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                                      News from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools

                                         Celebrating 28 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 6 - Last day of school for students

June 9 - Last working day for teachers

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FUTURES is presently organizing its calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.  Current events include:

Aug. 20th -7:30 a.m. FUTURES Board Meeting

Nov. 15th - 8:30 a.m. Run for FUTURES 5K @ Champion Elementary School

Jan. 23rd, 2015 - Teacher of the Year Banquet @ 6 p.m. Daytona Hilton

You may find it first at FUTURES 

Many thanks 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 Regents Club Members 

Bank of America

Florida Health Care Plans

Bright House Networks

Consolidated Tomoka Land Co.

Daytona Turkey Run/Daytona Racing &

    Recreational Facilities District

DeLand Breakfast Rotary

Duke Energy Foundation

Florida Power & Light

Halifax Health

Rotary Club of Daytona Beach,Inc.

Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand, Inc.

SunTrust Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation
Weston & Gregory, CPA's

Shout-outs to: 

Paula Gregory and staff of Weston & Gregory, CPA's for their in-kind donation of bookkeeping and accounting services for the school year 2013-2014.

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 www.license4learning.comand be a driving force in K-12 education in Volusia County! 

Ways you can help! 

  • To 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." 

Wet'n Wild is proud to support our local schools.  With each ticket purchase $2.50 will be given back to our school district!

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A Year To Remember 

Dear FUTURES Supporter, 

As Volusia County schools ends the 2013-2014 school year on June 6th, FUTURES Foundation looks back at a year of accomplishments:

  • Funded $64,000 in Mini-Grants
  • Funded $88,510 in School Matching Grants
  • Graduated 13 Take Stock In Children students & signed college tuition contracts with 12 new students. Currently we have 68 students in high school, 191 in college and 60 who have graduated from college.
  • Secured a Progress Energy grant to fund $30,000 in energy programs in our classrooms
  • Secured a Florida Power & Light energy grant for $3,000 to fund solar energy programs in our classrooms
  • Co-sponsored, with the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber, the Teacher of the Year Banquet presented by Halifax Health where Grace Kellermeier of New Smyrna Beach High School was named the 2015 Teacher of the Year
  • Recognized the 2014 First Year Teacher Award recipients, Beth Dobberstein, Sugar Mill Elementary School and Shannon Hauser, Heritage Middle School
  • Engaged 40 Tomorrow's Leaders students in seminars covering various aspects of Volusia County
  • Recognized 80 students at the Turn Around celebration for their improvement in behavior, attitude, citizenship and grades
  • Successfully raised money through Club Memberships, Caribbean Party, License for Learning, & Payroll Deduction
  • Secured $3,000 in college scholarship dollars for former Tomorrow's Leaders students
  • Recognized the 2014 Elementary Principal of the Year Joseph Ronca of Pathways Elementary School
  • Recognized the 2014 Secondary Principal of the Year Dennis Neal of University High School
  • Recognized the 2014 Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award Winner Cecilia Rivera of Starke Elementary School
  • Emailed our monthly newsletter to supporters
  • Celebrated 28 years of supporting Volusia County Schools!
All contributions to FUTURES Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and your donation stays in Volusia County. For more information, visit our website at or contact Cynthia Ramirez at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730.

Caribbean Party:  What a Time It Was



FUTURES' 11th annual Caribbean Party  was an evening to remember.  We'd like to thank our sponsors for their generous support:

Bank of America, Bright House Networks, Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc., Cobb Cole, Command Medical Products, Consolidated Tomoka Land Co., Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Turkey Run/Daytona Racing & Recreational Facilities District, DeLand Breakfast Rotary, Doran, Sims, Wolfe, Kundid, Ciocchetti & Wagner, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Credit Union, Florida Health Care Plans, Florida Power & Light, Giles Electric Co., Inc., Halifax Health, Hayworth Public Relations, Jon Hall Chevrolet, LPGA, Raymond James, Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, Inc., Root Company, Teledyne, Rotary Club of Daytona Beach,Inc., Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand,Inc., SunTrust Foundation, The Daytona Beach News Journal, Bobby & Lee Thigpen, Wells Fargo Foundation, Ida Wright and USTA.

More than 250 community leaders and school district employees attended the party which raised more than $18,000!

First Year Teacher Awards Winners for 2014 Announced

On May 22nd, FUTURES, Volusia county Schools and Volusia Teachers' Organization announced its 2014 First Year Teacher Award recipients during its annual recognition event at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach. Beth Dobberstein, an art teacher at Sugar Mill Elementary School in Port Orange, received the Elementary level First Year Teacher Award while Shannon Hauser, a Social Studies teacher from Heritage Middle School in Deltona, received the Secondary level First Year Teacher Award.  Congratulations!

Beth Dobberstein         Shannon Hauser


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 Volusia Pines Elementary School, Angela Costa, Art Teacher reported on her classroom project, "Life Size Paper Mache Animals." She stated, "Way back when I was a 2nd grader in New York, I worked on a memorable class art project. I didn't know at the time that I would become an art teacher.  I only knew that the process was mysterious, messy and exciting!  We made a horse and an elephant sculpture out of paper mache to donate to the kindergarten play area.  Today, I witness the excitement my students have at the prospect of working on the sculptures.  Building the life-size horse and panther has been a challenge. They have emerged from a pile of wood and chicken wire in the back of the art room to become three dimensional characters that the kids are eager to pet and name. This has been a great learning experience for the students in so many ways.  I am enormously grateful to FUTURES' for helping me to revisit my past and share this exciting experience with my students.  I do not know what the future holds for these sculptures, but I do know they will live in photos and in the hearts of my students for years to come."

Also at Volusia Pines Elementary students below displayed amazing skills during their STEM project "STEM in Action." The students worked independently to design and plan their STEM projects applying the scientific method. Intermediate Teacher Debbie Hibdon explained that the students displayed amazing critical thinking skills in the assembling of their projects. 


Patricia Richmond, art teacher at Campbell Middle School announced four of her students won the Crime Stopperscounty wide poster contest.  The theme was Make Your SchoolYour Community Your World a Better Place!  The winners were Ethan Sanchez, 7th grade; K'Seante Lovett, 7th grade; Allison Rieder, 8th grade; and Jaeden Aldrich, 8th grade.  

Jaeden Aldrich and Jada Davis were recognized for their Artists Trading Cards that were exhibited at the VCS Administrative Complex in DeLand during Youth Art Month.  Students will be bringing home bowls that they have made during Ms. Richmond's first period class.  Other students will be bringing home landscapes, seascapes or city scapes inspired by Arpillera Wall Hangings of Peru. Grant funds from FUTURES paid for all the materials used. Congratulations!

Turn Around Students Hit Home Run at 

Cubs Game! 

At the May 28th Daytona Cubs game, 80 middle and high school students from Volusia County Public Schools were recognized at the 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 2014 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 more than $16,000 to any public Florida college or university. The students are:

TSIC 2014 graduates pictured  below left to right: front row kneeling, TSIC Student Advocate Jeanna Butler and TSIC Mentor Coordinator Sheila Rees; Standing: Danyale White, Alexander Benitez, Richelle Williams, Keyur Patel, D'Cota Dixon, Marisha Mars, Matthew Motil, Rubin James,ShaiLeya Wren, Anthony Williams, Morgan Lawrence and Kevin Tierney. Not pictured is Shaun Harris.




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