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
May 18: Turn Around Program at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach

May 19:
FUTURES Board Meeting

June 8: Mini-Grant Evaluation forms due back to FUTURES

June 17: Take Stock in Children Leadership Council

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Social media was the subject of FUTURES' Tomorrow's Leaders graduation projects presented on April 22.

Students from all area public high schools worked collaboratively to explore the impact of social media use. Their presentations provided the audience with an overview of four types of currently popular social media. They presented the pros and cons and advocated for responsible use of Facebook, Twitter, blogging and texting.

After the graduation projects were presented, Volusia County Schools Superintendent Margaret Smith, school board members and FUTURES board members awarded plaques to the students to mark their successful completion of the program.

Now in its 20th year, Tomorrow's Leaders is sponsored by FUTURES Foundation for high school juniors. The students, competitively selected for the program, have volunteered at least 12 hours each of community service. Throughout the school year, they participated in seminars focusing on subjects such as the criminal justice system, health and social services, government and diversity, and business and economics.

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Caribbean Party: What a Time It Was


FUTURES' seventh annual Caribbean Party at the end of April was an evening to remember. We'd like to thank our event sponsors for their support:

FUTURES: 25 years Bank of America; Bomar Construction;  Brown & Brown; Cobb Cole; Consolidated Tomoka;

Daytona International Speedway; Daytona State College Foundation; Doran, Sims, Wolf, Ansay, Kundid & Birch; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University;

Fletch Ed Services; Florida Capital Bank; Florida Health Care Plans;  Florida Power & Light; Gateway Bank; Giles Electric; Hosseini Family Foundation;

James Moore & Company; JoEllen Rogers; Jon Hall Chevrolet/Ritchey Auto; Reames Employee Benefits Solutions Inc.; Rice & Rose, PA; Root Company; Sylvan Learning; The News-Journal; United States Tennis Association; and Weston, Gregory, PA.

This year's event celebrated 25 years of FUTURES' support for Volusia County public schools through scholarships for students; dropout prevention programs; grants for the classroom; and teacher, student and staff recognition. There were nearly 300 in attendance at the party, which raised over $33,000.
13 Incoming Freshmen Sign on; 13 Seniors Graduate From Take Stock

Take Stock logoIt's been an important few months for Take Stock In Children, a FUTURES program. Thirteen incoming high-school freshmen signed contracts, looking forward to receiving scholarships from the program in four years' time, and 13 Take Stock graduates received a four-year Florida Pre-Paid college tuition scholarship to a state college or university.
While in high school, each student meets weekly with a mentor provided by Take Stock. Participants also agree to remain drug and crime free and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. In addition, Take Stock students, who are from a low socioeconomic background but are high achievers, must guarantee their parents' support, and they are required to take part in all program events.

Pamela C. Martin, student advocate for the program, ran an orientation session for the incoming freshmen in April. The 13 Take Stock students from the class of 2014 are:

Creekside Middle School, Port Orange
Chiara Carni - attending New Smyrna Beach High School
Kevin Tierney - attending Spruce Creek High School
Danyale White - attending Atlantic High School

New Smyrna Beach Middle School
D'Cota Dixon - attending New Smyrna Beach High School

Campbell Middle School, Daytona Beach
Morgan Lawrence - attending Spruce Creek, International Baccalaureate Program
Shaun Harris - attending Spruce Creek, IB Program

Silver Sands Middle School, Port Orange
Melissa Lynch - attending Atlantic
Jonathan Montes DeOca - attending Spruce Creek, IB Program
Matthew Motil - attending Spruce Creek, IB Program

Southwestern Middle School, DeLand
Marisha Mars - attending DeLand High School

Holly Hill Middle School
Richelle Williams - attending Seabreeze High School

Hinson Middle School, Daytona Beach  
Anthony Williams - attending Mainland High School

Taylor Middle-High School, Pierson
Alexander Benitez - attending Taylor Middle-High School
The 13 graduates from the class of 2010 who received FUTURES' Take Stock in Children college scholarships are:
Atlantic High School, Port Orange
Kent Bethea - attending Florida State University, psychology major
Kathy Christian - attending Daytona State College, X-ray technology program

Mainland High School, Daytona Beach
Ben Gonzalez - received Medallion of Excellence Award; attending the University of Florida, biochemistry major

Spruce Creek High School, Port Orange
Anna Radyvonyuk (IB Program) - attending UF, biology/pre-med major
Bianca Martin (IB Program) - attending Stetson University, biology/pre-med major

New Smyrna Beach High School
Brody Lanigan - received Dell Scholarship; attending the University of North Florida, marine biology major

DeLand High School
Sarah Angel (also receiving AA degree from DSC) - attending Stetson, business administration/finance major
Verniqua Heppern - attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Kavon Mark Joyce - attending University of South Florida on a football scholarship
Katie Santos (IB Program) - attending Jacksonville University, psychology major, dance minor
Yesenia Mendez (also receiving AA degree from DSC) - attending FSU, biology/pre-med major

Pine Ridge High School, Deltona  
Tyeshane Franisco - attending FAMU, nursing major

Taylor Middle-High School, Pierson
Jasmine Gutierrez - received Medallion of Excellence Award; attending UF, computer engineering major
For more information about the Take Stock in Children Program, visit, the website of the educational foundation for Volusia County Schools.