue to be available for the party, which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in the Riverfront Center at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 134 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach.
All money raised will support FUTURES programs.
Major sponsors of the Caribbean Party include:
Superintendent Sponsors: Bank of America, Florida Health Care Plans, Florida Power & Light and Reames Employee Benefit Solutions
Principal Sponsors: Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc., Cobb Cole, Consolidated Tomoka Land Co., Daytona International Speedway, Doran, Sims, Wolfe, Ansay & Kundid, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fifth Third Bank, LPGA, Progress Energy, Rice & Rose Law Firm, USTA Florida and Weston & Gregory, PA
Teacher Sponsors: Command Medical Products, Cottage Row Counseling, Daytona Beach Women's Center, Daytona State College Foundation, Fletch Ed Services, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Giles Electric Company, Inc., Jon Hall Chevrolet, Root Company, The Daytona Beach News Journal.
Join us at the Riverfront Center at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach on the beautiful Halifax. Contact Beth Butera at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730 for additional information.
Tomorrow's Leaders Graduation
Outstanding juniors representing Volusia County public schools were honored at a graduation reception and recognition event on April 5th at the Museum of Arts & Sciences. The 42 students were participants in the Tomorrow's Leaders program, a leadership development program sponsored by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools.
During the 2010-2011 school year, the students participated in seminars focusing on various aspects of life in Volusia County. Seminars focused on the criminal justice system, health/social services, government/diversity and business/economics. In addition to attending seminars and visiting appropriate sites, each student was required to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours at a community social service agency.
For the graduation program, the Tomorrow's Leaders students collaborated and prepared a power point presentation that narrated and illustrated the collective experiences of their growth through participating in the Tomorrow's Leaders program.
FUTURES Tomorrow's Leaders 2010-2011
2010 Bowl-A-Thon Fundraising Total Announced
Bowl-A-Thon 2011 wrapped up in mid-March, and most of the funds raised have now been turned over to FUTURES to support its educational programs. Here is a little more about the fundraiser:
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 George Marks Elementary School, Suzanne Goodin primary teacher informed that 3rd grade students participated in the after-school enrichment math club - "Math is Delicious".
At Starke Elementary School students below assembled a variety of electronic kits through the grant project, "Koala Talkers Explore Electricity". Teacher Ms. Sharon Lloyd informed that students understand that the circuit must be closed and diodes must be placed in the correct direction for the kits to work. She further added that by the end of the year, the Koala Talkers will be able to build a simple circuit.
Westside Elementary School, teacher Shirley Anderson informed that kindergarten students were preparing for a performance in conjunction with their "Listening is an Art" grant.
At DeLand Middle School, seventh graders participated in a BookPass to decide which book they would like to read under the grant project "Novels for Novices". Patricia Lapinsky, core teacher, purchased multiple copies of novels with the grant funds she received from FUTURES.
At Mainland High School, Diane Talley, ESE teacher informed that the grant received from FUTURES for the project "Your Body, Your Life" is being used for the science students at Mainland. She further informed that they were learning about the food pyramids and how they can feed their bodies correctly or incorrectly, after exploring each food group.
Take Stock in Children
The FUTURES/Take Stock In Children has been working diligently with its 60 high school students and maintaining contact with those in college.
TSIC in Volusia will be graduating 12 senior students this year. These students have been working on their academics and meeting with a mentor the past four years in hopes to receive a 2+2 Florida Prepaid scholarship. This pays for 2 years of community college tuition at a Florida college and 2 years of tuition at a Florida college/university. The Volusia County senior students are:
Benrahou, Layla-Atlantic High School
Bernard, Alicia-New Smyrna Beach High School
Demiduk, Hannah-Taylor Middle High School
Kirkpatrick, Ericka-New Smyrna Beach High School
LaTorre, Christine-Seabreeze High School
Mercado, Jasmine-Deltona High School
Padron, Sergio-Taylor Middle High School
Shine, Sommer-DeLand High School
Smith, Brittany-Deltona High School
Thompson, MacKenzie-Spruce Creek High School
Walker, Latevin-Atalantic High School
Welter, Jeremy-New Smyrna Beach High School
For the 2011-2012 school year, 13 new freshmen students at various high schools will begin their 4 year TSIC journey. These students, if they maintain a 3.0 GPA, stay drug and crime free and meet with a mentor at school weekly, will each receive a Florida Prepaid 2 year college tuition scholarship upon their high school graduation, to be used at a Florida college or university. In addition, they may apply to TSIC to earn an additional 2 year scholarship for outstanding academic achievement. The newly selected students are:
Arce, Christopher-Galaxy MS, attending Deltona High School
Birch, Daezya-Southwestern MS, attending DeLand High School
Duffus, Shawnetta-Hinson MS, attending Mainland High School
Garcia, Jefferey-Silver Sands MS, attending Atlantic High School
Parker, Tomaree-Heritage MS, attending Pine Ridge High School
Peluso, Joseph-Ormond Beach MS, attending Seabreeze High School
Quickery, Patirica-Holly Hill MS, attending Mainland High School
Raspotnik, Kaeli-Campbell MS, attending Atlantic High School
Settle, Paige-Heritage MS, attending Pine Ridge High School
Shugarts, Caitlin-Ormond Beach MS, attending Mainland High School
Suksawat, Kaya-Southwestern MS, attending University High School
Valezquez, Ilse-Taylor Middle High School
Woulard, William-Southwestern MS, attending DeLand High School
Each new student will sign a contract at an annual ceremony at Daytona Speedway on May 14th and meet their mentor. If you are interested in mentoring a TSIC student, please contact Sheila Rees at 386-947-8788 x50724.
New TSIC students Tomaree Parker and Paige Settle
of Heritage Middle School