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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

March 6:  Tomorrow's Leaders Seminar-Gov't. Educ & Grad Workshop

March 11:  TSIC Leadership Council

March 19:  FUTURES Board Meeting

For details, visit



FUTURES thanks our Teacher of the Year Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors:



Silver Sponsors:




Bronze Sponsors:

Fred & Linda Costello



In-Kind Sponsors:

Diamond Motors

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Express Printing

Jostens, Inc.

Dean Stewart Photography

Hollis Instatute @ Stetson University

The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Wet n' Wild  

Naomi Weiss & Dan D'Antonio

B C Spas


State Grant Match News

Pam Woods, VCS Liaison for Homeless Students purchased Chromebooks for her students from State Grant Match funds.



TSIC Mentor and Coordinator Sheila Rees was recognized by the Kiwanis Club of DeLand as "Champion of Youth 2014" at Stetson University on February 15th.


Congratulations Sheila!



17th Annual Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund/RayZ Awareness 5K 1 Mile Fun Run Walk 2014


The Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund would like to invite you, your friends and fellow runners to attend their race on April 5, 2014.


17th Annual Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund/RayZ Awareness 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run @ Ormond Beach Florida Birthplace of Speed Oceanfront Park, 7:30 a.m. on April 5th.


Visit: Click Here  for more information


Register at:  Click Here




The Daytona Spring Turkey Run - A Three Day Weekend Extravaganza!


Celebrating its 25th year, the Spring Daytona Turkey the same great format as the Thanksgiving Daytona Turkey Run!


Date: March 28-30, 2014


Location:  Daytona International Speedway Infield


Visit:  Click Here

for more information


March, 2014

Teacher of the Year 2015 

Dear FUTURES Supporter,

DAYTONA Beach - Grace Kellermeier, French teacher and coach from New Smyrna Beach High, is Volusia County Schools' Teacher of the Year 2015.

The announcement was made on February 28th at the Teacher of the Year banquet presented by Halifax Health, and co-hosted by FUTURES Foundation and the School Board of Volusia County. The celebration was attended by over 900 friends of public education.

"We are so proud of our teachers here in Volusia County, and we love to take any opportunity we can to highlight how amazing they are," said Sam Willett, FUTURES President. "Our board feels very strongly that our teachers need to be praised, validated and celebrated as an incredible group of professionals."

Major sponsors of the Teacher of the Year banquet included Presenting Sponsor Halifax Health, Bank of America, Daytona Beach Car Shows, Bright House Networks, Florida Power & Light, University of Central Florida, Fred & Linda Costello, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Intracoastal Bank and Volusia County Council PTA's.  

More than 75 businesses and organizations in Volusia County also contributed donations of goods and services to Volusia's Teacher of the Year program.


Teacher of the Year Nominees honored at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Teacher of the Year nominees were honored at a reception by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on February 15th.


FUTURES Tomorrow's Leaders enjoyed their experiences at the fourth seminar, Leadership, Diversity, and Ethics. Leadership Training-Maximizing your potential as part of a team, embracing your own diversity & participating in the development of others, developing civic responsibility & awareness, considering ethics in professional and personal circumstances.


"Team Building" at ERAU


"Ropes Obstacle Course" at Stewart-Marchman



Mini-Grant News


Volusia County Schools Student Transportation Services creates "The Mobile Safety City".  An education facility that features a child-sized miniature town with buildings, streets, crosswalks, traffic lights, railroad crossing and other related community features.  This program was designed for elementary aged students K-5 to learn bicycle safety, bus safety, pedestrian safety, traffic safety, traffic signs and lights.



Island Time Arrives on May 17, 2014

Plans for the next Caribbean Party are well under way, and sponsorship opportunities are among those plans. Sponsorship levels are as follows:
Superintendents Level - $2,500
Principals Level - $1,000
Teachers Level - $500

Sponsors will be acknowledged at "FUTURES…..Caribbean Party" and opportunities to display your company's logo will be featured on our website, e-newsletter, and in the slide show.

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

The venue is the News Journal Center in Daytona Beach on the beautiful Halifax. Contact Kelly Ferguson at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730 for additional information.


FUTURES received a $1,290.00 contribution from the Wet'n Wild rebate program for Volusia County Schools Promotion. The Partners in Education (PIE) program offers exclusive discounts, plus gives back $2.50 with every ticket purchase!



WET 'N WILD ORLANDO ANNOUNCES NEW HIGH-SPEED ATTRACTION FOR SUMMER 2014 Aqua Drag Racer Will be the Tallest and Fastest of its Kind in Florida

A high-speed race awaits guests this summer when Wet 'n Wild Orlando opens Florida's tallest and fastest water-based racing attraction of its kind. The Aqua Drag Racer will be six stories tall and propel guests through four lanes of head-to-head competition at fifteen feet per-second before splashing them across the finish line.

Guests will take their mark, get ready for a full throttle adrenaline rush and then power through enclosed braided, twisting tunnels as they accelerate into four parallel racing lanes. They will gain even more speed before rushing toward the finish line. The Aqua Drag Racer is designed to be the wettest and wildest high-speed drag race ever.

"The new Aqua Drag Racer will pull guests into a high-speed thrill ride unlike any other around," said Michael Black, Sr. Vice President & GM of Wet 'n Wild. "This ride combines friendly competition along with the excitement of sharing the rush with family and friends."

Wet 'n Wild, Orlando's premier waterpark, sets the standard for thrills and over-the-top excitement - offering world-class attractions to thrill-seekers of all ages. Families can share a wide variety of waterpark adventure, with more than fifteen themed rides and attractions and more multi-person rides than any other waterpark in Central Florida. Experience a deep space adventure that's light years from ordinary on The Black Hole™: The Next Generation, encounter a splashing does of group therapy on the Brain Wash™ or boogie down on the retro raft adventure Disco H2O™. At Wet 'n Wild you'll find high-speed, seriously twisted, multi-person adventures that let you feel the fun and share the rush.

ASHLEY REYES, WET 'N WILD 407-248-3002
KELSEY EDGAR, WET 'N WILD 407-348-3038

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