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
Volusia County Schools
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
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
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:
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 StockIt'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.
Martin, student advocate for the program, ran an orientation session
for the incoming freshmen in April. The 13 Take Stock students from the
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
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
Verniqua Heppern - attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Kavon Mark Joyce - attending University of South Florida on a football
Katie Santos (IB Program) - attending Jacksonville University, psychology
major, dance minor
Yesenia Mendez (also receiving AA degree from DSC) - attending FSU, biology/pre-med
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
For more information about the Take Stock in Children
Program, visit www.futuresvolusia.org,
the website of the educational foundation for Volusia County Schools.