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                                           News from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools

                                                   Celebrating 28 Years of Support for Volusia County 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

May 16 - State Match & Mini-Grant Evaluations due to FUTURES

May 17 - Caribbean Party

May 21 - FUTURES Board Meeting

May 22 - First Year Teacher Reception

May 28 - Turn Around Program

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FUTURES thanks our Caribbean Party Sponsors

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Teachers Level

Bobby & Lee Thigpen 

Ida Wright

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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Sign up for License for Learning! The money used to purchase or renew your tag ($20 of your purchase) comes directly back to FUTURES and enables us to provide funding directly to classrooms for mentoring and tutoring, classroom innovation, curriculum enrichment and student scholarships.

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                                                                                 May, 2014   

Dear FUTURES Supporter,

The FUTURES Board is pleased to announce Cynthia Perrick Ramirez has joined its team as Executive Director.

A longtime local education supporter and former banker, Ms. Perrick Ramirez served on the FUTURES Foundation Board of Directors for many years and as its President in 2005-2006. She attended kindergarten through 12th grade in the Volusia County School District graduating from DeLand High School and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Stetson University. She may be reached at 386-255-6475 ext. 50730 or 


FUTURES To Host 11th Annual Caribbean Party

If you haven't yet made your reservation for FUTURES eleventh annual Caribbean Party, there is still time.  You won't want to miss the island cuisine by Chef Ray's Catering, live music by the Love Band and raffle baskets and silent auction.

Reservations, $65 each, continue to be available for the party, which begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th, at the News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

All money raised supports FUTURES' programs. 

Major sponsors of the Caribbean Party include: 

Superintendent Sponsors: Bank of America, Halifax Health and Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, Inc.

Principal Sponsors: Bright House Networks, Cobb Cole, Doran, Sims, Wolfe, Kundid, Ciocchetti & Wagner, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Credit Union, Florida Health Care Plans/BCBS, Florida Power & Light, LPGA, USTA, Wells Fargo Foundation and Weston & Gregory, P.A.

Teacher Sponsors: Command Medical Products, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona State College Foundation, Daytona Turkey Run/Daytona Racing & Recreational Facilities District, Giles Electric Co., Hayworth Creative, Raymond James, Root Company, Teledyne, The Daytona Beach News Journal, Bobby & Lee Thigpen and Ida Wright.

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!

Join us at the News Journal-Center in Daytona Beach on the beautiful Halifax. Contact Cynthia Perrick Ramirez at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730 for additional information.

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First-Year Teacher Nominees Announced

This year, 35 nominees were recommended by their school principals. To be considered, the nominees were to have earned a baccalaureate college degree, start a full-time teaching career on or after January 1, 2013, 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 teaching profession, and they are wonderful advocates for Volusia County Public Schools. Congratulations!  





Outstanding juniors representing Volusia County public schools were honored at a graduation reception and recognition event April 10th at the Museum of Arts & Sciences.  The 40 students were participants in the Tomorrow's Leaders program, a leadership development program sponsored by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools. 

During the 2013-2014 school year, the students participated in seminars focusing on various aspects of life in Volusia County.  Seminars focused on health care & criminal justice, education/economic development, leadership/diversity/ethics and government/education.  In addition to attending seminars and visiting appropriate sites, each student was required to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours at a community social service agency.

For the graduation program, the Tomorrow's Leaders discussed the overriding issues that emerged in each of the 5 seminars, the impact this has had on the group, and the impact this has had on the initiatives they created in response.

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FUTURES/Take Stock In Children has been working diligently with its 60 high school students and maintaining contact with those in college.

TSIC in Volusia will be graduating 13 senior students this year. These students have been working on their academics and meeting with a mentor the past four years in hopes to receive a 4 year scholarship at a Florida college/university. The Volusia County senior students are:

Danyale White, Anthony Williams, Morgan Lawrence, D'Cota Dixon, Richelle Williams, Keyer Patel, Kevin Tierney, Matthew Motil, Marisha Mars, Alexander Benitez, Shaun Harris, Shai Wren and Rubin James.


For the 2014-2015 school year, 10 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 4 year college tuition scholarship upon their high school graduation, to be used at a Florida college or university. The newly selected students are:

Gabriela Soto - Taylor High School
Isael Alfredo Manilla, Jr. - Taylor High School
Carolynn Boatfield - River Springs Middle School
Kimberly Griffiths - DeLand Middle School
O'Dregon Smith - David C. Hinson, Sr. Middle School
Brandlynn Reed - Ormond Beach Middle School
Franglica O'Connor - River Springs Middle School
Ivan Lopez - Ormond Beach Middle School
Alicia Black - Southwestern Middle School
Tais Wilson - Heritage Middle School

Each new student will sign a contract at an annual ceremony at Daytona Speedway on May 15th and meet their mentor. If you are interested in mentoring a TSIC student, please contact Sheila Rees at 386-947-8788 ext 50724.

FUTURES Turn-Around Program

Spring forward and Turn Around!  FUTURES selected their Turn Around recipients for 2014.  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 28th.


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