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                               Celebrating 29 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

Jan. 13: Tomorrow's Leaders Seminar III

Jan. 21:  FUTURES Board Meeting

Jan. 23:  Teacher of the Year 2016 Banquet

Jan. 27:  TSIC Leadership Council

Jan. 29:  TSIC Mentor Luncheon

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FUTURES thanks our 

Teacher of the Year 2016 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Bright House Networks

Cobb Cole

Command Medical Products

Delta Dental

Florida Power & Light

Giles Electric Company

University of Central Florida


Bronze Sponsors


Dr. Fred & Linda Costello

Daytona International Speedway

Florida Health Care Plans

Gateway Bank

Intracoastal Bank

Lacey Family Charitable Foundation

Reunion Bank of Florida

The Daytona Beach News Journal

Volusia County Council of PTAs


In-Kind Sponsors

Diamond Motors

Dean Stewart Photography

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical 


Express Printing

Jostens Inc.

Space Coast Credit Union

School Board of Volusia County

Hilton Daytona Beach 

Oceanfront Resort

Wishworks Media




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Find It Fund It Volusia!

FUTURES was excited to roll out the Mini-Grant process through Find It Fund It Florida this year! Individuals, organizations and businesses are encouraged to invest in the creativity of a teacher to bring amazing learning experiences to their students, perhaps as a holiday end of year tax deduction donation. To get started, simply click on the link below to view and fund a grant.

Find It Fund It Volusia Grants 

Social Media Updates

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November/December, 2014



Take Stock in Children 

STRIDES for Education 

5K Run/Walk



Dear FUTURES Supporter,

FUTURES Take Stock in Children STRIDES for Education 5K Run/Walk on November 15th was a great success with more than $10,000 raised!  Many thanks to our 231 runners, walkers and volunteers.  We appreciate Creekside MIddle School for hosting our event!  Thank you to the following sponsors:  

Starting Gate Sponsors:  Brown and Brown of Florida, Centra Care, Florida Health Care Plans, Giles Electric Company and Reunion Bank of Florida

Red and White Sponsors:  Daytona Turkey Run, File Tech, Martin, Klayer & Associates, PL, Melvin D. Stack, PA, Dr. Benny Ramirez, and Weston & Gregory , P.A., CPAs

Mile Marker Sponsors:  Great Florida Insurance, Jeff Hoffer-State Farm, ICI Homes, LPGA, Alexis Lenssen-Raymond James, University of Central Florida, USTA, and Volusia Teacher Association

Friend of the Race Sponsors:  Jay Adams, Eric and Annie Albrecht, Aramark, School Partnerships, Dr. & Mrs. James Surratt and Pamela Woods

We hope to see you again next year!

Congratulations to our Team Prize Winners:

1st Place:  Bethune-Cookman University

2nd Place:  University High School

3rd Place:  Sugar Mill Elementary School

STRIDES 5K Run/Walk Gallery


STRIDES 5K Run/Walk Results

In Memoriam to Dr. Ted Surynt

 FUTURES and Take Stock In Children expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Theodore "Ted" Surynt who passed away in November. As an active community supporter and Stetson University professor,  Dr. Surynt developed a passion for Take Stock In Children through his Rotary Club which has supported TSIC for many years. To carry on this passion, his family requested memorials be made in lieu of flowers to our local TSIC program to provide scholarships for these amazing students.   TSIC has received more than $1,500 in his memory and we greatly appreciate the family's support of our TSIC program.  


Marcella Osteen-Rohling Named 

Agency Champion


Retired Volusia County School Principal Marcella Osteen-Rohling has been named its 2014 Agency Champion by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County.  She was recognized for this honor during the local National Philanthropy Day luncheon Nov. 14 hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter at Oceanside Country Club. 


This honor stems from Mrs. Osteen-Rohling's commitment to the local Take Stock In Children Program facilitated by FUTURES Foundation. She was introduced to FUTURES Foundation's Take Stock In Children (TSIC) Program in 2012 when she began exploring options for the creation of a scholarship program in the Southwest Volusia area. She quickly realized TSIC contained many of the aspects and accountabilities of a scholarship program she was seeking to establish. Instead of re-creating a program, she agreed to fund a TSIC scholarship each year for a student she would assist in selecting. She has funded The Marcella Osteen-Rohling Second Chance Scholarship since being introduced to the program.  As a retired Volusia County School principal and community volunteer with the Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity, Mrs. Osteen-Rohling understands the importance of providing low-income, at-risk students the "step up" they need to break the chain of poverty.


Although Mrs. Osteen-Rohling recommends the student from her Habitat for Humanity connections, FUTURES Foundation/TSIC works closely with her to ensure the selected student meets the local TSIC program's criteria. FUTURES keeps Mrs. Osteen-Rohling apprised of her students' progress in maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and meeting weekly for 30 minutes with a TSIC mentor on their high school campus.  TSIC Scholars Jack McCormick and Emily Johnson are excelling due to Mrs. Osteen-Rohling's generous support for TSIC's purchase of their four year tuition scholarship through the Florida Prepaid Program. Another benefit which attracted Mrs. Osteen-Rohling to TSIC is the dollar for dollar matching of her donation through the Stanley G. Tate STARS Scholarship Program within the Florida Prepaid Program.  Each scholarship donation currently is matched for the purchase of the scholarship thanks to the STARS program which is legislatively funded.


Originally from the rural community of Ellicottville, NY, Mrs. Osteen-Rohling received her BBA in Education from Stetson University in 1961 and returned to New York to teach for one year. Longing for Florida, she returned in 1962 where she served as Director of Christian Education at the First United Methodist Church in Sanford. In 1964, she began teaching at Enterprise Elementary School until 1967 when she took a sabbatical to complete her Master's Degree in Education at Stetson University. In 1968, she returned as a first grade teacher at Enterprise Elementary. In February 1970, she received a call from Superintendent McDermott requesting she transfer to Starke Elementary to assist with integration where she remained until 1974 when she was promoted to assistant principal at Enterprise Elementary.  In 1980, she was promoted to Principal of Osteen Elementary School which at that time consisted of all portables located in an orange grove. She was instrumental in advocating for a complete new school which was opened in 1985 where she remained until retiring in 1992. 


In addition to her support of FUTURES Foundation's Take Stock In Children Program, Mrs. Osteen-Rohling served for many years on the Board of Directors for Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity.   She is married to Edward Rohling and is a member of the West Volusia Retired Educators Association, Alpha Delta Kappa Education Sorority and St. Ann's Catholic Church in DeBary where

she currently resides.


Mini-Grant News

At Campbell Middle School, Teacher Patricia Richmond announced the "Empty Bowls" Grant was a huge success!  The goal of this STEM project was to give 250 students an understanding of the process of creating a clay bowl from the plastic stage of clay to the completed glazed bowl.  The bowls were used at the Empty Bowls fundraiser for Halifax Urban Ministries so additional benefits flowed to our community.







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