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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
November 12 - TSIC Leadership Council AND Tomorrow's Leaders Seminar I

November 20 - FUTURES Board Meeting

November 23 - Run for FUTURES 8K/5K Run-Walk
For details, visit

FUTURES thanks our Club Members who contributed during the month of October, 2013:
Civic League of the Halifax Area, Inc.
Cohen, Smith & Co., PA
Dickens and Associates, Inc.
File Tech, LLC
Tietjen Technologies, Inc.
Craig Wells

FUTURES thanks our Event Sponsors who contributed during the month of October, 2013:
Adams Homes of Northwest Florida, Inc.
John & Kelly Ferguson
File Tech, LLC
Giles Electric Co., Inc.
H.J. High Construction Co.
Reunion Bank of Florida
James Surratt

"FUTURES receives $30,000 grant from 
Duke Energy Foundation"

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools received a $30,000 contribution from Duke Energy for "FUTURES Mini-Grant Program and Volusia County Schools Energy Project".  The Mini-Grant program will provide science grants for classroom teachers.  The energy Project will focus on the student's study of topics from energy costs to energy benefits. Students will design and produce STEM projects with a special emphasis on wind power. 

Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) provides electricity and related services to approximately 1.7 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando.  Duke Energy Florida is pursing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region.  That balance includes increased energy efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the art electricity system. More information is available at
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. 

"FUTURES receives $115,000 from BB&T
for Volusia County Schools Homeless Students"

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County received their first installment of $30,000 which is part of a $115,000 pledge from the BB&T Corporation through their McKinney-Vento Program in support of Volusia County Schools' homeless students.  BB&T representative Billy Copeland presented the check on October 8th to Pam Woods, Volusia County Schools district Homeless Liaison, Sam Willett, FUTURES President and Kelly Ferguson, FUTURES Director at the Volusia County School board meeting.
BB&T executives and branch associates are volunteering their time by becoming active partners in the communities they serve, with representatives of the company meeting with local organizations to determine the most urgent needs.  A combined $1 million commitment was provided to 10 different organizations serving the homeless in Volusia, Brevard, Lake, Orange, Sumter, Citrus, Pasco, Hillsborough, Hernando, and Pinellas counties.

"Our mission at BB&T is to make the world a better place to live," said Billy Copeland, BB&T Market President.  "This is simply an extension of our mission. As a corporation, we believe that the best way to do this is by giving back to the communities we serve."

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $182.7 billion in assets and market capitalization of $23.8 billion, as of June 30, 2013.  Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 1,851 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage nad insurance products and services.  A fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others.  More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at

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November, 2013

Dear FUTURES Supporter,

Investment in public education at the elementary, middle and high school levels provides a concrete return to economic development.  

The individuals, business and civic organizations that support our public schools through FUTURES know that a high performing educational system produces an educated workforce, with increased productivity and high tech skills.

FUTURES offers individual, civic and business partnerships that deliver a great return on your investment and provide a myriad of ways for you to make a connection with Volusia county students, teachers and staff.  Contact Kelly Ferguson, FUTURES Director for more information at 386.255.6475 ext. 50730 or email

  • To motivate and encourage creative and innovative educational programs
  • To assist students in preparing for the workforce of tomorrow 
  • To encourage and increase business and civic involvement with the school system
  • To recognize outstanding achievement by students, teachers, and support staff
  • To assist in the recruitment and development of the highest quality teachers
  • to raise the level of public understanding and support through improved communication and distribution of information

(for VCS employees only)

FUTURES is pleased to announce the following students selected for the 2013-2014 Tomorrow's Leaders program.  These students completed their orientation session on October 30th at Atlantic High School and will participate in their first seminar - Health Care & Criminal Justice Part 1 on November 12th.

