News from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools
Celebrating 26 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
April 5 - Tomorrow's Leaders Graduation Program

April 15 - Caribbean Party

April 26 - First Year Teacher Reception

May 23 - Turn Around Program
For details, visit

FUTURES thanks our Presidents Club Member  

Lacey Charitable Foundation 

FUTURES thanks our Deans Club Members
 Food Supply, Inc.
FUTURES thanks our Caribbean Party Sponsors
Superintendents Level
Principals Level
Teachers Level
Fletch Ed Services
Spring Forward and Turn Around
In April, FUTURES will select their Turn Around recipients.  Turn Around recognizes students who have turned over a new leaf.
Part of Volusia County School's drop-out prevention program, Turn Around seeks middle and high school students who make marked improvements in school involvement and citizenship.
The principal of each school, with the input of guidance counselors and teachers, will recommend three students per grade level.  A FUTURES committee will then review the written recommendations and select per school one student per grade for recognition.
All winners and their parents will be invited to the Turn Around Awards ceremony at Jackie Robinson Stadium, followed by a Daytona Cubs game.
April, 2011

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

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:

  • To date, participating schools and local businesses raised a grand total of $10,144.90.
  • Spirit Banners for the elementary and secondary schools that raised the most money per capita through Bowl-A-Thon will be presented to an elementary and a secondary school principal in May.  Each 6-foot-long banner will be displayed in the winning schools' main office.
Mini-Grant Update

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