News from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools
Celebrating 26 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.

Volusia County Schools

Upcoming Events
September 21 - FUTURES Board Meeting

September 21-23 Educator Intern Program

September 26 - School Matching Grants announced

September 28 - Tomorrow's Leaders Applications due

September 29 - Mini-Grant applications due to principal for signature

For details, visit

The 2011-2012 calendar of FUTURES events may be found at

Shout-outs to:

Peter's Wine Shop & Bar for their charity-trivia donation.

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!

Many thanks to Progress Energy Foundation for their contribution in the amount of $30,000.00 to support FUTURES Mini-Grant Program and Volusia County Schools Energy Project.

Many thanks to TD Charitable Foundation for their donation of $3,000.00 as part of the bank's commitment to giving back to the community.

Many thanks to Raydon for their donation of $500.00 to support FUTURES Mini-Grant Program.

Your Company Can Be a
of FUTURES Most Successful Program...

The FUTURES Board has sponsorship opportunities that will allow your company or organization to award a grant to a deserving classroom teacher in the name of your business.  Align your organization with one of our grant categories, including reading, math, literacy, science, technology, environmental, health & wellness, special needs and many more.  Contact Beth Butera, FUTURES Director, FOR MORE INFORMATION AT (386) 255-6475 EXT. 50730.

September, 2011

  Welcome back!
Hope you had a great summer!

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools Announces New Officers
and Staff

The FUTURES Board is pleased to announce the names of the recently installed executive board members:

President - Bobby Thigpen
President Elect - Chris Hill
Vice President - Sam Willett
Secretary - Brad Giles
Treasurer - Paula Gregory
Past President - Rosaria Upchurch

This year marks the 26th anniversary of FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools.  Since the Foundation's inception in 1985, FUTURES has provided numerous programs and activities for the students and staff.  FUTURES members look forward to the school year ahead and the many opportunities to support the students and staff of Volusia County schools.


A big welcome to Kelly Ferguson and Jeanna Butler. 

Mrs. Ferguson is FUTURES new Director.  She will be working with Beth Butera for the month of September as the transition is made.  Kelly worked for Betty Castor, Florida's Commissioner of Education, before moving to Daytona Beach, where her husband accepted a position with the Cobb Cole law firm.  After moving to Daytona, she worked for businesses, schools and non-profit organizations, specializing in marketing, community relations and fundraising. Her fundraising experience has centered on raising funds for education and the arts.  Kelly and her husband, John, live with their family in Ormond Beach.

Miss Butler is FUTURES new Take Stock in Children Student Advocate and Program Associate. She will be working with the Take Stock students, mentors, and parents and will also be assisting Kelly Ferguson with the implementation of some of FUTURES programs.  Working in the non-profit sector as a student advocate for 3 years has allowed Jeanna to make a difference daily for children and families!

Welcome New Board Members

The FUTURES Foundation welcomes the following new members to its board of directors:

Michael Ciocchetti of Doran, Sims, Wolfe, Ansay & Kundid
Dustin Leek of Halifax Hospital
Miguel Maldonado of Wells Fargo

Principals of the Year and Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award

The Prize Patrol made its rounds on August 16th announcing the Elementary Principal of the Year, Secondary Principal of the Year and Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award recipient.
Congratulations to Marie Stratton of Osceola and Ortona Elementary Schools as the Elementary Principal of the Year, Mamie Oatis of Southwestern Middle School as Secondary Principal of the Year, and Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Rhonda deCillis of Cypress Creek Elementary. 

Mini-Grant Program
Sponsored by FUTURES

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 Mini-Grant program.  This year we have increased the budget to $65,000 for teacher grants. 

FUTURES Foundation is seeking applications for the funding of projects which demonstrate innovative and effective ways to meet students' needs and increase motivation to learn.  Grants of up to $1,500 may be submitted for projects.

In the last 26 years, FUTURES has delivered more than $1.2 million to teachers and has funded more than 2,821 classroom projects for Volusia teachers.

Grant applications are now available on the FUTURES website.
1.  Go to
2.  Select "Programs" tab (at top of page)
3.  Select "Mini-Grants"
4.  Scroll down to "Forms for Mini-Grants"
5.  Select mg11-12applicpkt.doc

Completed applications are due to the FUTURES office on October 6, 2011.

Tomorrow's Leaders Program

Tomorrow's Leaders is a leadership training opportunity for high school juniors.  Through a five month program of high structured activities, participants become familiar with current issues, community resources, and other factors influencing the direction of Volusia County's future.  Participation in Tomorrow's Leaders prepares students for constructive leadership and responsible participation in the affairs of Volusia County.

From October through March, students are involved in a series of four seminars and a workshop.  Topics selected will be pertinent to Volusia County and will cover such areas as:
  • Criminal Justice system
  • Health/Social services
  • Government/Diversity
  • Economic Development/Education
At each seminar the students are instructed on the qualities associated with being a successful leader, such as goal setting, communicating effectively, time management, and human behavior and motivation. 

Applications are now available on the FUTURES website.
1.  Go to
Select "Programs" tab (at top of page)
3.  Select "Tomorrow Leaders"

Completed applications are due to the FUTURES office on September 28, 2011.