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                                   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

June 11 - Take Stock Leadership Council

June 12 - Mini-Grant unused funds to be returned to FUTURES

June 14 - State Match Grant Evaluation due to FUTURES

For details, visit


FUTURES thanks our Regents Club Members:


FUTURES thanks our Chancellors Club Members:


Lacey Family Charitable Foundation

FUTURES thanks our Deans Club Members:

Dickens & Associates, Inc.

Lacey Family Charitable Foundation

Jim & Elizabeth Surratt

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!



It is no secret that Cynthia Ramirez supports education; in fact, she proudly advertises her support on the back of her car.

Mrs. Ramirez said she happily pays the extra $20 fee for her plate.  she is the former president and current member of FUTURES.  "It's a way to support something or show passion for one thing or another," she said.  "I also hope when a teacher sees my plates that they feel appreciated and supported."



Celebrate TEEN DRIVERS while helping your school compete for a $100,000 grant and a hometown concert - October 18-26, 2013.

Your school is invited to join Celebrate My Drive (CMD) 2013, an opportunity for students and communities to come together to celebrate 2013's class of new drivers.  The first year behind the wheel is the most dangerous for teens, and it's an issue we know is important to your school.

State Farm is rallying communities to promote teen driver safety by providing positive safe driving messages, inviting teens to join the party online and hosting events that celebrate new teen drivers.  Participating in CMD is simple.  All you need to do is register your school online by 9/30/13.

This fall, you can attend a CMD event near your, or contact a local State Farm agent about partnering together on an event.  Events will feature students and student organizations form schools throughout the community, banding together to generate buzz and excitement around teen driver safety.  Events will take place leading up to and during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18-26, 2013.

Encourage your students to participate in teen driver safety through online support of your school, and compete for the change to win a $100,000 grant!  Your school could also win a hometown concert with a chart topping artist!

Schools can register and sign up to receive more information at





Port Orange Lions Club donates $500 to Take Stock in Children

The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world and is found in more than 200 countries.  their main mission is to help those with sign and hearing needs.  They also use the money earned through their fund-raisers to support their community, thus helping young citizens find a pathway to success via higher education opportunities!  The club also participates in the mentoring aspect of the TSIC program which benefits both the student and the mentor.


Daytona Beach Rotary donates $2,000 to purchase TSIC scholarship

The Daytona Beach Rotary not only donates monetarily, but they also support the TSIC prgram as mentors.  Rotary members Samoya Calvin, Melinda Jefferies, Zaria Young and Kristin Waters donate their time as mentors to TSIC students.

Attention Teachers:

Go to to print a coupon to receive a free cup of coffee from Panera in recognition of teacher appreciation week!


  May, 2013

FUTURES Caribbean Party 2013
"Best Ever"

Dear FUTURES Supporter,

FUTURES tenth annual Caribbean Party was an evening to remember at the MG on the Halifax!  What a great turn-out!  The community really responded and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those in attendance and our event sponsors for their support!

Bank of America, Bright House Networks, Brown & Brown Insurance, Cobb Cole, Daytona Beach Women's Center, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona State College Foundation, Doran, Sims, Wolfe & Kundid, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, John & Kelly Ferguson, Florida Capital Bank, Giles Electric Co., Inc., Hayworth Creative Public Relations, Jon Hall Chevrolet, LPGA, Reames Employee Benefits, Rice & Rose Law Firm, Root Company, Smith, Hood, Loucks, Stout, Bigman & Brock, PA, State Farm Insurance, The Daytona Beach News Journal, Bobby & Lee Thigpen, University of Central Florida, USTA, and Weston & Gregory, PA.

First-Year Teacher Awards Winners for 2013 Announced

On Tuesday, May 7th, FUTURES, Volusia County Schools and Volusia Teachers' Organization honored their First Year Teachers.  The 25 nominees were recommended by their principals.  To be considered for this recognition, the nominees were to have earned a baccalaureate college degree, start a full-time teaching career on or after January 1, 2012, performed outstandingly based on standards established by the school district, and nominated by their principals.  Their enthusiasm, energy and vision are important elements of the teacher profession, and they are wonderful advocates for Volusia County Schools.  We applaud them all for their success as teachers!

The nominees were:
Lynne Allen - Manatee Cove Elementary
Mercedes Booth - Orange City Elementary
Venessa Cassel - Sweetwater Elementary
Christina Chan - Pine Trail Elementary
Lauren Clarke - Woodward Avenue Elementary
Altamont Coley - Heritage Middle
Angela Curtis - Online Learning
Matt Dixon - New Smyrna Beach High
Julian Doster - New Smyrna Beach Middle
Denielle Dutil - Friendship Elementary
Andrew Elbin - Discovery Elementary
Susan Gregor - Taylor Middle High
Monica Guidotti - Southwestern Middle
Lisa Holzer - DeLand Middle
Deborah Housely - Volusia Pines Elementary
Lindsay Mather - DeLand High
Charles Munk - River Springs Middle
Jessica Nuzzo - Cypress Creek Elementary
Nancy Perez - Starke Elementary
Stephanie Perrick - University High
Carl Shafer - Hinson Middle
Aaron Shank - Read-Patillo Elementary
Aimee Shank - Westside Elementary
Jeffrey Turek - Silver Sands Middle
Keisha Wallace - Atlantic High

A selection committee reviewed the nominees' applications and selected the first Year Teacher winners for 2013.  This year's recipients were Jessica Nuzzo, primary teacher at Cypress Creek Elementary School and Keisha Wallace, Core Teacher at Atlantic High School.  Congratulations to you both!

