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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

June 5 - Mini-Grant evaluation forms due to FUTURES

Jun 12 - Mini-Grant unused funds due back to FUTURES

June 14 - State Match Grant evaluation due to FUTURES

August 19 - First day of school for students

For details, visit 


FUTURES is presently organizing its calendar for the 2013-2014 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. 


Shout-outs to:

Paula Gregory and staff of Weston & Gregory for their in-kind donation of bookkeeping and accounting services for the school year 2012-2013 on behalf of  FUTURES Foundation.!




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!



Ways you can help!


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, 2013 

What We'll Remember About FUTURES' Year!

Dear FUTURES Supporter,

As Volusia County Schools ends the 2012-2013 school year on June 4th, FUTURES Foundation looks back at a year of accomplishments:

  • Funded $66,415 in Mini-Grants
  • Funded over $51,000 in School Matching Grants
  • Graduated 17 Take Stock students & signed college tuition contracts with 25 new students. Currently we have 74 students in high school, 71 in college and 53 who have graduated from college
  • Secured a Progress Energy grant to fund $30,000 in energy programs
  • Co-sponsored, with the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber, the Teacher of the Year Banquet presented by Halifax Health
  • Engaged 38 Tomorrow's Leaders students in seminars covering various aspects of Volusia County
  • Hosted a successful 5K/8K race with more than 250 participants
  • Recognized 76 students at the Turn Around celebration
  • Successfully raised money through Club Memberships, Caribbean Party, License for Learning, & Payroll Deduction
  • Recognized the Elementary and Secondary Principals of the Year and Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award recipient
  • Continued emailing monthly newsletter to supporters
  • Celebrated 27 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 Kelly Ferguson at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730.


Mini-Grant Update

Sponsored by FUTURES 

As the school year concludes, Mini-Grant projects are coming to an end. These projects and programs were funded by FUTURES. 

At Creekside Middle School, Becky Ling, non-core teacher of project "Garden Shed Design Project" informed that the project allowed her to include math, design thinking, and building to the other skills.  She added by adding these qualities to the core concept it had improved vocabulary understanding by twenty five percent (25%).  The post test revealed a ninety percent (90%) total comprehension of the core concept of basics of construction design and building.



At Chisholm Elementary School, Catie Tappan, Art Specialist/Art Club Leader for project, "Works of heART Art Club" informed that it was a great success.  Sixteen students between 2nd and 5th grade were able to gather for 32 Thursday's and create a large mural, ceramic arts, paintings, drawings, plaster sculptures and more, and displayed their work at the Gemini Springs Art Festival!



Turn Around Kids Hit Home Run at Cubs Game!

At the Daytona Cubs game on May 29th, 76 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, TD Charitable Foundation for their sponsorship of the event and 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 Patrick Ball, senior at DeLand High School for having been selected into the Bonner Program at

 starting in the Fall 2013!



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

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