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
June 1 - Mini-Grant evaluation forms due

June 9 - Take Stock Leadership Council

For details, visit

FUTURES is presently organizing its calendar for the 2011-2012 school year.

You may find it first at FUTURES

Many thanks go to the thousands of you who have visited us online this school year. Bookmark the FUTURES website and look for even more FUTURES news online in the coming months.

FUTURES thanks our Chancellors Club Members

FUTURES thanks our Deans Club Members
Rotary Club of Daytona Beach
Shout-outs to:

Paula Gregory and staff of Weston & Gregory for their in-kind donation of bookkeeping and accounting services for the school year 2010-2011 (totaling $10,895) on behalf of FUTURES Foundation.

And a Shout-out to Janice Goodman, Mark Lacey, Susan Mendez and Sophia O'Keefe for their generous contributions through the Progress Energy Employee Giving Campaign.

"Employee Giving Campaign"

Don't Wait in Line--Buy or Renew Online!

If you've been meaning to make the switch to the license tag that will directly benefit FUTURES but didn't want to make that trip to the DMV, you can now take care of it with a few simple clicks!

Established in 1995 the "license for learning tag" has provided more than $9.3 million for K-12 education in Florida. Each tag sale or renewal made in Volusia County results in a $20 contribution to FUTURES.

Visit and be a driving force in K-12 education in Volusia County!

  • T o motivate and encourage creative and innovative educational programs
  • To assist students in preparing for the workforce of tomorrow
  • To encourage and increase business and civic involvement with the school system
  • To recognize outstanding achievement by students, teachers, and support staff
  • To assist in the recruitment and development of the highest quality teachers
  • To raise the level of public understanding and support through improved communication and distribution of information

On behalf of FUTURES board members and staff, we wish you a safe and happy summer!

Many thanks to Alternate Image for their donation of the website design, development, and web hosting services to FUTURES web page. Alternate Image, founded in 1998, is a web design and web application development company in Daytona Beach that is a family owned and operated. The staff at Alternate Image has many team members who grew up in the Volusia County school system and recognizes the "importance of contributing to the future of our children."

June, 2011

A Year To Remember

Dear FUTURES Supporter,

As Volusia County schools ends the 2010-11 school year on June 1st, FUTURES Foundation looks back at a year of accomplishments:
  • Funded close to $64,000 in Mini-Grants
  • Funded over $37,000 in School Matching Grants
  • Graduated 11 Take Stock students & signed college tuition contracts with 13 new students. Currently we have 66 students in high school, 54 in college and 53 who have graduated from college
  • Secured a Progress Energy grant to fund $30,000 in energy programs
  • Secured a Florida Power & Light energy grant for $3,000 to fund solar energy programs
  • Co-sponsored, with the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber, the Teacher f the Year Banquet presented by Bright House Networks
  • Engaged 42 Tomorrow's Leaders students in seminars covering various aspects of Volusia county
  • Recognized 85 students at the Turn Around celebration
  • Recognized 53 staff members at recognition receptions
  • Successfully raised money through Club Memberships, Caribbean Party, Bowl-A-Thon, License for Learning, & Payroll Deduction
  • Secured $3,000 in college scholarship dollars for former Tomorrow's Leaders students
  • Recognized the Elementary and Secondary Principals of the Year and Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award recipient
  • Secured S.T.E.M. funding enabling students and their teacher to work side by side with four Harris Company engineers in physically designing and building sophisticated robotics systems
  • Continued emailing monthly newsletter to supporters
  • Celebrated 26 years of supporting Volusia County Schools!
All contributions to FUTURES Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and the money stays in Volusia County. For more information, visit our website at or contact Beth Butera at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730.

Mini-Grant Update
Sponsored by FUTURES

As the school year concludes, Mini-Grant projects have come to an end. These projects and programs were funded by FUTURES. Here are a few of the final projects:

At Pride Elementary School , Eugene Bush intermediate teacher informed that 5th grade reading students, a dedicated group of children who believe that reading is a life-long adventure, trained and became the Jedi Trainers at Pride. Mr. Bush added that the students inspired and poured their passion for reading into the hearts of the younger students that trained from January - May, 2011 in the "Jedi Reader Academy".

At R.J. Longstreet Elementary students below displayed amazing skills during the project "Solar Oven". The students worked independently to design and plan their ovens applying the scientific method. Teacher Justina Thomas Smith informed that the students displayed amazing critical thinking skills in assembling their solar ovens and that the treats made in them were added bonuses.

At Spirit Elementary School, teacher Vicky Lynne Dubin informed that FUTURES grant funding enabled her to offer a writing workshop for kindergarten students and their parents called, "Help Your Child Write the Right Way!" She stated that the families involved had a great time and were very appreciative of the opportunity to learn how to help their child be a successful writer.

Turn Around Kids Hit Home Run at Cubs Game!

At the Daytona Cubs game on May 25th, 85 middle and high school students from Volusia County public schools were recognized at FUTURES Turn Around program. "Turn Around" recognizes and rewards students for making significant improvement in their behavior, attitude, citizenship and grades.

Proud parents watched as their children were commended by their school principal/representative and pre-game announcements offered congratulations. A Turn Around student was selected to throw out the first pitch and all students and their families enjoyed a meal and the game.

Thank you, Daytona Cubs for supporting FUTURES! And many thanks to Special Events Services for their donation of chairs, podium and PA system for the event!

Take Stock In Children

Congratulations to FUTURES/Take Stock In Children 2011 Graduates! These students graduated with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and met with a mentor throughout high school to earn a tuition scholarship worth over $11,000 to any Florida college or university. The students are:

Layla Benrahou - Atlantic High School
  • Attending Daytona State College
Alicia Bernard - New Smyrna Beach High School
  • Attending the University of Florida to study Pre-Law
Hannah Demiduk - Taylor Middle High School
  • Received Florida Opportunity Scholarship
  • Attending the University of Florida to study Forensic Science
Ericka Kirkpatrick - New Smyrna Beach High School
  • Class of 2011 Valedictorian
  • Medallion of Excellence Scholar
  • Received Florida Opportunity Scholarship
  • Attending the University of Florida to study Microbiology
Christine Latorre - Seabreeze High School
  • Attending the University of Central Florida to study either Business or Nursing
Jasmine Mercado - Deltona High School
  • Attending Daytona Sate College, then the University of Central Florida to study Nursing
Sommer Shine - DeLand High School
  • Attending Daytona State College to study Photography
MacKenzie Thompson - Spruce Creek High School
  • Attending Daytona State College to finish her AA, then Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to study Aviation
Latevin Walker - Atlantic High School
  • Attending Central Methodist University to play football and study Engineering
Jeremy Welter - New Smyrna Beach High School
  • Attending the University of Florida to study Physiology/Pre-Med

provided gift items and gift cards for the graduates. Thank you Belk for supporting Take Stock In Children.