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
March 1 - Tomorrow's Leaders Seminar - Economic Development

March 11-18 - Spring Break

March 23 - FUTURES Board Meeting

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FUTURES thanks our Regents Club Member
FUTURES thanks our Chancellors Club Member

FUTURES thanks our Deans Club Member
R & R Industries

Spring Forward and Turn  Around

In April, FUTURES has scheduled an application deadline and judging for Turn Around, a program that 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 then reviews the written recommendations and selects one student per grade for formal recognition.

All nominees will receive a certificate that will be mailed to his or her school next month, with a request that it be presented to the student during an appropriate school program.  All winners and their parents will be invited to an awards ceremony at Jackie Robinson Stadium, followed by a Daytona Cubs game.


Take Stock In Children Program

Take Stock in Children is a comprehensive program that helps Volusia County Public School students who meet certain economic criteria by providing college tuition scholarships, volunteer mentors and student support, while encouraging parental and community involvement.

Take Stock in Children has a proven state-wide record for assisting ambitious, goal oriented students to graduate from high school, attend college, and become productive citizens in our community.


To make a donation or sign up as a mentor, please contact:

Sheila Rees

Mentor Coordinator/Fund Raiser

386-255-6475 ext. 50724




Mentor Linda Froman with senior student Ericka Kirkpatrick

March, 2011

Welcome to Island Time on April 15th for FUTURES 8th Annual Caribbean Party

Dear FUTURES Supporter,

Don't forget to take your appetite along for FUTURES' eighth annual Caribbean Party on April 15th.  The evening's caterer plans such island-inspired fare:  Station #1 Carving: Cajun marinated London Broil; Mojo marinated Pork loin, both served with roasted corn, black bean salsa & rolls.  Station #2:  Penne pasta with shrimp & mango cream, Bow tie pasta w/spinach, tomato, roasted red peppers & onion.  Station #3:  Curried Chicken over rice, coconut crusted shrimp, Chowder & Fried plantains.  Station #4:  Tropical Salad mixed greens, fruit, nuts & mango dressing, Coleslaw made with pineapple, crasins & sesame dressing.  Station #5:  Assortment of mini desserts & cakes plus coffee.

The Caribbean Party features music and a raffle consisting of many theme baskets, hotel stays, race tickets, gift certificates, and other items too numerous to mention.  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.

Reservations are now available for the Party, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15th in the Riverfront Center at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 134 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach.

Make plans to attend and enjoy gourmet island cuisine prepared by Chef Papa's Catering, a longtime local favorite, and complimentary beer, wine and beverages.  The cost is $65 each, and all money raised will support FUTURES programs.  For tickets or Caribbean Party sponsorship opportunities, contact Beth Butera, FUTURES director, at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730.

Tomorrow's Leaders Program

FUTURES provides leadership training for high school juniors while providing them with exposure to the issues, resources, and programs directing Volusia County's future.  Our forty-two students from all 10 high schools, will be presenting at their Graduation Reception on April 5th.  Students will discuss the overriding issues that emerged in each of the 4 seminars, the impact this has had on the group, and the impact this has had on the initiatives they have created in response.

Tomorrow's Leaders 2010-2011

(Left) Judge Joseph Will - Criminal Justice Seminar

(Right) John Ferguson - CobbCole - Economic Development Seminar

Mini-Grant Update

As the season changes, Mini-Grant achievements are sprouting at schools all over Volusia County.  These projects and programs are funded by FUTURES.

At Freedom Elementary School, Elementary Art teacher Tiffany Blushiy is preparing for an "Art in the Dark Show" on May 4th.  Her "3/D Visual Illusions in the Dark: A Study of 20th Century Art" project, was funded by the FUTURES Mini-Grant program.  Contact the school for additional information.
Indian River Elementary School is preparing to hold an evening math event entitled "Mystery Math Night" for their parents.  Mystery Math Night will allow parents to learn strategies and games that make practicing math skills at home much more enjoyable.  Misty Martin, ESE teacher informed that the by the end of the evening, parents will have a well filled tote bag of activities that they can pull out anytime to practice math skills at home with their child.  She further added that, "Thanks to FUTURES, parents at Indian River Elementary will be taking the mystery out of math!"

At Holly Hill Elementary School, Sue Gallico says that her "Reading Buddies" program is going great.  Sue added that older students enjoy reading with their younger "buddies," and the teachers are all pleased with how well the buddies are working together.  Older students were given books to read with discussion questions.
At Starke Elementary School, Media Teacher, Angela Young purchased biographies for the library through FUTURES Mini-Grant program.  She informed that using these biographies, fourth grade students created blogs on edublogger to keep track of their research.  The blogs contained facts and information on a famous person involved in a historical debate or diplomatic event.  The students used their blogs to create social studies projects.  After holding a school social studies fair, students from Starke competed in the county social studies fair.  She stated, "We were so proud of our historians!" "Thank you to FUTURES for the financial support to fulfill our Social Studies Fair dreams!"

A few of Starke's students that competed in the Social Studies Fair

Volusia Pines Elementary School "Healthy Harvesting via our Inquiry Skills" project with Deb Hibdon are really blooming!



At Woodward Avenue Elementary School, Aaron Diedrichs, gifted teacher, is preparing for the production of "Willy Wonka Jr. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory" as a schoolwide spring play and all are invited to attend on May 20th at 7:00 p.m.  Contact the school for additional information.