News from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools
Celebrating 25 Years of Support for Volusia County's Public Schools
   FUTURES Education Foundation

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.

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Upcoming Events
Jan. 20: FUTURES Board Meeting

Jan 21:
Tomorrow's Leaders Seminar on Government and Diversity

Feb. 5: Teacher of the Year Celebration

Feb. 11: Turn Around Applications Distributed

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Kelly Anne Conway
Current Teacher of the Year is Kelly Anne Conway from New Smyrna Beach High School. To see a list of the 2011 nominees, click here.

Recognized Leaders Sponsor Teacher of the Year Celebration

Volusia County's Teacher of the Year will be named at an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village.

The celebration is co-sponsored by FUTURES Foundation and the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, plus these businesses and organizations:

Presenting Sponsor
  • Bright House
Gold Sponsors
  • Daytona 500 Experience
  • Halifax Health
  • VTO
Silver Sponsors
  • Bank of America
  • Brown & Brown
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union
  • University of Central Florida
Bronze Sponsor
  • Nova Southeastern University
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Beth Butera, FUTURES Director, at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730.
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Get in on the 2010 FUTURES Bowl-A-Thon
Bowling Circle

The clock is ticking on FUTURES Foundation's 17th annual Bowl-A-Thon, which is ready to roll at bowling centers in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona and New Smyrna Beach on Feb. 20 and 21 and in Ormond Beach March 13 and 14. Look for family fun on more than 270 bowling lanes, plus the opportunity to raise money that directly helps Volusia County's teachers and students.

To support FUTURES, make a pledge to a school Bowl-A-Thon team, and then show up to cheer your bowlers on.

Also, we're looking for virtual bowlers to take part in Wii events at Sam's Club in Daytona Beach. The addition of Wii Bowling for Education is new for the 2010 Bowl-A-Thon. For a $5 donation, you can Wii Bowl for Volusia County Schools at Sam's Club, 1175 Beville Road, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 and March 6. Your donation also gives you a chance to win a Wii game console and gift certificates for Sam's Club. Get your tickets in advance here.

The goal is to triple participation in this annual event, enlisting more than 5,000 bowlers, including "virtual" bowlers, and raising $55,000 to support Volusia County public school classrooms. For Bowl-A-Thon sponsorship opportunities at many levels, contact Beth Butera, FUTURES Director, at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730.
FUTURES Takes Stock in High-Achieving Students

Take Stock In Children, a program of the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, targets low-income but high-achieving incoming high school students for college-tuition scholarships.

"To encourage their potential, TSIC provides a mentor for each student who meets with them weekly at school," explains Pamela C. Martin, a student advocate for the program. "Students must also agree to remain drug and crime free and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA."

Participants also must guarantee their parents' support and take part in all program events. Upon graduation from a Volusia County public high school, Take Stock students will receive a two- or four-year Florida Pre-Paid college tuition scholarship to the state non-profit college or university of their choice. To give more students a chance at higher education, FUTURES is introducing and concentrating on two-year awards this school year.

Eighth-grade students are nominated by their school guidance counselor and apply together with a parent each year in January. Selections are made in March, with students signing their contracts for the upcoming school year during a ceremony each May.

Teachers Garner 103 Mini-Grants for Special Classroom Projects
FUTURES recently awarded 103 Mini-Grants to Volusia County Schools teachers during a presentation at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. A total of $60,385 was awarded to teachers in amounts ranging from $150 to $1,500. Over 25 years of community support, FUTURES has funded more than 2,200 such Mini-Grants, totaling $1,126,681, thanks to generous sponsors. Special awards announced at the end of 2009 include:
Superintendent's Mini-Grant Award ($800) to Spruce Creek High School teacher Andrea White for "FUTURES Meets 'Strong Science' and 'A+ Funding' in Genetic Discovery." Twelfth-graders studying molecular genetics in higher-level biology will extract DNA from their own hair follicles and amplify it, making thousands of copies, to track whether each of them possesses a particular DNA sequence or some form of it. (This genetic characteristic has not been linked to any disease and makes no reference to relatedness among individuals.) Gene and genotypic frequencies for the class as a whole will be calculated and compared with a database in which results of this test for thousands of populations are stored. The class's data will be entered into the database so that other schools and investigators also can utilize the genetic profiles.

Creative Award ($630) to Cypress Creek Elementary School teacher Richard West for "Racing into Learning-Otter Slot Car Club." Pup Slot Car Club for kindergarten through grade 2 and Otter Slot Car Club for grades 3 to 5 will meet after school. A local business will supply the track, cars and accessories to the school. Students will use interactive notebooks in completing age-appropriate, hands-on experiments involving weight, balance, force, motion, place value, scale, design and graphing. The clubs will extend general learning concepts from the classroom, emphasizing teamwork. Students also will track improvement of their driving skills.
Creative Award ($1,500) to Manatee Cove Elementary School teacher Janet Gray for "Florida Weather Just Blows Me Away."  After reading up, students will do an in-depth study of Florida's hazardous weather conditions by setting up anemometers to measure wind speed and direction, thermometers to find the effects of wind on temperature changes and tornado tubes to look at tornado formation and vortex action. The weather
tracker will teach students how to graph wind chills as they read isobars.  Students also will also put together 500 emergency bags to be distributed to school families and community members.
Creative Award ($1,450) to Volusia Pines Elementary School teacher Debbie Hibdon for "SOS -- Sensory Observation Stations." The science lab teacher will set up observation stations with assistance from the physical education coach, art teacher and other adults from the Parent Teacher Association and School Advisory Committee. The stations will cover all grade levels, utilizing scientific process skills via sensory investigations of natural surroundings. Lab tools will be used to measure and record data.  Mentoring of younger students by older students  also will be encouraged.  Results of the observations will be published in the Science Club newsletter.
Creative Award ($1,000) to Woodward Elementary School teachers Marsha Cameron, Angela Grover, Kim Geist and Mary Topping for "The Return of the Glass Slipper."  Third and fourth grade students will put on a real stage musical, with costumes, makeup, scenery and choreography.  To prepare, students will focus on reading plays, writing fairy tales and becoming familiar with play genre. Art, music and physical education choreography classes will assist with the preparations along with the P.T.A. and parents.  Students will be reading, writing, dancing, singing, acting, memorizing, drawing and painting. Math and social skills also will be honed.
Creative Award ($550) to New Smyrna Beach High School teachers Tina Curry and Deborah Samuels for "Caught Reading."  The goal of the project is to promote increased school-wide reading, visual literacy and an appreciation of graphic design. Photography students will study
principles of advertising photography, design, layout and copy and apply these principles to a school-wide ad campaign. Students and staff will be "caught" in "reading moments" around campus. Students will interview the reader about the book and write original copy to accompany the picture.  After digitally recording at least 30 images, students will create ad proof sheets, and peers will critique and select some for school posters.