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FUTURES Foundation Announces Superintendent’s Creative Mini-Grant Award Recipient
FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools named this year's recipient of the Superintendent's Mini-Grant Creativity Award at a recent celebratory program in the Performing Arts Center at Mainland High School.  

Volusia County School Superintendent Tom Russell presented Elizabeth Pearce from DeLand Middle School with the annual Superintendent's Creative Mini-Grant Award for her project Sew Electrifying.  This project will create a sewing learning module through Canvas, the Volusia County Schools' online learning platform. The unit will begin with basic sewing skills starting with threading a needle. By the end of the unit, students will be creating LED bracelets, light up stuffed animals, face masks, and touchscreen puppets. As a culmination to the module, students will create a wearable technology using their sewing skills and the electronic technology.

In addition to being honored at the event, FUTURES Foundation presented Ms. Pearce $250 in recognition for her creativity in addition to fully funding her $440 grant which was sponsored by Duke Energy Foundation. This year's Mini-Grant sponsors include Cici and J. Hyatt Brown; Daytona International Auto Mall; Duke Energy Foundation; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Florida Health Care Plans; Florida Hospital; Florida Power & Light; Heart of Volusia Inc.; License For Learning (FL Division of Motor Vehicles); SGM Engineering; Space Coast Credit Union; SunTrust Bank; and Wyotech-Daytona/ECMC Foundation.  

Nine additional projects were recognized for their creativity: Dr. Marie Bracciale & Carol Pugliese, "Dinner at 4: A STEM Integrated Cooking Club using Nutrition, Math, and Science," Sugar Mill Elementary; Kelli Bundza, Lilly Gors, Shane Keating & Merrick Johnson, "Darwin Day," Spruce Creek High School; Amy Dorton, "The Scientific Findings of Leonard da Vinci," Forest Lake Elementary; Rosa Salgado, "The Art & Science of Baking: Introducing Students to Math and Science through the Confectionary Arts," Southwestern Middle; Martin Thomas, "Archaeology Adventures," Deltona Middle; Keith Wallace, "Electrical Training Board," Deltona High; Scott Warren, Jim Maynard, Laura Filipek, Lynn Boyles, Joe Thomas, Chris Taylor and Philip Everetts, "Musical Instrument Design and Construction Project," Pine Ridge High; Margaret Williams, "Come Glow with me," Port Orange Elementary; and Jeanne Wright, "Cleaning the Ocean," Cypress Creek Elementary.

This is the fourth year FUTURES Foundation is using an online teacher mini-grant portal, Find it & Fund it, Volusia! to assist local teachers obtain the resources they need. The Find it & Fund it, Volusia! website was created to provide teachers with a way to secure funding through crowd sourcing their ideas and provide students with opportunities they would not have otherwise. Through this platform, teachers can request funding for a variety of projects and donors can fund them, either fully or partially, with 100% of contributions going directly to the posted project. Teachers can also promote their projects through their own social media networks. As a 501(c)(3), donations to FUTURES Foundation for these teacher Mini Grant requests may be tax deductible; please consult your tax advisor.  

Through the portal, teachers submitted 197 grant requests totaling more than $152,000. FUTURES Foundation and its sponsors were able to fund more than $75,790 to 140 Volusia County Teachers during the Oct. 12th Mini-Grant reception hosted by FUTURES. The public is encouraged to visit to view these creative, innovative grants and assist local teachers in finalizing funding for their projects.  

FUTURES' vision is "All Volusia County Public School Students are equipped and prepared for college or career success" and its mission statement is "We engage business and civic leaders to promote and achieve educational excellence for Volusia County Public Schools."  For more information about FUTURES, please call Executive Director Cynthia Ramirez at 386-255-6475, ext. 50730, or email her at  

Photo 1 - Elizabeth Pearce from DeLand Middle School received the Superintendent's Creative Mini-Grant Award from Superintendent Tom Russell

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