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

FUTURES was 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. FUTURES is the only nonprofit foundation that provides assistance to all public schools in Volusia County.


FUTURES thanks our Regents Club members. FUTURES Education Foundation




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Thanks to our Chancellor's Club members Brown & Brown of Florida, Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, AT&T, Doran, Wolfe, Ansay, Kunkid, and Weston & Gregory, P.A.




FUTURES also thanks President's Club members Bethune-Cookman University, LPGA, Ocean Design Inc./Teledyne Oil & Gas, A.M. Weigel Construction, Inc, Daytona Beach Leadership Council and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.







Upcoming Events


1/20 Tomorrows Leaders Seminar on Government & Diversity


2/4 2012 Teacher of the Year Banquet


2/26-27 Bowl-A-Thon

New Club Member Benefits

FUTURES has a new level of Club Membership that delivers all-inclusive benefits. The Regents Membership ($5,000 annually) ensures that your business receives sponsorship benefits for all the Foundation's events and programs. Regents Club members are also featured in our monthly enews. Contact Beth Butera, FUTURES director, for more information at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730.
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A Reason to Celebrate!
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The FUTURES Board of Directors would like to thank all of our Club Members for helping the foundation achieve so many successes so far this school year.


At the top of that success list is the recent distribution of  $64,000 in mini-grants to classroom teachers, reaching the $1.2 million mark in mini-grants funded since the program's inception.


Another important achievement is the funding of $74,000 in FUTURES School Match program to support academic achievement through tutoring programs and resources.


Our next big event will be the annual Teacher of the Year Celebration. We are pleased to have the support of the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce again this year and still have opportunities for your business to get involved in recognizing teaching excellence in Volusia County.


If you haven't already formed a team for our Bowl-A-Thon event to be held Feb. 26-27, get rolling! 

Beth Butera
Director, FUTURES Inc.
386.255.6475 ext. 50730

Teacher of the Year Named Feb. 4

Presenting Sponsor

FUTURES and Volusia County Schools will be naming the 2012 Teacher of the Year on Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort. The five finalists for the award include: Kevin Alligood, science teacher, Silver Sands Middle; Christy Disinger, civics and American history teacher, DeLand Middle; Susan S. LeFils, kindergarten teacher, Forest Lake Elementary; Liz Lilly, first grade teacher, Horizon Elementary; and Holly Reddick Ward, English teacher, Spruce Creek High.

Honoring our public school teachers would not happen without the support of our sponsors. Thanks to presenting sponosr Bright House Networks and gold sponsors Bank of America, VTO, Fred Costello and Halifax Health. Also we thank our silver and bronze level sponsors FPL, UCF, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona State College, Nova Southeastern University, and USTA. We are still seeking sponsors for Teacher of the Year and need your support. Click here for information on sponsorship opportunities or contact Beth Butera, director of FUTURES, at (386) 255-6475 ext 50730.   

Gold Sponsor 
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Halifax Health
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FUTURES Delivers $64,000 to Teachers

FUTURES awarded 127 mini-grants totaling $64,000 to Volusia County Schools teachers in December.  Teachers received the grants to fund classroom projects in amounts ranging from $150 to $1,500.


Among the projects funded this year is the prestigious Superintendent's Mini-Grant Award to Campbell Middle School for students to develop a graphic-style newspaper with sections supporting school curriculum.


The following were recognized for their creativity:


Teachers at Deltona Lakes Elementary received a Creative Award for a project that combines music and science.


Teachers at Freedom Elementary received a Creative Award for a project that explores major art movements of the 20th century through the integration of math, science and technology.


Pine Trail Elementary students will participate in an after-school energy camp thanks to a Creative Award from FUTURES.


DeLand High teachers will use their Creative Award to build indoor wetlands for students to study water supply and water quality. 


Over the past 23 years, FUTURES has funded 2,327 mini grants for a total of $1.2 million.


Covidian Engineers Work With University High students on AT&T STEM at Work Grant

Students at University High School's Engineering Academy are working with Covidian to learn about and offer solutions to manufacturing problems. Covidian, the DeLand based manufacturer of medical supplies, is working with about 20 students as part of an AT&T STEM at Work grant.  STEM, which stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math, is an initiative to encourage more students to enter growing STEM field careers.  Covidian engineers will educate students on Good Manufacturing Practices and the students will job shadow employees of Covidian. The project will culminate with the Engineering Academy students presenting solutions in the areas of scrap reduction, overall equipment effectiveness, sampling plan optimization and total productive maintenance.

This project is just one example of the business and school partnerships that FUTURES provides to schools throughout the district.

Bowl-A-Thon clickSave the Date!


Two of FUTURES' biggest events are coming up and we want you to save the date!


The Bowl-A-Thon is February 26 & 27, 2011, at bowling alleys throughout the county. Join us in raising funds for Volusia County public schools by putting together a bowling team or supporting your local school's team.


The FUTURES Caribbean Party will be held April 15. Plans for the next Caribbean Party are well under way, and new sponsorship opportunities exist. The Caribbean Party always is a great, casual evening for supporters of Volusia County Schools to gather, celebrate and enjoy fine food and drink.

Contact Beth Butera, FUTURES director, for more information at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730 or visit us at