FUTURES Turn-Around Program

forward and Turn Around!  FUTURES selected their Turn Around recipients for 2013.  As part of Volusia County School's drop-out prevention program, the Turn Around program recognizes middle and high school students who have demonstrated a marked improvement in school involvement and citizenship.

The principal of each school, with the input of guidance counselors and teachers, recommended students for each grade level.  A FUTURES committee reviewed the written recommendations and selected one student per grade per school for recognition.

All winners and their parents are invited to the Turn Around Awards ceremony at Jackie Robinson Stadium, followed by a Daytona Cubs game on May 29th.


Congratulations to this years Turn Around winners!

High School
Atlantic High
Kiara Smith, Dakia Johnson, Asia Smith and Nichole Ellis
DeLand High
Ryan Matthews, Dariyana Castro and Aaron Anderson
Deltona High
Damien Rodriguez
Mainland High
Franklin Hardwick, Jr., Shayoni Williams, Shab'ner Waldon and Kersilyn Roundtree
New Smyrna Beach High
Jordan Baker, Cody Sanford, Zachary Hillier and Mersadi Ayala
Pine Ridge High
Joseph Green, Eric Navarro, Gina Benitez and Jean Reyes
Riverview Learning Center
Austin Vance
Seabreeze High
Deyona Tucker Seay and Benjamin Robinson
Spruce Creek High
Sandwanna Washington, Bigem Tamer, Hailey Hayes and
Rachel Jakovenko
Taylor High
Briana Adams, Brittney Adams, Samantha Dotson and Noel Bueno
University High

Kyle Tierney, Sadie Sohan and Kevin Sibila

Middle School
Campbell Middle
Herbert Pinckney, Jr., Roshanda Lee and Maurice Headen
Creekside Middle
Jaylon Endicott, Zachary Strassel and Hunter Delucia
DeLand Middle
Austin Hoyt, Kevin Gains and Kawayna Sanders
Deltona Middle
Shane Cote, Joshua McCray and Donovan Caton
Galaxy Middle
Luke Wathen-Miller, Zion Jones and Cameron Myles
Heritage Middle
Joshua Garay, Arthur Higgins and Sade Clay
Highbanks Learning Center
Matthew O'Neill
Hinson Middle
Empress Overstreet and Mathew Whitehouse
Holly Hill School
Austin David and Drake White
New Smyrna Beach Middle
Jacob Hager, Brandon Barrow and Branden Kowall
Ormond Beach Middle
Hunter Anderson, Holly Hudome and Benjamin Canney
River Springs MiddleC
Charles Correro, Ashley Seidel and Thaddeus Filipek
Riverview Learning Center
Belinda Adams
Silver Sands Middle
Keith Daffern-Wooton, Thomas Manning and Keyonte Upton
Southwestern Middle
Evan Arreseigor, Cielo Salgado and Jarret Woide
Taylor Middle

Jose Lopez, Erick Cervantes and Keyla Parada


Take Stock In Children


Take Stock in Children will hold its annual Senior Recognition Ceremony at Daytona International Speedway on May 18th.  Th event will recognize newly selected 8th grade participants as well as graduating high school seniors.

Twelve (12) new freshmen students at various high schools will begin their 4 year TSIC journey.  These students, if they maintain a 3.0 GPA, stay drug and crime free and meet with a mentor at school weekly, will each receive a Florida Prepaid 4 year college tuition scholarship upon their high school graduation, to be used at a Florida college or university.  The newly selected students are:

Cody Carrier - Ormond Beach Middle School
Kevin Olson - Hinson Middle School
Emily Romans - River Springs Middle School
Kamyl Alicia - River Springs Middle School
Ester Grealish - Creekside Middle School
Grace Lloyd - Hinson Middle School
Emily Johnson - Heritage Middle School
Samoya Calvin - Campbell Middle School
Melinda Jefferies - Campbell Middle School
Zaria Young - Holly Hill School
Kristin Waters - Campbell Middle School

Take Stock in Children will be graduating sixteen (16) senior students this year.  These students have been working on their academics and meeting with a mentor for the past four years in hopes to receive a 4 year Florida Prepaid scholarship.  The senior students are:

Brianna Alvoid - Atlantic High School
Olivia Clavelo - Mainland High School
Rachel DeGolier - Mainland High School
Sara Knollinger - New Smyrna Beach High School
Bionna Simpkins - New Smyrna Beach High School
Stephanine Weiland - New Smyrna Beach High School
Vivian Weiland - New Smyrna Beach High School
Arthur Heinrichson - Spruce Creek High School
Dwaine Johnson - Spruce Creek High School
James Carter, II - DeLand High School
Karina Delacruz - Deltona High School
Evan Controneo - University High School
Grecia Delgado - Taylor High School
Jesica Juarez - Taylor High School
Patrick Ball - DeLand High School
Jon MontesDeOca - Spruce Creek High School


The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank recently donated a total of $3,000 to FUTURES Foundation as part of the bank's commitment to giving back to the community.

A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy, TD Bank, America's Mot Convenient Bank and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.

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