Atlantic High School:  Marina Avellino, Dontia Orey, Desirea Trudel and Kristen Woody  DeLand High School: Joseph Hennessy, Sydney Lee, Samantha Rees, Olivia Stuart, Cody Woodard  Deltona High School:Casey Carbonell, Marilu duque, Jonathan Eloriaga and Olivia Noboa Mainland High School:  Taylor Crider, Grant Godbee, David Taylor, Genesis Vargas and Weston Voll New Smyrna Beach High School:  Zoe Davis, Heather Lyons, Delaney O'Brien and Victoria Sachs  Pine Ridge High School:  Savannah Bendik, Kathryn Buday, Sierra D'Errico and Sean Kinser  Seabreeze High School:Cassidy Denslow, Sam Hayworth, Alex Mika, Joseph Peluso and Patrick Windham  Spruce Creek High School: Connor Brok, Dalia Lache, Hailey Remigio, Benjamin Rice, Sydney Volenec and Kristin Wong  Taylor Middle-High School:  Favian Perez, Ilse Velazquez and Marcella Woosley University High School:  Paul Bebee and Brianna Charles

Tomorrow's Leaders 2013-2014


FUTURES acknowledged the Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award nominees and winner at a reception held on October 22nd at the DeLand Administration Complex.

Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award winner Cecilia Rivera of Starke Elementary School.

CONGRATULATIONS to our winner and nominees!

Come join us for the 2nd Annual Run for FUTURES 8K/5K Run-Walk scheduled for November 23rd, 2013 at Florida Tennis Center.


At Osteen Elementary School, Math Intervention Teacher April Jollie informed that funding for her grant "Lego Masters" will enable a team of fourth and fifth grade students to design, construct and program their own intelligent invention. She added that they will accept the 2013 Florida Lego League challenge, called "Nature's Fury," to compete with their robot in a local "robot fest."  She stated that during this experience, the students will learn to work independently of the teacher as a team. They will discover their own leadership strengths as well as the unexpected abilities of their peers.  Then they will create a presentation to share with an audience who can benefit from the solution.  She stated, "Having the FUTURES Foundation behind us, promoting quality education in Volusia County, has made a dramatic difference in the education experience of our students. Thank you to all the businesses and teachers who graciously donate to FUTURES".

At Deltona Middle School, Core Teacher Jaclyn Myers informed that funding for her grant "STEMing at Deltona Middle" would enable her to host a full STEM Day on campus on November 14th, 2013.  She stated that students will participate in hands on stations that bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to life and all Deltona Middle students will participate.  She added that they will have business partners presenting such as NASA, Spirit of Daytona, stations facilitated by teachers and specialists from the Volusia County School District and many more. She added, "Having the FUTURES Foundation behind us, promoting quality education in Volusia County, has made a dramatic difference in my classroom and in my school!"

At Cambpell Middle School, Non-Core Teacher Patricia Richmond informed that funding for her grant entitled "The Core in Common Core:  Visual Arts and Symbols" will give additional money for supplies to study the Art of Aborigines in Australia, make clay plaques inspired by Prehistoric Artists and Picasso, and create Amate Bark paintings like ones made in Mexico.  She invites all to please come and view the artwork at the 51st Halifax Art Festival.  The student exhibition will be displayed at 125 North Beach Street, Daytona Beach on Saturday, November 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Take Stock in Children Honor Roll Recipients for Grading period 1:

Kamyl Alicea, Christopher Arce, Daezya Birch, Samoya Calvin, Cody Carrier, Garrett Crawford, Nicholas Cupelli Destefano, Brianca Dandridge, D'Cota Dixon, Shawnetta Duffus, Eben Follmar, Jeffery Garcia, Esther Grealish, Melinda Jefferies-Beamon, Emily Johnson, Hannah Langrick, Morgan Lawrence, Kathleen Lester, Grace Lloyd, Narishya Mango, Marisha Mars, Matthew Motil, Kevin Olson, Geanna Ortiz, Kaylyn Over, Tomaree Parker, Keyur Patel, Joey Peluso, Rachal Poling, Patricia Quickery, Kaeli Raspotnik, Emily Romans, Paige Settle, Kaya Suksawat, Kevin Tierney, Krystal Valdez, Isabel Valencia, Jennifer Vargas, Ilse Velasquez, Kristin Waters, Danyale White, Anthony Williams, Richelle Williams, William Woulard, Shileya Wren and Zaria Young.

For information about the Take Stock In Children program, contact Sheila Rees at or 
by phone 386.255.6475 ext. 50724

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